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!
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.
Melissa G Shippee is a published beadwork designer who teaches workshops internationally, contributes regularly to books and magazines, and illustrates diagrams for other instructors. She studied physics and art in college but turned her attention to beads when motherhood changed the direction of her life.
Her publications and contributions include two full-length instructional beading books called Beautiful Beadwork from Nature and I Can Herringbone, as well as projects in Beadwork Magazine, Bead & Button Magazine, Bead Star Magazine, Perlen Poesie, and Beading All Stars.
Melissa has been a Beadwork Magazine Designer of the Year and a Starman Trendsetter, and also won awards for her bead artistry. To view more of Melissa's designs, visit www.mgsdesigns.net.
Jayashree Paramesh was introduced to the world of beads through a bead embroidery class she took while a student at Parsons, The New School for Design, New York. She looks everywhere for inspiration and then creates from within. Her designs are more about her desire to bring out the unique beauty of the beads and the woman, rather than having a signature style. That being said, she is inspired by fine jewelry and loves to use some gold or silver in her pieces. Sparkly crystals and gemstones in jewel-tones are her favorites.
She has been beading for about 9 years. Her designs have been published in Perlen Poesie, Beadwork, and Bead and Button. She has taught and continues to teach at various studios and stores across the USA, Bead and Button Shows, exclusive bead retreats, bead cruises, and Bead Guilds. It is a very gratifying experience for her to share her designs with fellow bead artists. To see more of her work, please visit Nchantme page on Facebook. Many kits and tutorials of her designs are available at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Nchantme.
Guest Instructor for Optional Classes
Alexandra was born and raised in Ukraine. When Alexandra was about six years old, she saw a magnificent beaded herdan made by her great-grandmother Anastasia. Instantly falling in love with this beaded treasure, she decided to learn how to make this kind of jewelry herself.
Beading for over fifteen years. She has accumulated both national and international recognition and publications in the US, Ukrainian, British, and German magazines. She had her pieces modeled on a runway, exhibited at the TOHO Museum in Japan, and featured in Creative Beading, Volumes 9 &10.
Alexandra teaches beading classes at US bead shops, at bead shows, on Zoom, and sometimes internationally.