Melbourne Bead Expo 2015

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The Melbourne Bead Expo is over for another year.  I spent three days of showcasing my lampwork beads, dichroic pendants and cabochons.  The expo was held in Moorabbin at the Kingston Town Hall.  I’ve been part of the Bead Expo for a number of years now and always look forward to catching up with other exhibitors (many of whom are now friends), beaders that have previously bought my beads and new faces.  Normally I’m located in front of the stage but this year I was in the middle of the room.  Quite a few people did comment that I was in a different spot – it’s nice that people remember me and my work.

Whilst numbers through the door seemed to be down this year, it was still a great show.  I think numbers may have been down as the workshops (which are usually held at another location in the building) were held off-site.  Normally workshop participants pop into the expo either before or after their workshops.  That just wasn’t possible this year.
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Many people commented on my rice and why I used the rice as part of my display.  It’s really quite simple.  The rice is white and it makes the colours of my lampwork beads stand out more.  The other reason is that I have two beautiful labradors at home.  Whilst they aren’t allowed near my beads, their fur gets into everything.  Fur on a black background is very hard to remove.  So I just pop some rice into the display tray and that problem is solved.  One young girl thought it was cooked rice and wondered if it would go mouldy!  When I get home from an expo, the rice just gets poured into a container and stored away for the next event.

The Bead Expo is run by volunteers and they do a great job.  Each year they also run beading competitions and the entries are all on display.  You can find more information about bead society happenings here.

The big news for the Bead Expo is that in 2016 it will be held at Box Hill Tafe – Elgar Rd campus.  Dates for next year are November 4 to 6.  In the words of Arnie – I’ll be back…..

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