Cynthia Rutledge
"Beadwork & Metal: Meet in the Middle"

Potential Workshop Dates: November 9-11, 2018

During last fall's classes with Cynthia, there was a lot of interest in Cynthia teaching this new, 3-day workshop when she returned to Anchorage in November 2018.

We now are in the process of determining if there is enough interest for the class to be held by soliciting early sign-ups and a $100 non-refundable deposit through June 15 (if the class does not proceed, you'll receive your full deposit back). Based on the responses, we'll then will determine if there is enough interest to proceed with the class.

A completed box is on display at Alaska Bead Company.

Special note:  Cynthia will be teaching three other classes in early November (in addition to this potential class)--stay tuned for details!


Yes--here's my deposit!

More About the Project . . .

The best of both worlds come together in this workshop to explore the process of creating a miniature box.
In the workshop you will explore techniques that lend themselves to a variety of box shapes. Using seed beads and cylinder beads, fine patina copper sheet, CZ’s and pearls, tiny cup-chain, specialty findings along with embellishing and finishing materials, you will create your own souvenir box. During the workshop, once the box body is underway, you then will work on options for embellishing to create a one-of-a-kind souvenir box.

This is an advanced level workshop in beading skills—but you do not need any skills with using metal.

The full class cost will be $285 for the three days (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day), which does not include the cost of materials or a kit.

An an FYI, Cynthia also is teaching this same workshop as a Master's Class at Bead & Button this year--at a workshop cost of $1,145 for the three-days . . .


About Cynthia Rutledge . . .
Cynthia is a contemporary artist and teacher focusing on beadwork as her medium. She specializes in peyote stitch and off-loom weaving techniques with an emphasis on developing sculptural unsupported shapes in beadwork. Her work has been exhibited in national and international shows and has appeared in Nicolette Stessin's Beaded Amulet Purses, Carol Taylor's Creative Bead Jewelry, and Carol Wilcox Wells' Creative Bead Weaving: A Contemporary Guide to Classic Off-Loom Stitches.

Cynthia writes:
"My attraction to 3-dimensional shapes has created a fascination for me throughout my life and has fueled my creative spirit. My choice of beadwork as a primary medium has followed that same fascination. As my beadwork has evolved, my work seems to always lean towards the building of shapes and forms that are functional and wearable.

The choice to use beads as my medium was primarily influenced by my love of color. Beads reflect and absorb light, hold shape and dimension, and in so doing, offer chameleon-like qualities. It is not always the end result that is the most important to me, however. The process of working with beads and thread is meditative and calming, which allows time for reflection. Engineering each piece is always a challenge that thrills me, as well as giving me the power to make the decisions that need to be made for each piece. The more I experience the wonderful qualities of beadwork, the more I realize my relationship with beads will always be one of learning, experiencing and sharing.

The decision to teach grew from my personal desire to share my love of beads and all the wonderful things that can be created with them. The commitment that I have to teaching stems from my desire to share the knowledge I have gained while developing my own skills in this medium. Ultimately, my mission is to help to keep this art form alive and well."

In early 2016 Cynthia released her first book “Timeless Beadwork Designs,” a compilation of 15 gorgeous projects that reflect the beauty with which Cynthia approaches her designs and the generosity with which she teaches.  Learn more about Cynthia at her webpage.