Lineage of Bead


Pasadena Bead and Design Show, California’s most innovative bead & design event, is known for its unrivaled exhibitor list and for having the most exciting names in artisan bead making and contemporary design. The show highlights include 300 artisan booths, galleries, merchant displays, design performances, and workshops.

It is a beautiful place to shop a huge selection of contemporary beads, as well as one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, artistic clothing, handmade accessories, antiquities, and unusual items such as hand-dyed silks, felted hats, nomadic articles, antique textiles, tribal beads, collectible silver, Australian opals, rare kilims, Egyptian scarabs, champlevé enamel, and vintage Bohemian beads.

The exhibitor list which includes artists, artisans, beadmakers, workshop teachers, established bead merchants, and international dealers, sets the show apart from other events, because each exhibitor is chosen by juried application and by invitation.

During the four-day event, attendees may visit numerous bead displays and buy directly from bead merchants –handmade, artistic, vintage, and antique beads; crystal, stone, and handcut gemstone beads; fabric, clay, shell, and resin beads; kiln-fired, torch and lampworked glass beads; gold, silver, and brass beads; scarab, venetian, tribal, ethnographic, antique amber, ancient Roman intaglio, and African trade beads.

The bead selection alone makes Pasadena Bead and Design Show the event that bead shop owners and bead lovers can’t afford to miss –every aisle has something for everyone. It’s also true that attendees come from across the US and twenty-two foreign countries to shop for not only beads, but as well for jewelry, clothing, hats, textiles, accessories, wearable art, and interior décor.

In addition, the show offers an extensive selection of collectibles and antiquities –fine art jewelry, artifacts, nomadic costumes, rare ethnographic objects, unusual handmade gold and silver pieces, buttons, hand carved gemstones and pendants, vintage beads, accessories, lace, carved figurines, sacred textiles, kilims, Persian rugs, Gablonzer crystals, old jewelry components, copper and brass findings, costume jewelry, and ceremonial objects.

And, beginning on Thursday morning July 28 and going all day long for four days, some areas of the show are transformed into a studio-like setting where artisans are in residence. Attendees are invited to roll up their sleeves and take part in workshops, classes, and do-it-yourself projects, taught by highly skilled artisans, craftspeople, and beadmakers who work side-by-side with the students.

There are over 100 workshops and design performances to teach and demonstrate techniques such as traditional hand knotting, polymer clay, soldering, jewelry design, art clay silver, bead making, mixed media, glass pendants, freeform spinning, metalwork, wirework, resin jewelry, and color on metal.

Walking through the front door, the attendee is presented with an array of textures, colors, and patterns –300  artisan booths, galleries, and merchant displays, in one location, bead exhibits, handmade artistic products, collectibles, antiquities, design performances, classes, and workshops –the first impression of Pasadena Bead and Design Show is visual energy.

With four intense days of bead & design, the show goes beyond the usual trade show model and defines artisanship and quality. Instead of the uniformity and replication found in machine-made goods, there are well thought-out displays and exhibits, reflecting quality, diversity, and exceptional design, making the show a dynamic resource for bead shop and boutique owners, art buyers, jewelry designers, fashion professionals, collectors, crafts people, and everyone who appreciates beads, handwork, and original design.

As an alternative to row upon row of similar goods, there are remarkable assortments and collections of handmade accessories and artistic creations such as hand-dyed silks, wools, and cottons; felted hats and jackets; hand-sewn skirts and blouses; hand-woven rugs, textiles, scarves and shawls; handspun fibers, hand painted silks, kimono fabrics; handmade hats and handbags; art clothing, wearable art, and shibori dresses; embellished trims, vintage lace, tapestries, buttons, embroideries, and ribbons.

These are just a few of the qualities that set Pasadena Bead and Design Show apart from other shows and make it California’s most innovative bead & design event –and one that will be hard to imitate. The public is cordially welcomed to attend –shop, place orders, meet friends, attend workshops and classes, and most exhibitors offer wholesale pricing to resellers. Registration is easy and can be done online or at the door. Show admission is $10 and good for all four days. Workshops and classes fill up quickly and advance reservation is recommended.

Also See