As you would expect from Bead Fest, we have a lot of celebrated artists joining us again in the Pacific Northwest. Names like Anne Mitchell, Kieu Pham Gray, Kate Richbourg and Steven James probably ring a bell. But it’s not just the fan-favorites we want you to know about. We have an incredibly talented artist named Sarah Thompson teaching this year. Want to know why you NEED to save a seat in her workshops? Keep reading to find out!
About Sarah: With 7 years of teaching under her belt, Sarah’s a wire working pro! As a self-taught artist, Sarah is always looking for the next challenge in designing with wire. She has a book out called Fine Art Wire Weaving, as well as multiple magazine articles and an online video through Craftsy called Wire Weaving Bracelets: Basics and Beyond.
What is your favorite part about teaching at Bead Fest?
“This will be my first year teaching at the Bead Fest and I am really looking forward to it as I have heard wonderful things.”
Why should students take your workshops this year in Tacoma?
“If you want to elevate your wire skills I can help you with that. My students learn a lot in my classes and they come out of class inspired and with a new sense of adventure with wire.”
What is your favorite thing about teaching jewelry making to others?
“I have a passion for wire weaving and love instilling that passion in others. There is nothing better than seeing my students get excited over what they are creating and seeing the sense of accomplishment they have at the end of class.”
BONUS! NEW Exhibitor Spotlight: Find everything you need under one roof!
We’re introducing more than just new instructors this year at Bead Fest Tacoma! We’re welcoming a list of of talented artisans who will be showcasing their curated selections of globally-sourced findings on the Expo Floor.
- Ava Motherwell Collection: Vintage and contemporary beads, findings and buttons all made in Germany
- Filigree and Me: Brass findings
- Hands of the Hills: Antique/ancient beads and artifacts, bone/horn, findings, glass beads, pendants, shell, silver, and brass
- Julie Nordine Credit River Art Glass: Handmade art glass beads, findings, jewelry, kaleidoscopes and objects inspired by nature
- Tracey Donoughe: Ceramic and clay beads and components
- Venetian Bead Shop: Venetian glass beads, Murano glass beads, PerlaVita glass beads for Pandora, Tedora, and Chimilia
If you had a blast at Bead Fest Tacoma last year, just wait until you experience the event with our new additions. And if this is your first time at a Bead Fest event, you’re in for the creative treat of a lifetime!
But as we inch closer to the event, more workshop seats are filling up. Make a commitment to your creativity, and indulge in a weekend of jewelry-making fun! All while taking in the view of Mt. Rainier, of course.