Kinga Nichols

Bead Embroidery Workshops

May 19 - 22, 2018

Project samples will be on display at Alaska Bead Company by late February.

 

Mandragora

Saturday, May 19
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Class Cost:  $95.00 + required kit fee


What Kinga says about this project . . .
“In the center of this composition we have a delightful precious metal clay hand sculpted medallion by the talented Cynthia Thornton.  The bracelet has the feel of enchantment, playfulness, and childlike innocence--kind of like a magical garden. It's a great project for those who want to experiment using fabrics in bead embroidery, and those who want to play with a more three-dimensional approach. Or just those who think the piece is so darn cute, they just need to make one for themselves.”

  • A more detailed project description and kit fee cost amount will be posted in January.
  • Registration will open in late-February; click here to request that you be notified when registration opens.


Dark Side of the Moon

Sunday, May 20
10 to 5 p.m.

Class Cost:  $95.00 + required kit fee


What Kinga says about this project . . .
It's elegant, it's modern and it's simple. because sometimes simplicity is perfection. The repetition of elements creates pleasing harmony. The subtle layers of color and texture make is just right.

  • A more detailed project description and kit fee cost amount will be posted in January.
  • Registration will open in late-February; click here to request that you be notified when registration opens.

 

Heart of the Ocean

Monday & Tuesday, May 21 & 22
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Class Cost:  $95.00 + required kit fee
 

What Kinga says about this project . . .
“What I wanted to achieve with this particular project was to create a deep, dark greenish, tealish, glow, something you would see floating in water, looking upward. Also, I always loved malachite combined with amazonite, but let's face it, some things make great one of a kind pieces and impossible class materials.  I wanted to create a feel that I loved about that precious combination of deep greens and blues and this is my answer to my own question. It does glow, and it is aquatic, and after watching the Titanic, it even looks a little bit like the giant blue diamond in the movie. 

The best part for me is that I successfully created a piece that is entirely multi-functional. It goes from pendant on a rope to slinky wrap bracelet. It was not an easy task to make this happen. The shape had to be just right, the weight and feel had to be just right. But it worked!

  • A more detailed project description and kit fee cost amount will be posted in January.
  • Registration will open in late-February; click here to request that you be notified when registration opens.

 

About Kinga Nichols . . .
Kinga Nichols was born in 1980, in Hungary. At 19, she packed up her life in a backpack and moved to the US where she has been residing since, albeit not at the same place. She currently lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband Paul Nichols and fur baby Samantha Regina Nichols. Samantha Regina is not only her muse but her model as well. Many of Kinga's best known pieces were popularized by the canine model.

One way or another Kinga has been always making things, which started turning into a career when she was painting murals at the time she lived in New York. The murals were fun, but she did not feel like painting was her calling. Eventually she picked up a bead and Button magazine in 2007, found a bead embroidery project, and slowly but surely the obsession took over.

After that first project, she started creating her own designs and quickly found her own distinctive voice that allowed her to translate her imaginings into beadwork. Kinga is always brainstorming, and her imagination provides an endless supply of fanciful ideas that she translates into bead embroidery.

Her work first got noticed in the first Battle of the Beadsmith, quickly followed by her being a BeadDreams finalist in 2013 and getting 3rd place in the same competition in the Swarovski category in 2014, and a book feature in Marcia Decoster Presents, 2014. In 2015, she won first place in the crystal category in BeadDreams.

In 2013, she started teaching and she hopes to continue this as her chosen profession for a long time to come, not only passing on beady knowledge, but perhaps her unique way of looking at the world as a magical place filled with endless possibilities.

Learn more about Kinga through her blog.