Monday, January 6, 2014

BSGC dissolves — no meeting Jan 8, 2014

It is with sadness that the Board of the BSGC announces that the group is ceasing operations as of December 31, 2013. We will no longer hold monthly meetings or events. 

After many requests for members to get involved or join the board, we have no volunteers to run for President and Vice President/Program Chair for 2014. Because of this, low attendance at meetings, lack of volunteers and decreasing membership, the Board of Directors has voted to dissolve the Bead Society of Greater Chicago after 26 years. Current members will receive a prorated refund of dues in the New Year. The board will be looking into charitable organizations to which the outstanding assets can be donated. 

We will continue to maintain this website for special announcements until the domain runs out later in 2014. We hope you have found your membership in BSGC to be valuable and that you will continue to enjoy beading. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Members Holiday Party – RSVP by Nov 15


Join us at McCormick and Schmick’s in Rosemont on Wednesday, December 11 from 6–10pm for our annual Holiday Party. The BSGC is treating you to dinner! Cocktail hour with cash bar from 6–7pm; dinner is served at 7pm. The menu includes a choice of beef, chicken, or fish, sides and dessert. 

There will be a limited number of Door Prizes and no Silent Auction. We are selling our library books so be ready to browse and select your choices. There will be a lot of great books at reduced prices. 

RSVP to Marcia Schori in person at any of our meetings or by e-mail to foru2designingwomen@yahoo.com by November 15 at the latest—no exceptions. This special event is for current members only, no guests.

McCormick and Schmick’s is located at 5320 North River Road in Rosemont, IL. This is not far from our regular meeting location so it is quite convenient. Hope to see all members there!

Nov 13 – Mary Laskey Enamelware Jewelry


Mary was a self-taught jewelry artist until 1997 when she enrolled in metalsmithing classes and discovered her true love: the glass enameling process. In 1998, she launched her career as a full-time enamelist, jewelry designer and metalsmith. In recent years she has expanded her repetoire to include larger scale vessels and holloware. 

Mary’s enamel designs are best described as ‘retro spectral’. Her pieces are simple geometric forms and patterns, often influenced by elements and motifs of mid-century atomic design: teardrops, amoebas, pinwheels and boomerangs. She takes full advantage of the brilliant colors that enamels produce to bring her designs to life. 

We will be selling some of our BSGC library books to members at upcoming meetings. Come and see what's available at a discount price. 

Since we lack a volunteer for Hospitality, the BSGC will no longer provide coffee and tea at the meetings. We are asking members, who’s last name begin with T–Z, to bring a treat to this meeting. We ask everyone’s assistance in setting up and cleaning up after the meeting. If you are interested in being our Hospitality volunteer, please contact president, Nancy Dolan.

Meetings 2nd Wednesdays 7–9pm
VFW Park Post 3579
10 West Higgins Road
Park Ridge, IL   60068

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Bead Challenge Due at the October 9 meeting


Just a last minute reminder, bead challenge entries are due Oct 9. 

The bead challenge theme is the Arts and Crafts Movement in America — 1890–1920.

The movement was linked to the British Movement and to the work of William Morris and architect-designers of the time. William Morris never designed jewelry, but was a designer and a socialist. Mass marketing had begun and factories started to produce goods. Morris hated everything that came out because it was stamped and looked the same. He wanted people to go back to creating handmade goods. Due to the terrible conditions of the factories, he wanted to go back to the guild system.

Chicago’s Arts and Crafts Society began at Hull House, one of the first American settlement houses for social reform, in October 1891. Craftspeople worked in various media such as woodwork, pottery, textiles and metalwork reflecting the harmony of simply treated material and minimal decoration. The first American Arts and Crafts Exhibition began on April 5, 1897 in Boston. It featured more than 1000 objects made by 160 craftspeople, half of whom were women.


Women fashioned jewelry in the Arts and Crafts mode. Stones were chosen for their artistic qualities. Silver, copper and brass were favored over gold. Alternative materials were used. Baroque pearls and misshapen pearls were used over the round pearls commonly used in mainstream jewelry. Abalone, coral, glass and enamel pieces were also used.


Google for more details.
Furniture — Frank Lloyd Wright; Charles Rohifs; Gustav Stickley
Pottery — Moravian; Grieby Faience Co.; Newcomb; Marblehead; Teco; Rockwood; Pewabic
Art Tiles — Ernest Batchelder
Lamp Shades and Stained Glass — Frank Lloyd Wright; Louis Comfort Tiffany
Jewelry — Florence Koehler; Marie Zimmerman; Grace Hazen; Madeline Yale Wynne; Florence K. Koehler; Josephine Hartwell Shaw; Margaret Rogers; Elizabeth Ethel Copeland; Janet Payne Bowles
  

Meetings 2nd Wednesdays 7–9pm
VFW Park Post 3579
10 West Higgins Road
Park Ridge, IL   60068

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Oct 9 — Weener Ware resin jewelry


Being junk collectors at heart, Chicago artists Jeanmarie Petro and Barbara Tinger have transformed landfill into tiny treasures. Making jewelry from recycled bottle caps has been their mission for the past eleven years.  

