This is cover of the April 2012 edition of Australian Beading magazine, Vol 6. No.2. This edition is especially poignant for me as both a project contributor and a beading artist. The Editor, Kelly Nealon and the team announced me to the readers of the magazine as an 'Internationally Acclaimed Beading Artist'.
It felt peculiar too have such high accolades not only spoken but printed on the cover of a magazine!
I was emailed the .pdf of the cover prior to it's release but I did not see the top caption at first .. just saw my Spanish Dancer earring design (top right) on the cover. Terrific .. I thought .. wow .. Mel, that is 5 times on the cover of this popular bead mag. I looked at the mag cover at least 3 times again before I noticed the thin pink line at the top of the mag with white letters. My first reaction was a big belly laugh .. I don't know why .. it just felt right. I still now feel a little uncomfortable with the title. I try to push aside my insecurities and difficulties with 'self promotion' I literally forced myself to include the title on such things as my Linked profile, my website, Facebook and other networking threads. My thought process being well if Australian Beading feel this way .. then so must I.
I thank the magazine deeply for their support of my jewellery projects and articles. I have been writing for this publication for exactly 4 years this April. It is fitting too that the April edition, my 4th year as a contributor that I have grown to become an 'internationally acclaimed beading artist'.
ps for those wondering how this came about .. two of my beadwork pieces were included in the prestigous 500 Series by Lark Publishing. Lark Publishing a US publishing house will release on August 2012 'Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry'. I am extremely proud to be a part of this publication. I have two beadwork pieces currently in the US with the Bead & Button team awaiting further jurying for both the Seed Bead Category and the Crystal Jewelry Category. I have one other piece of beadwork also in the US with Fire Mountain Beads & Gems as a finalist with their Swarovski Crystal Jewelry Competition.
pss The Spanish Dancer earring pattern/tutorial appears on page 108.