Classes I offer for 2018




Dark Side of the Moon Bracelet
It's elegant, it's modern and it's simple. because sometimes simplicity is perfection. The repetition of elements creates pleasing harmony. The subtle layers of color and texture make is just right.
Full day class, available from January of 2017.








Cathedral Windows, Broken
A beautiful bracelet project inspired by the beauty of cathedral windows... Since the kaleidoscope glass I used for this is very angular looking, I wanted to reflect the shape in the overall design of the bracelet. It's a much lighter, sort of breezier composition than most bead embroidered bracelets. The negative space really adds to the feel of fragmentation.This class is a full day class, available from April, 2017.to August of 2018.



Pristigenys Alta or Short Bigeye bracelet
Full day class featuring a cute, big eyed fish who lives in the Western Atlantic. The bracelet is wrap style, on an Italian lambskin cord in gorgeous turquoise with a magnetic clasp. Wonderful textures and really intense color in a cute package, but the best part is the glow in the dark skeleton. The alternate colorway for this project is green/blue.This project will be available all the way throughout 2018.










Japonica
This is a full day class. The design was inspired by Japanese watercolor paintings featuring foggy mountainsides and conifers and beautiful pagodas. Jo Anne St James made the cabochons specifically for this project. I incorporated multi layered pagoda roof shapes into the design. The design elements are simple, stylized, and hopefully every bit in line with the vision that inspired them.
This class is available starting January of 2017 and will retire at the end of 2018.
Additional colorway for Japoinca:








It's a Hippie Thing
This is one of the happiest pieces I ever made. You simply can't look at this bracelet and mope. These colors will surely cheer you up even on the gloomiest day. The focal component is made my Stuart Abelman, glass artist extraordinaire. I designed the piece to best showcase his gorgeous cabochons without taking away from them. There are fun textures achieved by the use of shaped beads and dupioni silk. This class is a full day class (6-7 hours) and it will be available starting October, 2017.
AVAILABLE ONLY STARTING OCTOBER, 2017










Sunrise and Sunset Shores Bracelets
An all day long (6 hour) class, suitable for intermediate and motivated beginners of bead embroidery. The design is built around the focal that features a landscape . The pink version is sunrise, and the orange is sunset. The colors of both versions compliment the polymer clay landscape beautifully. To enhance the seashore- like feel of the piece, we will be using a lot of shaped beads which add great textures. This is a great class for those who want to figure out how to incorporate some of the new shapes into their bead embroidery, and how to work with daring, yet harmonious colors. Each finished bracelet will have the same colors, but the patters can be customized.
This class project will retire and will be available as a kit in the summer of 2018.



The Bee's Knees Pendant
An all day long class that teaches how to design around unusual shaped stones. The finished piece is angular, modern, highly unusual and really wearable. I have been making these types of pendants for years, and this is a culmination of all the things I learned from the previous versions. Very blingy, very textural and a show stopper for sure. This class will be available all the way through 2018.





A Drop of Dew Earrings
A three hour class, during which we will learn to create this stunning set of earrings featuring various 24 carat gold plated beads, a set of cabochons with butterfly wings ( my own design) and some cool shaped beads. Suitable for all skill levels, as long as you don't mind size 15 beads.



Floating Circles Stackable Bracelet
Yes, we will make the leather base, from hide to bracelet, all in one class, no shortcuts here!
This is a whole day (6 hour class) that will help the students learn traditional leather working techniques, such as using a glover's needle and working with lambskin and incorporating a box clasp with all the leather work. These bracelets are quite different from most bead embroidery projects out there, and allow students to combine bead embroidery with new techniques. It is a class that beginners will get as much out of as advanced beaders. The bracelets  are addictive to make and the color variations are endless!




Zeno, the tiniest Fishie. A small bracelet.
Zeno is a ton of fun in a short time! A half day (3-4 hour class) that is great for beginners and advanced bead embroiderers, as long as they don't mind having some lighthearted and fun.  This class teaches how to incorporate leather cords  into simple bead embroidery designs.




