Each of our talented instructors are designers in their own right and have extensive knowledge and experience. All three have taught internationally and we’re proud to present their classes at Bead-Treat!

Marilyn Gardiner

Marilyn’s class: Staggered Byzantine Bracelet

Based in Waterloo, Marilyn teaches classes and sells her chainmaille kits both online and across Canada and in the U.S.

In 2007 Marilyn was selected as the Artist in Residence: Beadwork at the Joseph Schneider Haus in Kitchener, ON and in 2011 she was invited to include pieces in an international beadwork exhibit at the JOGS Gem and Jewelry Show in Tucson AZ. Starting in 2012 she has been invited annually to teach chainmaille classes at the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee WI, the largest consumer bead show in the world. The fall 2012 issue of A Needle Pulling Thread had a four page Artist Profile featuring photos of her beadwork and chainmaille jewellery. While in Toronto, Marilyn shares her skills with students at BeadFX.

In the winter months she teaches in Tucson AZ at two gem and mineral shows and a bead store, and in San Antonio TX at a bead store.

Her first chainmaille book was published by Kalmbach in 2015, and the second one will be available in September, 2018.

You can find out more at www.marilyngardiner.com.

Pamela Kearns

Pam’s class: Swarovski Trillion Component Bracelet

Although having a background in Fine Art, Pam didn’t find her creative medium of choice until she picked-up a needle and thread and her first Delica bead! She had her first project published in the May/June 2013 issue of Beadwork and was accepted to teach the 2014, 2015, 2016 Bead and Button Shows in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. She teaches extensively at BeadFX, located in Toronto.

A problem solver, Pam thoroughly enjoys teaching and inspiring students to think beyond the class, encouraging students to stamp their own vision on projects.

As a new endeavour in her own teaching career (and fellow Lefty), Pam includes Lefty-Alerts within her class instructions ensuring that everyone is able to complete the techniques easily. She is also working on self-publishing general seed beading instructions for lefties.

You can see more of Pam’s work at: www.peyotedreams.ca.

Angela Peace

Angela’s class: Knotted Fiber End-Caps

Angela is a well established fiber arts teacher specializing in traditional Asian fiber arts and Cavandoli knotting. She studied her craft while living in Hong Kong and since then have continued to inspire herself with new knots and knotting techniques, and with how to incorporate them into her work.

Her passion is fiber and her process is about taking a linear piece of material and manipulating it into stable shapes to create pattern, and structure. With this, she enjoys the freedom to combine contemporary and traditional design with new and time-honoured fabrication elements.

Angela is the fiber instructor at BeadFX, a retail/on-line store in Toronto.

You can see more of Angela’s work at: www.peaceandco.com.