Beading Editors

Jennifer VanBenschoten

Jennifer VanBenschoten

Jennifer VanBenschoten lives in the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York with her husband and son. A frequent contributor to Beadwork magazine and a longtime member of the Beading Daily community, she is thrilled to take on the role of Online Editor!

Jennifer eats, sleeps and breathes beads. In addition to being a primarily self-taught beadweaving artist, she also dabbles in lampwork glass beads and glass fusing. She sells her award-winning beadwork online and through local fine craft shows and markets. When she’s not beading, thinking about beading, buying beads, thinking about buying beads or writing about beading, you can find her in the garden, in the kitchen or doing something outdoors with her family.

 

Jean Campbell

Jean Campbell

Jean Campbell designs, teaches, and writes about beadwork. She is the founding editor of Beadwork magazine and has written and edited more than 45 books, most recently including Steampunk Style Jewelry and the upcoming Creating Glamorous Jewelry with Swarovski Crystals.

Jean writes a popular weekly blog on BeadingDaily.com and is a Crystallized Elements Ambassador for the Swarovski Company. She has appeared on the DIY Jewelry Making show, The Shay Pendray Show, and PBS' Beads, Baubles, and Jewels where she gives how-to instructions, provides inspiration, and lends crafting advice. Jean teaches off-loom beading throughout the United States. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her family and a whole lot of beads. Visit Jean’s website at www.jeancampbellink.com.

Melinda Barta

Melinda Barta

Melinda Barta is editor of Beadwork magazine, associate editor of Stringing magazine, and author of three books, including Hip to Stitch and best-selling Custom Cool Jewelry. Her third book, Mixed Metals: Creating Contemporary Jewelry with Silver, Gold, Copper, Brass & More, is coauthored with Danielle Fox. Melinda's department, Custom Cool, appears in each issue of Beadwork. She teaches workshops at schools across the country, including Interweave's Bead Fest shows, Penland School of Crafts, and John C. Campbell Folk School and has assisted fiber artist Renie Breskin Adams at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. She has made appearances on PBS, Style, and DIY networks, including the shows Scrapbooking, Uncommon Threads, and Craft Corner Death Match. A true lover of all crafts, Melinda is known to have sewing, embroidery, knitting, beadweaving, stringing, collage, scrapbooking, home improvement, and gardening projects in the works all at the same time. When she's not creating something with her hands, Melinda loves to spend her summers hiking and camping in the mountains with her husband and their dog. In the winter, she skis every chance she gets.

Debbie Blair

Debbie Blair

Debbie Blair is the managing editor of Beadwork and Stringing magazines. She finds her background as a graphic designer–coupled with the fact that she's a lifelong crafter–to be tremendously valuable in her current position with Interweave. She enjoys teaching the basics of stringing and wire work at a local craft store, but dreams of someday soon finding more time to practice her own passions–drawing and painting. All in all, Debbie feels fortunate to be surrounded by so many talented people at work who inspire her to knit and bead more! She is proud to be a Colorado native and couldn't imagine living anywhere without mountains.

Denise Peck

Denise Peck

Denise Peck is the editor of Step by Step Wire Jewelry and senior editor of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. A lifelong lover of jewelry, Denise left an 18-year newspaper career in Boston to go to jewelry school in New York City in 1999. She has a bench jeweler’s certificate from Studio Jewelers, Ltd., and combined her editorial background and new skills when she joined Lapidary Journal in 2004. Denise is the author of Wire Style (Interweave 2008) and 101 Wire Earrings (Interweave, 2009), and contributor to Chain Style (Interweave 2009). She’s also the featured artist on two jewelry tutorial DVD’s on Viking knit, and fusing. She’s currently working on Wire Style 2, due out in the fall of 2010. Denise grew up in New Jersey, went to college in Boston, where she remained for 25 years, and now resides in Philadelphia with her husband and their two rescued poodles.

Kristal Wick

Kristal Wick

Residing in breathtaking Colorado, internationally award winning designer and 1 of 33 worldwide official CREATE YOUR STYLE with Swarovski Elements Ambassador.

Kristal's other fashion projects include designing & creating jewelry for the Jimmy Buffet Band backup singers & dancers. Kristal also teaches worldwide and on cruise ships.

Kristal teamed up with JHB to manufacture and distribute her new product line and launched two finished fabric bead lines: Sassy Silkies and Batik Beauties winter 2009.

She has contributed articles and designs to more than 29 beading, jewelry making, sewing, quilting and mixed media magazines. She has worked with Interweave for several years, both as a jewelry designer and contributor to Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, Stringing, and Beadwork magazines, and as the author of Fabulous Fabric Beads: Create Custom Beads and Art Jewelry (Interweave, 2008). In addition, Wick has been a frequent guest on public television’s Beads, Baubles and Jewels and Quilting Arts, which are sponsored in part by Interweave, and her work has been featured on HGTV’s Crafters Coast to Coast.