Member Profile profile for Glenda McNaughton
Glenda Mac Naughton
Like us, glass beads come in all colours shapes and sizes. When beads are combined with traditional and contemporary beading stitches from diverse cultures the infinite diversity of possibilities they offer for creating beautiful and unique handcrafted, one-of-a-kind objects in our world has captivated me. I am captivated by creating beadwork that wows with difference, plays with pattern, calls with colour, sings a story or sparkles with bling. I am captivated by the lines of flight that playing with beads allows me and by the deep connections to beaders past and present, near and far that it offers. My patterns and tutorials are my way of keeping those connections alive and growing new ones. Women in diverse cultures have long used shape, pattern and colour in beadwork as a language to talk about things of significance to them and to their culture. Like them I design and make wearable and non-wearable glass art that can talk about things of significance to me - social justice, respect for diversity and creating a more eco-friendly world.
I am a self-taught glass artist who is striving to work with social responsibility in mind. In that spirit I use shape, pattern and colour to create glass art designs that delight in difference and keep diversity alive in what we look at, what we wear, what we know and who we can be using glass beadweaving and hot glass work. In my beadweaving I use traditional and contemporary needle and thread techniques to weave tiny glass beads (seed beads) into beaded 'fabric' and shapes that I then make into jewelry and other non-wearable items. I have a growing list of awards for my beadweaving. I also create glass beads and cabochons by using a gas fueled torch to melt glass rods and wind the molten glass onto steel rods to form beads and cabochons that are shaped with simple tools and hand movements. They are then kiln annealed (cooled) for durability. I also design beadart patterns and offer classes for beginning to advanced beaders who want to create their own beadart and publish about beadwork and beyond in beading magazines and on my blog. I sell my bead art online, at my studio and at selected outlets. My home on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria (Australia) is on the traditional lands of the Wathaurong peoples. I respectfully acknowledge that the Aboriginal people of Australia are our first nation peoples and the traditional owners and custodians that watch over the lands and waters in which I create and play.
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