The inside of a bottle cap just seemed the perfect canvas for drawings, small charms, vintage papers and foils. Resin is then used to seal and magnify these small works. Having backgrounds in collage and painting, combined with a love of vintage, retro, food, animals and nature, creates their unique and fun vision.

Bead challenge entries are due at this meeting. The theme is Arts and Crafts Movement in America 1890-1920. See the post below for more details.  

We will be selling some of our BSGC library books to members at upcoming meetings. Come and see what's available at a discount price. 

Remember to sign up by November 15 for the Holiday Dinner at McCormick and Schmick's in Rosemont Dec 11. Email Marcia at foru2designingwomen@yahoo.com. It's our treat this year for members. 

Since we lack a volunteer for Hospitality, the BSGC will no longer provide coffee and tea at the meetings. We are asking members, who’s last name begin with G–M, to bring a treat to this meeting. We ask everyone’s assistance in setting up and cleaning up after the meeting. If you are interested in being our Hospitality volunteer, please contact president, Nancy Dolan.

Meeting 7–9pm
VFW Park Post 3579
10 West Higgins Road
Park Ridge, IL   60068

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sept 11 – Keith Bringe, Chicago Art Deco Society


Keith Bringe, Survey Director and Editor of the Chicago Art Deco Society, will focus on the development of Chicago decorative arts and manufacturing with a bit on architecture – especially Northwestern Terra Cotta Co. – which is allied with the bead maker’s art.

He studied art history and museum administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and is a board member of the Society of Architectural Historians Chicago Chapter. Bringe has consulted on documentary films such as “Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture” and “Robert A. M. Stern: Presence of the Past”. And has lectured for the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Landmarks Illinois and the Society of Architectural Historians Chicago Chapter, among others.

We will be selling some of our BSGC library books to members at upcoming meetings. Come and see what's available at a discount price. 

Since we lack a volunteer for Hospitality, the BSGC will no longer provide coffee and tea at the meetings. We are asking members, who’s last name begin with G–M, to bring a treat to this meeting. We ask everyone’s assistance in setting up and cleaning up after the meeting. If you are interested in being our Hospitality volunteer, please contact president, Nancy Dolan.

Meeting 7–9pm
VFW Park Post 3579
10 West Higgins Road
Park Ridge, IL   60068

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bead Challenge Due at the October 9 meeting

We may be on summer hiatus but you can still be active by working on your bead challenge entry. 


The bead challenge theme is the Arts and Crafts Movement in America — 1890–1920.

The movement was linked to the British Movement and to the work of William Morris and architect-designers of the time. William Morris never designed jewelry, but was a designer and a socialist. Mass marketing had begun and factories started to produce goods. Morris hated everything that came out because it was stamped and looked the same. He wanted people to go back to creating handmade goods. Due to the terrible conditions of the factories, he wanted to go back to the guild system.

Chicago’s Arts and Crafts Society began at Hull House, one of the first American settlement houses for social reform, in October 1891. Craftspeople worked in various media such as woodwork, pottery, textiles and metalwork reflecting the harmony of simply treated material and minimal decoration. The first American Arts and Crafts Exhibition began on April 5, 1897 in Boston. It featured more than 1000 objects made by 160 craftspeople, half of whom were women.


Women fashioned jewelry in the Arts and Crafts mode. Stones were chosen for their artistic qualities. Silver, copper and brass were favored over gold. Alternative materials were used. Baroque pearls and misshapen pearls were used over the round pearls commonly used in mainstream jewelry. Abalone, coral, glass and enamel pieces were also used.


Google for more details.
Furniture — Frank Lloyd Wright; Charles Rohifs; Gustav Stickley
Pottery — Moravian; Grieby Faience Co.; Newcomb; Marblehead; Teco; Rockwood; Pewabic
Art Tiles — Ernest Batchelder
Lamp Shades and Stained Glass — Frank Lloyd Wright; Louis Comfort Tiffany
Jewelry — Florence Koehler; Marie Zimmerman; Grace Hazen; Madeline Yale Wynne; Florence K. Koehler; Josephine Hartwell Shaw; Margaret Rogers; Elizabeth Ethel Copeland; Janet Payne Bowles
  

Meetings 2nd Wednesdays 7–9pm
VFW Park Post 3579
10 West Higgins Road
Park Ridge, IL   60068