Saturday, January 29, 2011

Week One: Suzanne Cooper

With the snow storms on the East Coast, it is probably best that our box is on its way from Anthony in southern New Mexico to Santa Fe, only a few hours' drive north. Our first beader for Round Two is
Suzanne Cooper!  
 (Beginning with Round Two, we have decided to share each beader's application for 
The Best Little Bead Box as her introduction to you.)

Occupation (either bead-related or non-bead related)
Bead books/e-books designer, publisher



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How long have you been a beader/jewelry maker?
30 years

Why do you want to participate in the Best Little Bead Box project?
It's nice to have beads chosen by other people. I often get in a rut buying the same colors etc.

Have beads changed your life? How?

I was a happy stained glass artist/designer/publisher until I met beads. I quit doing glass work, jewelry fabrication, painting and other types of art. I've met a whole world of new cyber friends some of whom have become best friends in the real world.

Do you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate or advanced beader/jewelry maker?

Advanced in some areas, intermediate in others and a total failure in bead crochet!

How did you get started working with beads?
I wanted to make an amulet purse using the cover of one of my stained glass books. I just wanted to make one.... just one.... I was hooked and the rest is history!

If you were a bead, what kind would you be? Why?
A Swarovski crystal bi-cone. I'm a glitter queen so this fits me.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could have only one kind of bead with you, what would it be and why?

Delicas. I can make jewelry with them as well as 3-D objects.

What is the best advice you've ever received from a bead artist, teacher or beading friend?
Sandi Graves introducted me to Silimide. I couldn't deal with the way Nymo stretches. That advice changed my beading life!

What was the best beady gift that you have ever received?
Years ago a beader sent me a pair of earrings made with tiny, tiny beads. The pattern was intriquite and the earrings are beautiful.

What was the best beady gift that you ever gave to someone else?
Another beader kept admiting a necklace I was wearing so I removed it and gave it to her. I made her cry. Is there any better thanks?

Aside from beading, do you do any other crafts? What are they?

What three words would best describe your current bead stash?
Large and loved!

Please include a photograph of your very best piece of beadwork, if you have one available.
Jake the Snake is my very favorite for many reasons. Jake forced me to think outside the box. I never wear the necklace without people stopping me to admire it.

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