TERESA SULLIVAN: All I Really Need To Know I Learned in (Kindergarten)… My First Beadweaving Workshop

Our May speaker, Teresa Sullivan, will present a humorous take on her dive into the world of seed beading. Jumping into the medium from the irreverent perspective of an artist and musician, she learned a lot about people and was delighted to have several of her assumptions shattered. Teresa is an award-winning artist who has exhibited and taught internationally. In 2014 she assisted Joyce J. Scott in teaching beadweaving artists in South Africa. Her work can be viewed at


MAGGIE MAGGIO: The Magic of Color: Tips and Tricks for Creating Enchanting Color Combinations

Why are some color combinations dazzling and others dull?  Using polymer clay millefiori as examples, Maggie Maggio will uncover the secrets behind color mysteries and illusions and share her experience of years spent exploring what works and doesn't work when putting colors together. 

Maggie Maggio is a designer, artist and art educator who has studied and worked with color for over forty years. Her contemporary art jewelry takes advantage of the sculptural qualities of polymer clay to produce organic pieces inspired by snakes and vines. Her personal explorations into the science of light and pigments led to the creation of workshops for artists and designers who want to incorporate the latest research in color science into their creative practice.

Maggie retired from architecture in 2015 and now spends her time guiding artists and designers in hands-on explorations of the mysterious world of color and advocating for the integration of art and science in color education programs world-wide. 

As a member of the Board of Directors of the US Inter-Society Color Council and co-chair of the International Color Association Study Group on Color Education, Maggie focuses on bridging between the art, science and industry of color and promoting color literacy for the 21st century.


Flora Felts - Flóra Carlile-Kovács will be our speaker for the March 2019 General Meeting.

Here’s a little about her:

She was born and raised in Hungary. Her interest in textiles drew her to graduate studies in ethnography and museology, but she had always felt a deeper passion for creating with fiber than analyzing it. She has experienced creating many types of fiber arts, including embroidery, knitting, weaving, sewing, lace making, and basket weaving. One day she discovered a felting class by accident, and was immediately drawn in. She was soon experimenting with the vast possibilities of making art with raw wool fiber, not returning to the other fiber arts but transforming all her previous fiber experiences into felt making. 

Over the past 13 years, she has improved her traditional techniques and invented new ones of her own. Until now, she has mainly focused on wearable art as well as teaching her craft on all levels as well as fulfilling her roles as a wife and mother of two children.

Flora will mostly talk about felting but also how to incorporate beads with it.

Exciting Tuesday September 25, 2018 Portland Bead Society Meeting Coming Up, in the MAC Dance Studio!

Beading folks, come prepared for a NIGHT OF BEADING, A RAFFLE AND A BEAD BINGO EXTRAVAGANZA!   And of course the brief business meeting with your new President, Mary Gobet.

We will meet in the Dance Studio at the Multnomah Arts Center.

Bring your beading project(s), and a bit of money for the raffle and the bead bingo.  


We will have our annual potluck and chair sale. Please bring a dish or platter of yummy food and a serving
utensil. PBS will provide drinks.

For our annual “chair” sale, vendors are asked to sell their wares on a chair or TV tray or card table no larger than
3’ X 3”. Vendors must provide their own table, but may use MAC chairs. Space is limited to 1 chair OR table per
member. The round tables provided by MAC are reserved for potluck-ing.

Bring your current beading project along and sit and bead and eat and chat and purchase great deals from our
“chair sale”.



Mixed Media Sculpture by Kathy Ross

Quite a bit of leeway in that Mixed Media Sculpture category. The chaos and magic of the Mix. Like tossing and dressing a salad of found objects…Since first attacking a bar of soap with a nail file at age 18, I’ve been fascinated by sculptural processes and materials. Cloth. Paper. Bronze. Wax. Ceramic. Installations. Large and small. All through it, an over-the-top relentless energy and detail. But also— attention to secret places, inside places.

