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“Bead art is alive and well, as this new title in the Masters series from Lark Books attests. The best of the best is included in this coffee-table volume of museum and gallery-worthy jewelry, sculpture, wearable art, vessels and containers, and more. The work of Bead & Button award winners, magazine contributors, and international artists of all stripes is showcased in full. This book is bound to be dog-eared, it will be perused so much.” — Bead & Button
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Product Details

  • Series: Masters
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books; 1 edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160059039X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600590399
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #850,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the most beautiful books on beadwork I have ever seen.
Barto
The photos of artists' work are truly amazing & just flipping through the book is a source of inspiration.
FireSpirit Designs
I pick the book up over and over again and each time I find something new.
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92 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Pamela J. Welborn on April 1, 2009
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here is the letter I wrote to Lark Books but was never answered:

I purchased Masters: Beadweaving from Amazon.

Boy was I disappointed in Masters: Beadweaving.

Sadly I already own a book that has many of the projects that you published in this one. Even sadder, it was published by you so you already knew those items were published in a similar collection.

SHAME on the publishers and the artists involved. I feel my money was stolen from me. Some of these pieces are over 10 years old! If they didn't have anything NEW to show, then they didn't deserve to be in this new collection. I didn't buy this book to see things I have already seen. I bought it to see NEW things. In many cases, you didn't even take a new photo of the piece. It must have been less expensive for you to have borrowed images from the previously published "500 Beaded Objects". You didn't have to pay photographers for new photos. One such photo was presented new by flipping the image in photoshop... a very cheap trick. Some of them had different names but the same photo credit and the same photograph. I am a beader and a photographer. This is all so very disappointing.

I might never buy another book by Lark Books or Sterling Publishing, I am so disgusted by this. I work hard for my money and with the economy in the state it is in, I am so disappointed that I paid for pages of items that I have on the shelf already. I simply don't have extra dollars to pay for inspiration that isn't very inspiring because I have much seen it before.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jerrold Mitchell on October 9, 2008
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The beautiful and creative sculpture and jewelry in this book illustrate just how far beadwork has come as a medium and how far its best practitioners have come as artists. Whether figurative or abstract, the selections show the variety in style, content and technique employed by today's top beadweavers. The book itself is handsome, well designed and the reproductions are first rate. A must for any art library.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Karen J. Brand on September 19, 2008
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Just got my copy today and I'm more than thrilled. It's a nice heavy, quality book for the price. The photos are good and the little blurbs about the artists are very nice. Yes, we have seen some of the beadwork by famous artists (Diane Fitzgerald, etc.) before in other books, but a lot of it I haven't seen before.

Can't wait to sit down tonight and pore over every page!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Mcalister on February 5, 2009
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I liked the book. Only, it was a lot of images that I have already seen and comentary that I had already read. I subscribe or buy most all the beading magazines and there were just no suprises. But for someone who is new it will be inspirational.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leanne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 27, 2009
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I first saw this book in May of this year, when I took a class at a bead store in Ventura County with one of the instructors featured in this book. The students in class had brought along their copies of this book for the instructor to sign -- so I had to get my own copy from Amazon so I could do the same for future classes. It's been such a treat to have the instructors featured in this book autograph it for me when I take their classes!

This book is just absolutely lovely eye candy! No, there are not any instructions for the featured projects, but that isn't the point of the book. The point is to showcase wonderful projects by the true masters of modern beadweaving. The photos are gorgeous and incredibly motivational. I'm so happy that I bought this!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Vaughan on May 6, 2009
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Well done from cover to cover. This book has many of the leading artists. The only complaint I have is that there is no "new" work from that "loomatic" Don Pierce. All of his work has already been shown over and over in many publications. Still love Dons work, tho. It is amazing what can be don with seed beads. A feast for the eyes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Miller on January 2, 2009
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I just loved this book, well put together with brilliant pictures and jam packed with inspiration. A must have for any beader aspiring to greatness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barto on April 21, 2009
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This is one of the most beautiful books on beadwork I have ever seen. I love the format which tells a bit about each artist without the cumbersome or often self-indulgent "Mission Statement" to wade through. The photography is excellent and the choice of artists is brilliant. I took it to my Bead Group and the people who didn't already have it, ordered it.
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