Boost Your Creativity with Bead Classes

Nov 19, 2008

Cleaning, Classes, and Creativity

Ever get in a creative rut? I do all the time. What works for me is to clean my beading table. Not only is it nice to have a clean surface to work on, but seeing all the beads I’ve forgotten about helps wake up my imagination.

Another way I enrich my creative life is to take a beading class. I know—it might seem a little odd since I’m a teacher myself and know lots about beading, but by taking a class I get to experience how another artist has solved a design problem. Plus, being around all that inspired energy and good conversation makes me feel even more enmeshed in this wonderful bead community of ours.

Bead classes are held all around the country. At bead shops, of course, but you can also find them at community, arts, culture, and senior centers, and after-school programs. Some teachers even hold classes in their homes, and you can even find them online. But let me tell you, if you really want to get a well-rounded creative boost, consider making a trip of it. One great opportunity coming up is Bead Fest Santa Fe, happening March 12-15, 2009.

Santa Fe:  The Beaders' Mecca

Santa Fe holds a special place in a lot of beaders’ hearts. For people who’ve been involved in this community for a long time, Santa Fe is like the beaders’ Mecca. For years, it’s been the place where we make a beading pilgrimage every March. It’s where many of us first met—so happy to find other obsessed people like ourselves. The restaurants, hotels, and streets are filled with people chattering about beads, showing off recent purchases, sharing stories about a class or lecture they’d attended, seeing old friends and introducing themselves to new ones, and generally basking in the creativity of the surroundings. Really, the city of Santa Fe can pull anyone out of a creative rut, with its many art galleries, local shrines, the Museum of International Folk Art, and great local bead shops. Plus, the great restaurants (and maybe a margarita or two?) from one end of town to the other help make the trip not only inspirational, but a downright blast.

If you’re up for diving into this kind of atmosphere, sign up for some classes at Bead Fest Santa Fe. If you can’t make it to Santa Fe this year, buy these great 1-hour Bead Fest Video Workshops on DVD, and you’re almost as good as there. 

First Time Teaching in Santa Fe!

This year is a first for me because I actually get to teach a couple classes in Santa Fe, my Pacifica Bracelet and Tibetan Message Beaded Beads. Teaching will add another rich layer to my memories of this wonderful place. But I’m definitely going to book a couple days in for hanging out—there are just too many milagros, machacas, and margaritas with my name on them!

Are you heading to Santa Fe Bead Fest in March or taking an upcoming class in your town? Tell us on the website!

Jean Campbell writes about beading and life every Wednesday on Beading Daily. If you have comments or questions for Jean, please post them on the website. Thanks! 

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ValerieA@6 wrote
on Nov 19, 2008 2:18 PM
I've already filled my week with classes in Santa Fe! I am sooo excited...more to tell soon.
BeadsNWire wrote
on Nov 19, 2008 4:47 PM
I can't make it to Santa Fe, but I plan to attend the Innovative Beads Expo in Doylestown PA on Dec. 6th & 7th, and I 'm registered for a class at that show. I'm really looking forward to it. Beading classes provide a terrific method of learning for me, and there is the added bonus of meeting new people. Thanks to all the bead instructors out there! Perhaps one day I'll be good enough to act as an instructor also ;-)
Rsensabaugh wrote
on Nov 20, 2008 5:35 AM
Jean, I love the patterns for the classes you will be teaching at Santa Fe. Will it be possible to purchase those patterns and instructions for those of us who cannot attend the show?
on Dec 17, 2008 12:19 PM
I love to take classes. As a former English teacher, I also love to share my expertise with others. I would like the opportunity to teach more in the future. I like to take the mystique out of beading and insist that just about anyone can do it! I once adapted an earring class to a woman who had limited use of her left had. It took about twice as long for her to learn it, but we both had fun and I think she was very proud of her accomplishment and wears those earrings with pride! As for taking classes, I prefer to take classes that stretch my creative limits. Last summer at the Bead & Button show I was fortunate to take a two-day workshop with Susan Lenart Kazmer. I highly recommend taking classes just to have a fresh perspective. This year I would like to take classes in other creative pursuits...mixed media collage, creative journaling, right-brained entrepreneurial stuff. I love the hands on creating classes, but sometimes I am struck by how much I can translate to my chosen craft from other outside the jewelry box classes! Enjoy the day! Erin, Tesori Trovati Jewelry
Deb Z wrote
on Jan 1, 2010 10:48 AM

I am thinking about attending Bead Fest 2010 in santa Fe. Does anyone know of a forum or a blog where people talk about this? Reccomendations of places to stay, places to eat, how to get around, things to see while you're there, etc? I am a newbie to this show and don't know anything about it. I have been to the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee and the big show in Tuscon,AZ.