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Nancy Cain

hand-craft:

1. Skill and facility with the hands.
2. A craft or occupation requiring skilled use of the hands.
3. An object that is crafted by skilled hands

Beading is my handcraft. It is a way of thinking and living. It is a process that is deeply satisfying.

I have always been fascinated with handcrafts, whether it was clay, paper, buttons, fabric or simply found objects. I studied art in college and worked as a graphic artist for 16 years all the while exploring various handcraft techniques.

I found my artistic niche in beads. I enjoy delving into beads mentally and physically depending on the circumstances. My favorite stitch is peyote and over the years I have only added two other stitches, netting then herringbone. I like to call these three stitches sister-stitches since they transition from one stitch to the other effortlessly.

Teaching is a journey for me as well. Each class is different even with the same project. My focus is heavily about the process a piece takes. In art, the artist explores the process and the product or finished piece is the result of that exploration. For me, the process, whether mentally or physically is thrilling, frustrating, challenging and where the real bead joy is. It is the journey. When I am teaching a class, I get to view the process again through fresh eyes. We can reconstruction it as is or deconstruct it by looking at the process, delving below its surface and learn new lessons from it. The direction and depth of a class can be varied: the more inquisitive the class, the more detailed the ideas of process can get. It is a spontaneous journey we can take together.

Upcoming Events

March 2018
Cdn $155.00

Couture Cuff with visiting instructor Nancy Cain

March 23 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Nancy Cain

Course outline: Couture: High Fashion Design, Haute, Attention to Detail, Sophisticated, Elegant, Custom-made. In the style of expensive, fashionable, and hand sewn couture clothing, we are able to create our own high fashion custom accessories with beads, crystals and time invested in attention to detail. Couture Cuff is a beautifully sophisticated statement piece handcrafted in structural peyote. The structure of the cuffs channel is stitched with an inventive technique that I developed called Pinch-in-the-Ditch. The reward of taking time to…

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Cdn $155.00

Vessel No. 1 with visiting instructor Nancy Cain

March 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Nancy Cain

Course outline: Vessel No. 1 was the inspiration piece for my Bead & Button Show Master Class on engineering 3-dimensional vessel design. It is a hollow piece with interior embellishments for a visual surprise as well as creating additional support. Vessel No. 1 is an elegant, statement piece with chain gracing the bottom. Design, balance and proportion as well as structure techniques are discussed throughout the piece and understanding 3D peyote work. The 3 rings are vertically stacked with 6mm…

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Cdn $155.00

Fusion Ring and Bracelet with visiting instructor Nancy Cain

March 25 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Nancy Cain

Course outline: This watch style piece is built from two separate components designed a year apart that have been fused together. The key is keeping all of your bead bits in a bowl for future use! The individual components are engineered with Peyote stitch and built in stages allowing the underside to have a fun peek-a-boo of embellishment. It is created from the outside-in and the inside-out alternately using the working and tail threads. You can make a bangle bracelet…

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  • For some studio classes, those using fire-breathing torches and fast spinny things a waiver must be signed acknowledging you have experience or training in their use, and we will ensure you have training to work safely!
  • Some classes have age requirements. Students MUST be mature and responsible to work safely to be allowed to take some of our lampworking, soldering, fusing, and some metalsmithing classes.

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