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Master Class Heidi Kummli


Nicho Shrine
Sunday, June 2 – Tuesday, June 4, 2019

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In this workshop we will each be making a small shrine from a beautiful wooden box, and incorporating jewelry into the design. We'll start with a presentation to get you excited about different techniques and ideas, then we'll work on brainstorming, designing, painting, and assembling the box. You will bead your own components using bead embroidery and/or loom work techniques incorporating your own beads and focal element, or a focal you purchase from Heidi. You'll also paint the inside and outside of the shrine in two of your own colors, or you may choose from Heidi's paint supply.

Heidi invites you to focus on what you would like to honor in your shrine: ancestors, family members, pets, animal totems, a deity or deities, mountains, oceans, music, fishing your creative spirit… the field is wide open! Gather pictures and items that may fit into your design idea, like a piece of jewelry or family heirloom, a pet's tag, an old coin, a pinecone, stick, or crystal. Miniatures work great for shrines, too. The choice is yours! Your shrine will be unique to you or someone special in your life you want to gift it to. The option of hanging it on the wall or setting it on a shelf or table will be available.

For reference, please note that Nichos are small boxes made from mixed media and traditionally combine elements from Roman Catholicism, mestizo spirituality, and popular culture.

Shrines are holy or sacred places dedicated to an ancestor, hero, specific deity, martyr, saint, daemon, or a similar figure of awe and respect, at which they are venerated or worshipped.

Throughout the class, Heidi will provide expert instruction on the many different techniques you can use in bead embroidery, epoxy clay, and also loom work. You will decide what techniques you wish to use and incorporate into your design.

Who should take this class?

This class is appropriate for intermediate beaders.

3-day class fee: $1,145 plus $60 kit fee.

Added benefits for Master Class students:

  • Waived registration fee.
  • Advance registration for general classes.
  • Fun-filled tote bag.
  • Special event tickets.
  • Graduation celebration.
  • Transportation to class location.
  • Breakfast and lunch on class days.
  • Commemorative Show bead, pin, and T-shirt.

Heidi started working with beads in 1975 and remembers making jewelry even as a young child; it came naturally for her. Like her Chippewa great-grandmother, Heidi listens to her heart and the beadwork just seems to flow. Heidi's great-grandmother Nora did bead work for Vaudeville, although Heidi did not know this until after she had been beading for many years.

Heidi’s work has been displayed all across the globe. She has been a finalist and award winner in the prestigious BeadDreams competition by Bead&Button magazine every year since 2002.  In 2003 Heidi won 1st Place for her beadwork in the Saul Bell Awards Competition, put on by the Rio Grande Gems and Findings catalog. Heidi’s work has also been on the cover of Fire Mountain Gems and Beads catalog and magazines. In 2008 Heidi had the opportunity to design a beaded tea box cover for Celestial Seasonings Tea. The original piece of beadwork is on permanent display at Celestial Seasonings in Boulder, Colorado.

Heidi teaches private workshops and also spiritual bead classes at her mountain home in the summers. She has been a teacher, along with her good friend Sherry Serafini, at the Colorado Bead Retreat since it started in 2013.

Artist's Statement:

“My beadwork flows through my fingers with the greatest of ease. Each bead is sewn down using bead embroidery techniques, knowing exactly where to rest. I allow spirit or perhaps the universe to express itself through me. I can’t take credit for the results, as it is deeper than myself."

“I have been a spiritual person most of my life, and in 2011 I came across an online course called Shamanism 101. I now teach the same course. Shamanism is a spiritual practice that brings healing into the world. It is about being connected to the Earth and all the diversity around us, paying attention to the omens in our everyday lives. When we surround ourselves with this beautiful spiritual connection, honoring it through ceremony, ritual, and practice, we ourselves can become whole and thus reflect it back into the world."

I feel that same way about my beadwork, I hope that each piece I make brings a sense of healing and peace into the world. My work has always been a reflection of my surroundings. By using animals and natural stones in my work I feel in some way I am passing along that connection that sadly so many of us have forgotten."

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