I survived the Bead Bazzar

beadsrcoolOn a typical Saturday afternoon, the absolute very last thing I would say is, “Let’s go the bead bazaar!”

See, I’m not a “bead” kind of guy. Saturdays I like concerts, football, mowing the lawn and grilling meat. But yet somehow I found myself at the International Society of Glass Beadmakers Bazaar at the downtown Minneapolis Hyatt — killing nearly three hours wandering booths representing 150 bead artists from all over the world.

Yep, beads. I’m talking tiny little handmade glass beads by themselves and made into bracelets, necklaces, propping up on a stick, threading through a scarf or admiring inside a curio cabinet. And the ballroom was PACKED. Myriad artists criss-crossed the room in small booths as grandmas, bag ladies and earringed dudes wearing tight jeans poured over bulbous, incandescent glass trinkets of all shapes and sizes. The silent bead auction was causing quite a stir, and the free water was flowing like molten glass.

Turns out a total of 450 world reknowned bead makers invaded the Twin Cities over the past 10 days to swap tales, tecniques and international bead trends.

No, I didn’t buy anything. However, I actually found myself staring at the traveling Trajectories: An Exhibition Exploring Contemporary Glass Beadmaking exhibit and pointing out small details, “Look at the tiny butterfly in that one! Look, that dragon is crying blood!!”

It goes for another hour…if you want to get your bead on.

1 Comment so far

  1. Rider32 (unregistered) on July 30th, 2007 @ 4:45 pm

    That sounds cool, I think anything made of glass is cool, there is always very interesting detailing on the pieces! What are you going to do next weekend? There is a cool event in the area where you can test ride the new Spyder. Looks like a cool roadster. I saw the registration and the locations on the site – http://spyder.brp.com/en-US/TrySpyder/Take.The.Tour/Index.htm
    Looks fun!

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