 Random Cocktail Rings project
This 3-4 hour class is all about digging through treasures ( from dichroic glass cabs to precious stones)  and whipping up some easy cocktail rings. There will be a large stash of cabochons, findings and seed beads provided, and students will make gorgeous, one of a kind rings in class. An easy and enjoyable project for beginner bead embroiderers who want to learn the basics, but also fun for advanced beaders who just want to have a good time and make a couple of rings during a fun class.
It's time to plan ahead for next year's classes!
My teaching schedule is full till the second half of 2019, so I figured it is time to post about the new projects that are coming everyone's way from Alaska to Florida and everywhere else inbetween. 
Let's start with this Mandragora:




In the center of this composition we have a delightful precious metal clay hand sculpted medallion by the talented Cynthia Thornton.  The bracelet has the feel of enchantment, playfulness and childlike innocence. Kind of like a magical garden. It's a great project for those who want to experiment using fabrics in bead embroidery, and those who want to play with a more three dimensional approach. Or just those who think the piece is so darn cute, they just need to make one for themselves.
This class will be available all the way through 2018.

Then, we have the Heart of the Ocean:




This piece may seem pretty straightforward, but it took a whole lot of planning. The older I get the more I appreciate how my brain works..
Oftentimes people ask me how do I come up with things I come up with. Is there a long process of trial and error, how many times I need to make things to perfect them, and such.

The truth is by the time I sit down to make something, I have already thought it out. Most of the times I have assembled the potential suspects ( beads that will get used, any other material needed) way ahead of time. I have spent hours constructing the piece in my head. The way things look at this point in my mind's eye, is like a 3D object I can rotate back and forth, observe, but it's still foggy in places.
So then I start sketching. 
This really helps to finalize the little details, add anything that was missing and change things up, if needed. By the time I start beading, the piece already exists. Which is great, because doing things this way allows me to move in a pretty speedy fashion. 

What I wanted to achieve with this  particular project was to create a deep, dark greenish, tealish, glow, something you would see floating in water, looking upward. Also, I always loved malachite combined with amazonite, but let's face it, some things make great one of a kind pieces and impossible class materials.
 Why? 
Because no one is going to pay $350 for a class kit. Understandably so. Also, there are just materials one can not source in quantity. So how to create a feel that I loved about that precious combination of deep greens and blues? This is my answer to my own question. It does glow, and it is aquatic, and after watching the Titanic, it even looks a little bit like the giant blue diamond in the movie.

Now the best part for me is that I successfully created a piece that is entirely usefully multi-functional. It goes from pendant on a rope to slinky wrap bracelet. It was not an easy task to make this happen. The shape had to be just right, the weight and feel had to be just right. But it worked!
This class will be available all the way through 2018.




Now, on to Kiss my Bass.




I think the main selling points for this project as a class are twofold: 
First of all,every time you get a compliment on your new bracelet,you can go like:  "Thank you, it's called Kiss my Bass."
Then of course the obvious: Just look at that sterling silver badass bass among the aqua fuchsia waves! Husbands all across the country will be finally ecstatic about their wives beading workshops. Yes, Honey! Go make that bass bracelet! 
Ok, jokes aside, there isn't anything super fancy technique-wise here. But the piece is super fun, super wearable and it will also come in a more grownup bronzey colorway, in case hot pink is just too sassy for you.




And last, but not least, here we have Dark Celebration.



Thanks to all of You, Lovelies taking my classes and buying my kits, I now get to go to Tucson to find exciting components at the gem show. And that is how I found this lot of vintage purple abalone cabochons, of which I was able to get 80. And the wee ones that are harder to see on the bottom. There are two of those on both sides of the big cab, bezeled.
Tucson happened back in February, and the idea for this has been gestating ever since. 
See, that is what I mean on things existing before existing. By the time I sat down today to crank this piece out in one sitting,I had everything ready to go, ideas in place, sketch, materials.
And bam!

The interesting thing about this piece is that there is very little contrast, but it works. The dark purple, the rich burgundy, the teal, it all is pretty dark. It's not something colorwise that I would normally do. I like a piece with different values. And this is all dark. But I had a feeling that it would do, and I went for it, and the outcome is a sinuous, curvy, elegant, sexy sort of bracelet. 
What do I mean on no variation in value? Well, let's take a look at this piece in greyscale.
See, how the whole thing is all the same shade of grey without much contrast? 
This normally would not do.
But here is why it works: Look at the textures and patterns even in grey. They are so intricate and enthralling, the textures legitimately take the place of what I normally would assign to contrast of value.
Because I only have enough materials for 4 classes, this class will only be available about 4 times next year. That is, in its current form. I could surely make something similar with different materials, but that is for another day.


