Rypan, bead artist and educator, was born in the USA and currently
resides in Canada. Rypan Designs has a strong presence on
both sides of the border through teaching and shows.
with a BA in Art; Diploma in Merchandising. Proven track record
for initiation and developing private and branded products
and programs from concept to market resulted in own line of
Rypan Designs kits, patterns and instruction books.
Designs is an international publisher of beadwork books with
world-wide distribution. Kits, patterns and books are sold
through mail order, workshops or bead shows in Canada and
USA (from AZ to PA, from MI & WI down to TX).
often. Extensive detailed website catalogs of beadwork products
make mail order easy. Listings for both USA and Canada Events
are a great resource. In addition to her own Gallery, student’s
beadwork variations are included in the Student’s Gallery
with descriptions of learned techniques and credits.
Expertise in Ukrainian-style of beadwork:
Rypan has become a recognized expert in Ukrainian-style beadwork.
She is continually experimenting with new ways of beading
within her cultural tradition. Her specialty is netting, unique
beadweaving and loomwork techniques.
developed the methodology for easily loomworking a long Ukrainian-style
fringed medallion neckpiece with floating woven segments between
connector seed/bugle beads. A long wooden loom makes it easy
to weave the entire band and then join in front with a medallion
or swag finish. Kits with specially prepared overview and
detailed project instructions are available. Hands-on workshops
are highly recommended.
in Ukraine: Past, Present and Future” slide presentation
based on August research trip to Ukraine was featured to international
audience in Fall 2004. It was supplemented with album showing
more behind-the-scene beadwork ‘funds’ and adornments
on folk costume exhibits.
Evolution of Rypan’s beadwork and teaching:
the netting technique from Oksana Ivanochko, a visiting bead
artist from Ukraine, in 1994. Other Ukrainian beadweaving
techniques were self-taught based on research. She wanted
to share this unique Ukrainian tradition with like-minded
cultural enthusiasts as it was virtually unknown in North
developed a series of beadwork classes with her own instructional
material and has been teaching internationally since 1995.
Unique illustrated step-by-step lessons were developed at
a quick rate as students kept asking what they were going
to “learn next week”. Progressed from basic netting
with seed and bugles to adding a motif or two; then several
more intricate patterns; varying widths; toothed and irregular
jagged finishes; fringes; then unique beadwoven techniques
and finally loomwork.
evolved to further explain the function of each bead or beadweaving
sequence. (i.e., edge point, mesh point, bauble point, edge,
1999 the instructions were available in all-inclusive kits
and books. Because they were so clear, it became possible
for anyone around the world to sit down and beadweave any
choice pattern and technique with an excellent success rate.
Patterns were developed in 2004 with supply lists for those
with bead stashes.
demos on all types of beadweaving, netting variations, beadstringing
and loomwork were presented with overhead transparencies and
handouts since 2002. Articles on specific projects, as well
as reviews of her instruction books and kits, have been published
in international publications.
enjoys teaching and showing how adaptable beadweaving is;
how total looks can be changed simply by use of different
materials or finishes. She shows how complex designs are not
so complicated when taken step-by-step and instills confidence
to try different variations. The greatest satisfaction is
when students “get it” and all of a sudden it’s
is a miniature work of wearable art.”
enjoy the Gallery. Attend a beadweaving workshop or show in
your community. Check out the beadwork books. Try a new technique
with an all-inclusive kit.