Meet the Teachers
You'll have a chance to meet the teachers Thursday night at the beverage and dessert reception, but read a little about them here first!
Kinga Nichols was born in 1980, in Hungary. At 19, she packed up her life in a backpack and moved to the US where she has been residing since, albeit not at the same place. She currently lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband Paul Nichols and furbabies Samantha Regina Nichols and Karl Friedrich Barx. Samantha Regina is not only her muse but her model as well. Many of Kinga's best known pieces were popularized by the canine model.
One way or another Kinga has been always making things, which started turning into a career when she was painting murals at the time she lived in New York. The murals were fun, but she did not feel like painting was her calling. Eventually she picked up a bead and Button magazine in 2007, found a bead embroidery project, and slowly but surely the obsession took over.
After that first project, she started creating her own designs and quickly found her own distinctive voice that allowed her to translate her imaginings into beadwork. Kinga is always brainstorming, and her imagination provides an endless supply of fanciful ideas that she translates into bead embroidery.
Her work first got noticed in the first Battle of the Beadsmith, quickly followed by her being a BeadDreams finalist in 2013 and getting 3rd place in the same competition in the Swarovski category in 2014, and a book feature in Marcia Decoster Presents, 2014. In 2015 she won first place in the crystal category in BeadDreams. She has done a number of instructional bead embroidery videos for Interweave publishing in 2016 and 2017, and has been featured in magazines in the US and Europe.
In 2013 she started teaching and she hopes to continue this as her chosen profession for a long time to come, not only passing on beady knowledge, but perhaps her unique way of looking at the world as a magical place filled with endless possibilities.
Beki Haley has been beading for over 40 years now. Introduced to the amazing art form of seed bead weaving by her Grandmother as a child, that early start in loving the intricacy and fine detail that can be attained with seed beads has stayed with her all throughout her life.
Even as a young teen, Beki loved to teach others all the beautiful things that can be created with beads, as such she has over 30 years of teaching experience in several different venues from large auditorium settings to intimate one-on-one classes and most everything in between.
Trained as a classic Silversmith at a young age has also given her an appreciate of the art and beauty of jewelry design, and using those formal skills allows her to share the technical aspects of jewelry design, as well as the importance of attention to detail and craftsmanship all while exploring your natural creativity.
The love of beads led her to open her own bead store, Out On A Whim, in 1986. "I could not be more thankful that I am able to be surrounded by beads in every aspect of my life. With my husband, four children, several animals and beads, there is not much more I could ever ask for."
During any stressful time in her life she turns to her beads for comfort and calm. The meditative action of beading is the perfect tool to bring peace and joy to her otherwise busy and chaotic life. Being able to share that joy in the form of teaching others how to create with beads is
a blessing beyond measure.
Maggie’s love of ancient history, color and patterns has followed her throughout her life. She uses seed beads, gemstones, focal beads, and a variety of beadweaving stitches – Peyote, Right Angle Weave, St. Petersburg, to name just a few- to translate designs found in mosaics, frescoes, architecture and jewelry into sculptural bead art to wear.
Maggie has taught and continues to teach workshops nationally and internationally throughout Europe. Her work has been shown in London, Milan and Naples and has been featured in ORNAMENT MAGAZINE, Beadwork Magazine, Bead and Button, and a variety of books. She has written a book, CLASSICAL ELEGANCE, for Lark Books as part of their Master Beadweaving Series.
Marcia is a leading beadwork artist, teacher, and writer. She was one of 36 artists featured in Masters Beadweaving. She has published three books, and shared her techniques through video. In 2014 Marcia presented Playing with Possibilities, a Bead and Button Master Class. Her work spans an aesthetic from whimsical to elegant. Proficient in many stitches she has worked in depth in both right angle weave and cubic right angle weave. Many of her designs incorporate some version of these two stitches.