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Unusual objects and shapes become part of a new story as Sherry stitches beads and gemstones, one at a time, to a felt like base. Most pieces are born spontaneously as the beads and Sherry’s imagination dictate the design. She seldom works from sketches. Sherry finds this meditative form of art to be a rich counterpoint to a society full of instant gratification. Some pieces take a year to complete. Each is unique.
Sherry was raised in a military family, moving every few years. She credits that nomadic lifestyle with giving her an adventurous and uninhibited approach to her work.
Sherry was voted one of the top 10 instructors in the United States by Bead & Button magazine. She lectures and teaches throughout the U.S. and has won numerous awards for excellence in design, including Saul Bell Outstanding Jewelry Design Award, Bead International 2006, People’s Choice Bead Dreams, Runner Up Best in Show Bead Dreams, Kennedy Best of Nationally. She has been published and has written articles for several well-known magazines. Her work has been featured on the covers of trade magazines and catalogs and is the co-author of the Art of Bead Embroidery with artist and dear friend Heidi Kummli and Sensational Bead Embroidery by Sherry Serafini.
Sherry’s beaded art is known internationally and is owned and worn by Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, and singer Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas. Her beadwork has been seen at fashion week in Milan by the artists who commission her.
Marcia has been creating jewelry out of little tiny seed beads since first becoming enamored in the early 1990’s. Her teaching career began in 1998 alongside her corporate career until 2004 when the beads became her full time endeavor.
Marcia has taught worldwide, has published three books and six videos and loves to share what she has learned along the way. While versed in many different bead weaving techniques, she often gravitates to Cubic Right Angle weave for many of her design offerings.
You'll Never Bead the Same!
September 19 - 22, 2019
My beadwork flows through my fingers with the greatest of ease. Each bead is sewn down using bead embroidery techniques, knowing exactly where to rest. I allow spirit or perhaps the universe to express itself through me. I can’t take credit for the results, as it is deeper than myself.
Currently Heidi lives on 16 acres in the Indian Peaks Wilderness of Colorado at 9000 feet in elevation, with her husband Gregg and three dogs. Their home is built off the grid, meaning they use the sun and a backup generator for their power. Heidi has spent most of her life in quietude and solitude learning from the place deep within. Living among the forests and mountain spirits, whom have given many lessons throughout her life.
Heidi has written two books, “The Art of Bead Embroider” published in 2007 with dear friend Sherry Serafini and, “The Spirit of Bead Embroidery” published in 2012. Heidi has won over 31 awards in her 40-year career as a Bead Artist. She teaches private workshops on bead embroidery and Shamanism in her mountain studio throughout the year.“I hope that each piece I make brings a sense of healing and peace into the world. My work has always been a reflection of my surroundings, by using animals and natural stones in my work I feel in some way I am passing along that connection that sadly so many of us have forgotten.”