MEET THE INSTRUCTORS
Erin Simonetti has been weaving beads on a bead loom, for over 40 years. Her methods are unique and create a means of managing warps, effortless. Each design created, is handled so the creativity is forefront.
In my work I always strive to select the highest quality materials. Some of the combinations may seem odd and unexpected, but I take care to merge the shapes, colors, and textures that will best express my ideas. I work with the smallest seed beads, fine semi-precious stones, gorgeous Swarovski crystals, all-natural leather, silks, soutache, gold and silver wires, and so on. I am also always open-minded to using new items and to introducing into beading elements from other crafts.
Amy Katz has been part of the world of seed beads since 1993 as a student, teacher and designer. Her admiration for high-end jewelry pieces is her inspiration. Several years ago when she began designing her own beadwork pieces, Amy made the decision to give them a fine jewelry look using seed beads, crystals, pearls and other fine materials. Using imagination, this vision has come to life as her signature style. Amy teaches classes nationally and is currently the author of two books.