It’s been a while since I posted here. I’ve been away more than before pursuing new ventures, researching, and occasionally teaching. I’ve been on a beading cruise through the Panama Canal; in Ukraine for a very stimulating and busy three weeks; in Maine. For photos, stories and inspiration, see my newsletters.
Looking forward to traveling to Minneapolis to spend a weekend beading with the Upper Midwest Bead Society at end of July. See the full line-up of workshops on UMBS. I’ll be presenting an amazing “Contemporary Beadwork in Ukraine” along with a Mini Trunk Show at their Aug 1st meeting. Then playing tourist with Jo-Ann.
As part of the Inspiration Squad, I’m busy playing with new Czech bead shapes which BeadSmith periodically sends me. My latest are two tapered net bracelets which are cleverly finish with a tubular clasp for a fabulous fit. The textures and bead shapes make them spectacular and remind me of the Sierra Nevadas.
While the Sierra Nets are a cool design in awesome new beads, I believe these bracelets would also look great in other colorways. I’ll have a downloadable patten for them in Oct. Click here for more ideas of what to do with all those new shaped beads from the BeadSmith Inspiration Squad.
Bead Fest will be on Aug 19-21st outside of Philadelphia without me. Classes start earlier. If you’re in Northeastern USA, do try to make it to this show! I will be in Detroit reconnecting with my brother from NC and the other two MI brothers that weekend.
Back to Class at BeadFX on Sep 10th is a sure sign of Fall! I’ll be participating at the annual event to launch the upcoming new learning opportunities and classes.
The Toronto Bead Society Fall Bead and Jewellery Fair will be earlier this year. Mark Oct 14-15 on your calendars and come out to the YMCA for a new format of show starting Fri afternoon and Saturday. This is a change in date and location. It’s also a homecoming of sorts, as TBS used to meet and hold Bead Fairs at the “Y” for years.
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I’ve come up with the perfect tool for helping you create great colors for your beadwork and crafts. It’s the PETAL COLOR WHEEL which I first presented to the West Toronto Bead Guild in Oct 2015.
It has individual color combos of analogous and complimentary colors for easier understanding and inspiration. You can download them from here for reference. See it in action at the Spring Creativ Festival during my seminar “Colour Theory for Crafters”.
Rypan Designs Now Offering Downloadable
selection of netted styles: is available as downloadable
patterns for $8.95 each.
minutes of payment by Paypal you get a PDF with step
by step instructions, a supply list, photos of other
colour ways for inspiration and a finishing tip sheet.
CraftArtEducation: Preview my online class. Netting Primer is
fully narrated with excellent photos of the steps
in three parts which can be stopped at any time and
replayed for your convenience.
starts off with a solid Beadweaving Basics and has
5 variations of the basic net. A 30 page handout makes this the best Netting resource on internet. Check it out and
add it to your resources.
is an excellent opportunity to have my personal assistance
and instruction for a small price in your very own
Click on the link to the blogs anytime. Peruse through the “ABC’s of Creativity”.
See Kits in a separate section in the Catalogue for Rypan Designs beadwork kits and printed patterns. “Buy 4, get ONE* FREE” SPECIAL (*lowest price item, books excepted) applies at shows and online.
Learn How To Diagonal Weave Using Triangle Beads from my YouTube video. I show how to beadweave using two very different shapes of beads into a fun tennis bracelet.
Visit the Gallery and be inspired! See Maria's own Gallery, Student's work & Wedding stories complete with photos and kit references. Enjoy the eye candy and stories.
Peruse my Portfolio to see projects, published articles, presentation and seminar topics, plus what’s happening in the press
Be sure to see “Walking With Our Sisters", a commemorative art installation for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada and USA. It is traveling around the NOrth American continent for several more years. My moccasin vamps are part of the 1725 pairs beaded by 1372 artists. 2016 continues with stops in Mount Kearsage Indian Museum in New Hampshire. Check their website to see when the installation will be in your community. It is very worthwhile spiritual experience.
RYPAN DESIGNS introduced children to beading through the Jelly Collection. They’re all-inclusive line of kits of beads, cord and unique step-by-step photo instructions and perfect for gifts and birthday parties. BONUS!!! on-line photo instructions for ladders and daisies for your use!
Presentations & Workshops:
“Pysanky of North America” was just created to show at the Pysanka Museum in Kolomyya, Ukraine before I presented them the pysanka-shaped coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint on May 31, 2016. It shows the amazing pysanka eggs created in USA and Canada in all shapes, sizes and at a variety of venues. This is a must see!
“Contemporary Prykrasy (Adornments) in Ukraine III” shows the latest trend in beadwork since the Maidan Revolution. There’s a lot of 3-D florals and a return to traditional adornments. This covers 2013-2016.
"Beader’s Paint Box" – a demonstration
of colour theory and design for your bead projects. Since
you cannot blend beads like paint, you’ll see how to effectively
use bead finishes and colour placement.
“Pysanky & Traditional Dress of Ukraine”
debuted Mar 2013 at the Regional Pysanky. The images are all
new. Mostly from the Museum of Decorative Folk Arts in Kyiv.
This presentation has the best combo of ‘pysanky’ with dress
and folk arts of particular regions. Book it anytime because
the costumes and ‘pysanky’ are timeless.
— Ukrainian Loomwoven Patterns”, is a visual show
of how four different styles of loomweaving are created. Best
way to learn is to book a Loomwork Series
with custom-made wooden looms and choice of four RD Medallion
and Swag patterns or kits.
“Beadwork: THE Most Versatile Art Form”,
an inspirational seminar launched at Creativ Festival, and
shows a good variety types of beading.
“Embellishing your World: Beading and Surface Designs”
can change your world.
“Reinterpreting Nature: Adornments & Decor”
is the latest eye candy edition combing all sorts of nature-inspired
art, craft and architectural detail with beading. Curious??
I’d love to show it to your group.
“Tour of Gerdany Regions of Ukraine” comes
with a companion “Ethnographic Regions” travelogue
which gives a wonderful overview of Ukraine. I found it gives
greater appreciation for the beadwork featured in the “Gerdany
“Contemporary Beadwork in Ukraine II” shows a variety of ways beads are used in creating jewelry, decor and in making beaded pysanky to 2012.
Photo Album of
the “White Aster of Love” Book Project (1989 to 1992 and beyond)” is about a unique embroidery and poetry project by dissident Iryna Senyk and a Women’s League in Toronto.
Truly inspirational and ready to show anywhere.
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