Ive been a self-employed artist full time since 1978. Continually and purposely dissecting out income needs from heart/art explorations. Now after all these years, I find that my email newsletters and a couple of good art festivals (like Art in the Pearl)  give me a yearly income and a lot of freedom. So my resume has gotten pretty simple. My whole lifestyle is pretty simple, if eccentric. The day by day meanderings through my own art maze, however, grow ever more obsessive and complex. And somehow more peaceful too.

Presentation info May 22

What do these things have in common? Micro-beads. Coasters. Hummingbird feeders. Ten kinds of glue. Spray-foam insulation. Conversations with trees. Sheet aluminum. Six kinds of wire. A hundred broken brooches. A bar of soap. Plastic dogs and cats. Four kinds of tape. Ultrasuede. Doll eyes. Cooky tins.

What kind of animal feeds on these things?**

And how can these things be used to beat back commercial pressures, self-doubts, and the judgements and rigidity of the mainstream art world.

**( Hint: It’s a reclusive feral eccentric forest dwelling art-obsessed female mammal).


We welcomed Sarah Thompson, a wire artist known for her wire weaving designs.  Being self-taught she is always exploring and finding new ways to work and layer the wire to create complicated designs that are reminiscent of the look of metalsmithing without the solder.  Everything is sewn together using fine-gauged wire.  This process creates a beautiful, sculptural, flowing style.  She has been working with wire exclusively since 2009, started teaching in 2010, and began her journey as a national instructor in 2015.  Her Thistle design won the Best in Show in the 2014 Bead Dreams contest.  The following year, her first book came out “Fine Art Wire Weaving”.  She has a Craftsy video “Wire Woven Bracelets: Basics and Beyond”, has written several articles for Step by Step Wire magazine, and is currently working on a second book.  She lives in Spokane, Washington with her 5 kids and a wonderful, supportive husband.


Changing things around!

Join us in the Dance Studio of Multnomah Arts Center on March 27th for our General meeting.

This time bring your UFO’s (Unfinished objects) or your PC’s (Problem Child). Our members are teeming with expertise, they are ready to help all. Here is the time and the resources to solve problems, find inspiration and ask questions.


Remember to bring your finished piece to the March 27th General Meeting. Voting on all entries will happen that night. You will need to include a written/typed artist statement. All criteria is in the Feb. Newsletter and on the website.


Last year’s panel was such a success that I was encouraged to organize another panel discussion for our General meeting. Come prepared to chat up an expert on
February 27. Our discussion topic is Marketing Your Art.

Have you wondered how to even start selling your wonderful pieces of art? Now you can learn the different venues and channels that are available to you. It really doesn’t matter if you have finished pieces or want to sell components or something totally different. Learning what avenues are available to you might help you take that first step. Or it might help you strength your current process.

We will show the ins and outs of doing a Member Co-Op table at the Gathering of the Guilds and Bead Bazaar this year. Plus a few other events we are developing for Co-op opportunities.

Don’t want to go to a show? Need to stay close to home? How about learning to run a successful online business? Tips and tricks to rise above the average online shop. Using many platforms like Facebook, Etsy, or Ebay, Big Cartel, Deviant Art, just to name a few.

Ready to take the next step to being a vendor at a large Art Show or Exhibit your pieces in a Gallery? We will open the door to that world as well.

Our panel speakers are still being scheduled but we do know Nancy Gant of Simply Beadwork will share her expertise and experience with Online Auction sites as well as Vendor Show tips.

Toni McCarthy will share with us her published article “So You Want To Sell Your Jewelry”

Elise Strauss is ready to chat about her online business and how to improve on what you’ve got.

Bring our questions and ideas. Be ready for some inspiration and energy.


It’s Birthday Time

Come to the February General Meeting and get yourself a piece of the cake and you might even get the Present!

PBS turns 30 years old this month and we are celebrating in a fun fashion.  We have a fun Raffle game with a very nice prize.    Mary will refrain from pulling out the Musical Chairs & Pin the Tail on the Donkey games.


