Gill Scott is a polymer clay artist specialising in beads, jewellery and pens. Gill has always been involved in creativity all her life from painting, sewing, cake decorating, beading, silver smithing, macrame etc. Since discovering polymer clay she has found a medium that she is passionate about because of its endless possibilities.
Gill has been a teacher for most of her life, and during more recent years teachers polymer clay across Australia.
Coral Johnson is an incredibly logical person (a computer programmer for over 30 years) for whom beading gave the creative outlet that was missing in her work. Coral loves intense colours and finishes and loves fine bead weaving with Miyuki delicas and Swarovski crystals. More recently she has started designing and making tutorials. She sells tutorials and kits online on her Etsy shop.
Andy Treloar – Loves to be outdoors, passionate Gardener and avid Bird lover & Jill of all trades!
Asked to teach locally and frustrated with the lack of supplies the Beads 4 Broads Studio was born to offer a unique place to create and share Beading knowledge. Four years on and wouldn’t look back now, so many wonderful friendships are created here too. More than I ever expected and much more to come. Currently were crazy about Kumihimo but we all cover many styles. Always been drawn to glass, so naturally Silly with seed beads! My real passion is Bead Embroidery, love to just follow wherever it takes me.
Anna-Margot was born in New Zealand into an artistic household, with her mother an artist and her father a lapidarist. So, creating was encouraged from a young age! As the family also travelled considerably and lived in New Zealand, Australia and California, Anna-Margot was able to absorb different influences and learn a wide variety of jewellery making and enamelling techniques, with some of the world’s leading enamellists and silversmiths.
As well as running her own business, creating jewellery and exhibiting, Anna-Margot has been teaching weekly classes and workshops in jewellery making, enamelling and wire working both privately and through TAFE adult classes, MacGregor Summer School and BVAC.
Currently, Anna-Margot is president of the Queensland Enamellers Guild, Editor in Chief of Metal, Stone & Glass magazine and exhibits in group exhibitions with the Enamellers Guild and others. Anna-Margot has been running Anna-Margot Originals since 1985 making and repairing jewellery, teaching and supplying jewellery tools and supplies.
Pauline Stevens has been interested in craft since early childhood. Starting with sewing, knitting and crocheting, she then progressed to paper tole, stamping, beading and bead making.
In the early 1990s, a TAFE course in Brisbane started her on the path of beading. She shared the knowledge of her newfound passion with a group of friends, teaching many classes on her back deck in Brisbane.
Pauline’s lampworking journey started when she wondered, “How do they get those flowers inside a glass bead?” Now she knows. After many hours of practice, Pauline has left the flowers behind and enjoys making, turtles, foxes, birds, owls and octopi.
Having recently retired, Pauline is now spending her extra time sharing both her lamp work beads and beading skills with Sunshine Beaders.
Paula is the owner of On A String, an Australian beaded jewellery online store. Paula has been teaching beading across Australia for several years and is a committee member of the Bead Society of Victoria. She has travelled extensively to learn more about beading, including regular trips to Bead & Button in Milwaukee and the Czech Republic.
Paula’s favourite technique is bead embroidery, and she has developed her skills from taking classes with teachers such as Sherry Serafini and Linda Landy.
I’ve been artsy all my life, dabbling in everything from knitting to embroidery, from beading to painting and just about everywhere in between. I started playing with polymer clay a few years ago, and I have never looked back. I love everything about it, but some of my favorite things to make with this clay is picture canes. I love the versatility of this type of clay and especially canes. They can be used on and in just about any beading, jewelry or decorating project, and, as cliché as it may sound, in my opinion, the sky isn’t even the limit.
I have a passion for polymer clay and want to share that and inspire others to fall in love with polymer clay as deeply as I have.
Angie has owned Chicky Babe’s Jewellery and Beads in Shepparton, Victoria, since 2004. She enjoys running her ‘bricks n’ mortar’ bead and jewellery shop full-time.
Angie loves jewellery and wears it every day, so when the opportunity came to open her own bead shop, she jumped at the chance. Angie has dabbled in a few different genres of beading: Stringing, Bead Weaving, Polymer Clay, Kumihimo, Lampworking and Dichroic Glass. She loves to create and use a lot of colour. As a tactile person, Angie uses all types of beads and fittings when designing a range of jewellery styles and she aims for it to be wearable for everyone. Another specialty of Angie’s is designing Christmas projects and she loves teaching others so they can enjoy the process as well.
Allie was born into a creative household with artistic grandparents and her mother being a jeweller. From a young age, she has been in the workshop making and creating with her mother; often attending workshops with other artists so Allie could learn different techniques. She has also had a lifelong fascination with fabric and bead craft and applies this passion to fashioning historical garments and costumes.
Allie enjoys teaching people how to apply beads to fabric to continue this craft.
Although Margaret now lives in Victoria she has a special connection to Queensland, she was born here. Her beading adventure started some years ago doing beaded Xmas ornaments and animals. She vowed NEVER to make jewellry, that changed as she discovered chain and scale maille were her passion. Her talents are not limited to this, as her prize winning entries into the Whittlesea show confirm.
Now it is time to share that knowledge, by teaching at Sunshine Beaders.
Margaret is a great supporter of bead artists, teachers and beading stores around Australia.
After stringing some beads together in 2006, Alice was hooked on all things beads. Her favourite technique is bead embroidery, with bead weaving coming in a close second. Alice loves sharing her passion for beads with others and it’s this that keeps her motivated to design and bead new ideas.
Liz is a Brisbane-based studio artisan whose creative journey into the visual arts began with a Bachelor in Education. Trained as a clay worker, Liz has industry experience in gallery education, teaching professional development, educator training and facilitating hands-on workshop in the creative industries.
As a practitioner of the creative arts, Liz works with glass, glass enamels and simple wirework to create unique artefacts.
Sandee Harris is a Brisbane-based mixed media artist who specialises in wearable art. Her materials vary from seed beads and crystals, through to polymer clay and found objects. Sandee’s experimental approach, relaxed vintage style and her organic design application leads to intuitively striking pieces of jewellery.
Sandee has studied fashion design, working for several fashion labels over 15 years and winning 4 awards for her designs. She brings this flair and practicality of wear to her designs, no matter how alternative. Sandee loves exploring new techniques in her art and looks forward to sharing this love with you as she knows it’s infectious!
Elissa has been beading since 2005. She is largely self-taught; however, she completed a 6-day workshop in the USA with Sherry Serafini, and the world of bead embroidery opened. 15 years later, Elissa is never without a beading challenge. She has won many regional competitions, conducted workshops from beginners to advanced, been represented in several galleries in NSW and QLD, and in private collections in Germany, Russia and Spain. Elissa’s love affair shows no signs of diminishing!
The creative bug hit Michelle in her high school years with the love of art and design. The demands of life meant that she had to put this on hold to pursue a career path in accounting. These accounting skills were put to good use when Michelle and her husband, Mick, established their Beadworx store at Biggera Waters in 2005. This is where Michelles’ previous hobbies of drawing and paper tole gave way to her new passion of beading, particularly bead and wire weaving.
Being self taught, her original designs are shared via her teaching skills with classes to students both local and interstate.
Michelle has a very successful Etsy store where her tutorials are in high demand with Michelle’s overseas followers.
Linda has been beading for well over 15 years. she has experience in beading weaving, stringing, wire work, and a smattering of other skills. Her main focus has been on designing for the past 5 years. Linda has experience in internation competitions, and enjoys the process and doing her best to impress.
Linda loves to share her experience and skills, and also enjoys taking part in whatever bead related activities she can find.
“I hope you can join me in a workshop or two!”