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Diane Fitzgerald

Diane has been associated with the Bead&Button Show since before it was the Bead&Button Show, when the event was called Embellishment. She is an avid bead collector and jewelry designer working in a variety of contemporary beading techniques. Since 1989, Diane has taught a wide range of bead classes at her shop, Beautiful Beads, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and around the country. As a bead collector, she specializes in contemporary American art-glass beads and European and Japanese vintage beads. Diane has traveled to South Africa to study Zulu and Xhosa beadwork, to the Czech Republic, Germany, and other areas to learn about the glass-bead industry and meet beadworkers and beadmakers.

Diane has a graduate degree in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota with a minor in Design. Her books include "Beading with Brick Stitch", "Beads and Threads: A New Technique for Fiber Jewelry", "Counted and Charted Patterns for Flat Peyote Stitch", "Sea Anemone Beadwork", "Zulu Beaded Chain Techniques", and "More Zulu Beadwork". Diane’s work is featured in “Beading Across America”, available from Kalmbach Books. She frequently writes for many of the leading jewelry magazines, including Bead&Button magazine. Her work has appeared in a number of exhibits throughout the country.

Diane taught the Master Class, The Jewels of Miriam Haskell, at the 2007 Bead&Button Show. Her contributions to the creativity and artistry of beaded jewelry are considerable. She definitely raises the bar for all of us to be inspired.

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