Finally, before I finish up this post, I would like to point out something,that has been on my mind for a while. Every time I travel for workshops I have a bunch of eye candy to look at. Stuff that's one of a kind, and inevitably there are the questions of when and where is it a class?  The answer is just no. It isn't, it won't be, it never meant to be, and just no.
Some things are one of a kind, and they can not be classes. I just lug them around to share them with You All, for fun. For inspiration. For the sake of sharing.

And sometimes I even feel like I should not, I should just hide them, give them away, hoard them, whatever, because it does get frustrating to become a source of infinite disappointment when my inevitable NO surfaces.It is not because I am such a tease that I make those things, or that I show them at the places I teach at.

It is because by making one of a kind pieces- just for shits and giggles- that I learn, that I grow and that I am able to come up with ideas I can successfully implement in stuff that I can reproduce to make up class materials and kits.  It is my playtime.

I am ever so grateful for being able to make a living now on what I love doing. But without the playful experimentation things would get boring. Not just for you guys, for me too.
Even my most awesome job would become tedious, repetitive and un-enjoyable.Consider this:
 It is so much, much, much easier to come up with opulent, over the top, crazy expensive or simply too impossible one of a kind designs, than to be able to come up with something I can teach over and over with materials I can buy enough of, and with techniques that I can explain. Does this mean that class projects are inferior to one of a kind pieces?

Nope. It does not have to mean that. It just means that my own experimentation paves the road for more clever class projects, and that rightfully so not everything I have ever made or will ever make will become a class. And that I really should not be made felt guilty for "keeping things" to myself. 
And sometimes I feel like I don't even want to show new pieces I made for the sheer joy of creating because it gets so tiring to have to repeat, that no, not everything can become a class. 
I have made some pretty awesome new pieces inbetween the last blog post a year ago, and now, and they are nowhere to be found online, because I don't want to disappoint people by telling them no, you can't have this. Even though I got super good at saying no, I don't do it with a light heart. I am after all a pretty agreeable creature, aiming to please. 
But I am considering posting them all sometime in the next month or two. Take nice pictures of them and just put them up here... Just for the sake of sharing, like I said. Maybe they can serve as inspiration... Maybe there will be just never ending questions. And may this be my toughest dilamma this year. I am off to count my blessings.
Peace, Peeps!
 




































Please contact me for further info at kinganichols@yahoo.com

13 comments:

  1. FABULOUS! Your work is exquisitely distinctive and beautiful.

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  2. Wonderful. I look forward to seeing where all the classes are being taught. I may need a trip!

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  3. You have developed such a fantastic array of opportunities here! For
    elegance and sophistication to silly fun, and a wide range of skill levels
    to boot. You are simply extraordinary!!!

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  4. So happy to see all this happening for you :)

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  5. I have attended 2 of Kinga's classes and had the best experience! I learned new techniques, had lots of fun doing it, and made a great new friend and mentor, in Kinga! I am very fortunate to be located in close proximity to Kinga and Herself, Sammy Regina! If you have the opportunity to attend one of her classes, go for it.
    I also highly recommend her kits. The instruction is complete, and easy to follow. I have completed Come give Grandma a hug, and What Happened to tweety, and they remarkable.

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  6. Congratulations Kinga on your new journey and success!
    Greetings,
    -Eva Maria

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  7. Happy for you Kinga! I love watching your successes grow and thrive. Congratulations. GREAT classes!

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  8. Congratulations! Your students will keep coming back with all the goodies you have to offer! I hope your calendar remains as full as you want it to be. Lovely work you do Kinga.

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  9. Great classes Kinga! Love them All ;) Congratulations xx

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  10. Kinga, Have always been a big fan of yours....I hope all of your classes sell out. Hugs!!!

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  11. Your work and classes are amazing! FUSION BEADS bring Kinga to Seattle please!!!!!

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  12. Wow - given the choice I would take all of your classes. Unfortunately I live in Toronto (Ontario, Canada), so it's kind of unlikely I'll have the chance. Planning any video classes?

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    1. Hi Erin. I have done 2 videos and 5 online courses for Interweave publishing. Thank you for the kind words. Here is the link to the videos:https://www.interweave.com/store/creative-bead-embroidery-1-and-2-with-kinga-nichols-working-with-shaped-beads-fine-fabrics-and-precut-foundations-dvd

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