Judy Walker will describe how she became a bead artist, won major contests, wrote and self-published a book.

Her book, “The Beaded Sphere and Variations” offers outstanding inspiration. She has also designeda great loom that eliminates the need to weave in warp threads.

She has taught at Bead Expo in Santa Fe and the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee. Her work has appeared in numerous competitions and magazines. Judy lives in Aumsville, Oregon, where her husband Richard provides encouragement and support, and her many cats create havoc and chaos as she beads.

In this presentation, Judy promises some bad jokes and pictures of many fine cats as along with many pictures of beadwork. Judy especially looks forward to seeing what beads you will be wearing!


The OCTOBER meeting wAS held at the Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219)

We will be welcoming Judie Mountain and Wayne Robbins.

Presented by Wayne Robbins and Judie Mountain

On October 24th, jewelry designer and metal Clay artist Judie Mountain and glass artist, Wayne Robbins will be sharing their journey in the art jewelry world. The subject of this presentation will be on the Collaborative Dance which occurs when two or more artist combine their talent and skill to create spectacular collaborative works of art. There will be a slideshow and talk as well as a handout listing the artists shown in the presentation. Some of the collaborative pieces will be on exhibit as well as some of Judie and Wayne's components and finished jewelry. This will be a fun evening with great stories and wonderful eye candy. 

Judie Mountain has been a working artist for over 40 years and has been a leatherworker, stained glass artist, clothing designer, and for the past 25 years, a jewelry designer-artist. Judie is currently adding bronze metal clay to her every expanding artist repertoire. It's a wonderful material that allows you to sculpt, carve, and texture pieces that are then dried, fired in a kiln and after firing becomes pure solid bronze. 

Wayne Robbins is an amazing glass artist specializing in fine detail lampwork pieces. He creates beads, sculptures, and wonderful objects of art. His style varies between whimsical and realistic and is always awesome to behold! 

Together they design and create one of a kind jewelry, sculpture, and decorative. They work in glass, metal, semi-precious stones and associated other materials.


The SEPTEMBER meeting wAS held at the Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219)

Fantastic Beads & Where To Find Them

A Celebration of Alaskan Bead Artists with Elise Strauss

 Alaska is a place of vibrant extremes; from 24-hour daylight to 24-hour darkness.   Such a land requires tales to be told, with dark nights spent in design of dreams and long summer days chasing desires.  From this land of wilderness comes breathtaking handmade beads and indescribable beadwork . 

 Please come to the September meeting as Elise Strauss introduces you to some of Alaska’s finest seed bead and lampwork artists.   Whether it’s a necklace made of razor blades and bullets, to a baby belt by a traditional Alaska Native Artist , to lampwork designs inspired by the rhythms of Alaska, Elise’s presentation will have you smiling with delight and mooning in awe. 

Elise lived in Anchorage, Alaska, for 45 years before moving to Salem, Oregon, in the Fall of 2015.  She has been a lampworker for almost 20 years, and is one of the founding members of the Alaska Bead Society, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.  She was the Program Developer for the Bead Arts Gala, the Alaska Bead Society’s annual art show.    Elise has taken lampwork classes and taught in Alaska and the Lower 48.  She traveled to Italy in 2012 to take a class from Lucio Bubacco.   She is delighted to be living in Oregon, where the new flora and fauna is inspiring many new creations in her studio. 


The JUNE meeting wAS held at the Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219)

We had our annual potluck and chair sale.

Please bring a dish or platter of yummy food and a serving utensil. PBS will provide drinks.

For our annual “chair” sale, vendors are asked to sell their wares on a chair or TV tray or card table no larger than 3 ft X 3 ft. Vendors must provide their own table, but may use MAC chairs. Space is limited to 1 chair OR table per member. The round tables provided by MAC are reserved for potluck-ing.

Bring your current beading project along and sit and bead and eat and chat and purchase great deals from our “chair sale”.