Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bead Trends February magazine feature

I have the privilege of starting 2012 with two features in Bead Trends magazine!  I am especially honored because Bead Trends is featuring a lot beadweaving in 2012.  Some of you may remember that I had my first feature with the magazine this time last year.  They were apparently impressed enough that they remembered my work and contacted me to see if I had any new designs to submit.  I sent about eight ideas to them, two of which they picked for early 2012 issues.  Talk about an ego boost!

Bead Trends featured artists always receive two free copies of the magazine.

I'll be honest: I don't love their featured photos.  The lighting and props are good, but the photos are very artsy.  That's fine for a feature that doesn't include a tutorial.  However, theoretically people should be able to make their own versions of these pieces based on the photos and written directions.  The photos make this process tough because they don't do a great job showing the pieces in their entirety.  However, the photos are still high quality, and it's always interesting to see how other people will photograph your work.  Hopefully my written directions are enough to get people there.

You don't receive any money for being featured, but you do get a $20 gift certificate to Fire Mountain Gems.  That's even better, right?  They definitely know what will appeal to their artists.

This piece is now available right here in my Etsy shop.
I really love this color combination.  It's a very unique neutral.  I used a similar palette for these earrings.  I also used a similar palette for my piece that will be featured in the March 2012 issue.  It includes one of Kristie's ceramic donuts.  I'll have more information about that when it's released.

For those of you who have also had magazine or similar features, do you have any advice for those who are interested in getting started with this pursuit?

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  1. Congratulations! That is great to have your work featured in the magazine. I agree about the photos not always making it easy to follow the directions but it does encourage doing something unique with the design.

    Artful Rising

  2. gosh rose! I'm VERY impressed! Congrats. and enjoy your gift certificate! {:-D

  3. This is so awesome...CONGRATS!!! What's even better than being featured...having them request your items to be featured! AND...being featured twice! This is so exciting!

    I had one of my scrapbook layouts featured a few years ago and it was such a highlight in my scrapbook career :) My only bit of advice is to keep trying and keep submitting. And stay ahead of the trends and seasons. Magazines are genearlly 3-6 months ahead of the current season/trend.

    Congrats again :)

  4. Congrats - making quite a name for yourself!

  5. That's awesome! Congratulations! You're work is so lovely, it deserves to be featured.

  6. Very impressive indeed. Congratulations.

    Have a terrific day. :)

  7. How very exciting, Rose! Congratulations!
    lovely piece and colors!

  8. Congratulations! Beautiful bracelet/necklace! I really like the color combination, too.

  9. Congrats on being featured a SECOND time! How exciting!

  10. Congratulations!!!! That's awesome. I know how exciting that can be and how to put yourself out there can be scary. Great work and love the colors in that bracelet!

  11. Congrats on being included in this magazine, Rose! I think you need to have a little box in your side bar that says: Featured in Bead Trends magazine. And make sure you have that as one of your photos for the bracelet in your Etsy shop, too.

  12. Congratulations. What an honor, and well deserved.


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