Heather Kingsley-Heath is a beadworker living and working in England. Her career began with an honors degree in design and a passion for color. Her first job was as a textile print designer, then craft artist, followed by a move into the publishing industry as both author and editor.
Beading began as a curiosity and quickly became her passion. Heather’s love of beads and color is infectious and she has inspired and encouraged many budding designers. Heather is a member of the Beadworkers Guild and was an editor of the Guild Journal
, a quarterly magazine for members.
Heather’s work is delicate, richly detailed, and infinitely wearable. Often inspired by history, heritage, vintage, and treasure, her work explores the relationships between wearer and object; many pieces have hidden areas to contain a personal treasure, votive, prayer, or wish. She is known for her more experimental figurative and sculptural pieces which combine a huge range of seed beading techniques to create three-dimensional pieces such as a snail on a leaf, or scorpion stalking a butterfly as seen in the on-line "Battle of the Beadsmith".
Heather is the creator of Albion stitch, and has published two books on the stitch: “Albion Stitch Book One”, “Albion Stitch Book Two”, as well as “Bead Net, New Ideas for Netted Beadwork”. Her work has been featured in Perlen Poesie, Beadwork
, and many other magazines. As a tutor, Heather is a kind, patient, lively, and inspiring teacher, generous with her design processes and techniques. She is booked for workshops and classes regularly in the UK and overseas. She writes and publishes her work as books, kits, and patterns as well as creating pieces to commission.
Heather lives in Somerset with her husband and feline friends.