New Contributors – Lilian Chen and Marilyn Gardiner

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by Judy Ellis, Wirejewelry.com

WireJewelry Tip for September 28th, 2015

New Contributors – Lilian Chen and Marilyn Gardiner

Last Monday I introduced you to our first two NEW content contributors – Dale “Cougar” Armstrong and Olena Bugrimenko.

Today we follow suit with our next two AMAZING contributors – Lilian Chen and Marilyn Gardiner. Each one unique in their design style and personality – yet they share a love of jewelry and artistry – and we think they are truly AMAZING!

I am pleased to introduce you to our next two contributors; Lilian Chen and Marilyn Gardiner.

Enjoy!

Lilian Chen:

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Lilian Chen is an internationally known Wire artist, extraordinaire designer, and a former ambassador of CREATE YOUR STYLE with Swarovski Elements at USA area.She has competed in several design competitions including CREATE YOUR STYLE’s;”Be Naturally Inspired” Design Contest” 2008, Bead & Button;Bead Dreams Competition 2008, Fire Mountain Gem and Beads’ contest 2011, and Katiedids Design contest 2011.

From early 2011 until today, many of her designs have been featured in several beading and wire magazines, recently her article been featured both on the cover of “Step by step wire jewelry” magazine, and Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine.

Lillian’s teaches workshops both nationally and internationally.Lilian has taught at Bead & Button, CREATE YOUR STYLE with Swarovski Tucson show, J.O.G.S. Tucson show, Pasadena Bead & design show, Bead & Boutique Arts show, ANCHORS AWAY – Creative Cruise with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, Art across the Oceans Cruise, Cleveland Grand river Bead Studio, Chicago Art clay World, USA, Inc., Toronto Beads society, LA CASA DE PALERMO Argentina, Art Across the Oceans Mixed Media Mania Cruise, local San Diego Bead society, San Jose meet up Group, and Bead Jungle Las Vegas.

Most recently Lilian moved to Bellevue, WA, and will be opening her own Studio and design team in Kirkland, WA.

Click to follow Lilian on Pinterest

Lilan’s Gallery of Work:

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Marilyn Gardiner:

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Marilyn Gardiner: Who Am I?

I am a teacher who worked for many years as a teacher librarian and educational computer consultant. As part of my job I taught teachers and principals how to use computers in the classroom and I developed curriculum modules.I love jewelry, color, pattern, and design. It is thrilling to create something new that others love too. And I truly enjoy breaking down something complex into an easy-to-learn sequence that I can share with others, whether in print or in a classroom.
During the past 10 years I have energetically and enthusiastically developed my beading and chain mail skills and used my teaching background with adults to develop bead work and chain mail kits with step-by-step instructions that really work. I know that the kits have good quality instructions because of the positive feedback from students I teach and from customers who buy the kits at shows and from my online store.I regularly teach classes locally in Toronto ON, as well as occasionally in Mississauga, Barrie, Temple TX and San Antonio TX.I have been a vendor at bead shows in Toronto ON, Guelph ON, Montreal QC, Ottawa ON, Calgary AB, Halifax NS, Milwaukee WI, and Tucson AZ – and I teach a full slate of classes at these shows. My website has details.

In 2007 I was “Folk Artist in Residence – Beadwork” at the Joseph Schneider Haus in Kitchener ON.This involved setting up a series of lectures, seminars, and demonstrations throughout the year. There was also a good-sized gallery exhibit of bead work that featured my work and included the contemporary and historical work of many others. The residency resulted in several articles in the local media.

I later completed a bead work commission for the museum, and some of my work is sold in the museum gift shop.I have published projects available online at Beading Times, Bead Bugle, All Free Jewelry, and The Beading Gem’s Journal. Some of my kits are sold online through Beadfx.  Kalmbach Publishing published my first book, Modern Chain Mail Jewelry, in 2015.Most of my time at present is directed to creating new chain mail projects.

I am currently working on several new designs that will be ready as kits and for teaching this fall. Each of these will have an Argentium sterling and a copper or Jeweler’s Bronze version, and a couple will be silver filled 925/10. This will bring my chain mail kit total to more than 150. (My husband makes all our jump rings and packages the kits. Good man!)

Website: www.marilyngardiner.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/GardinerDesign

Marilyn’s Gallery of Work:

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We are so thrilled to have these two fine jewelry artists and instructors as part of our new contributing staff. Stay tuned this week to see some of their latest tips and techniques and don’t miss next week’s announcement of our next two instructors!

Happy Wrapping!

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5 Comments

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    Jeanne

    October 6, 2015 at 9:25 am

    I love Lillian Chen’s style and wait to see what she brings here. Will you be carrying flat wire to accommodate some of her designs?

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      Lilian Chen

      August 1, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      Hi! Jeanne, Thank you very much for the interesting!!! Welcome to visit more here! will have more surprise project, all are about 3D style making method on wire’s creation.

      Welcome to visit Seattle,WA.! I teach class at Fusion Bead store, Seattle, WA.

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    Barbara Hiffman

    October 28, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Lillian Chen’s work is fabulous…

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    Lilian Chen

    August 1, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Hi! Jeanne, Thank you very much for the interesting!!! Welcome to visit more here! will have more surprise project, all are about 3D style making method on wire’s creation.

    Welcome to visit Seattle,WA.! I teach class at Fusion Bead store, Seattle, WA.

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    Lilian Chen

    August 1, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Hi! Barbara, Thank you very much for the interesting!!! Welcome to visit more here! will have more surprise project, all are about 3D style making method on wire’s creation.

    Welcome to visit Seattle,WA.! I teach class at Fusion Bead store, Seattle, WA.

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