Last night's Main Line Bead Society meeting featured a program by Judy Gelzinis Donovan, a textile artist, beader and teacher. Born in Philadelphia but raised on the tiny island of Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands, she became fascinated with beads and textiles using vibrantly colored tropical fabrics, raffia, cowrie shells and beads. Her work, primarily garments and woven beadwork, has been shown nationally and internationally in juried shows, galleries, as well as in invitation-only fashion shows.
A highly entertaining speaker, she provided information on her techniques, ideas and inspiration. Attendees were encouraged to model her garments, and everyone had an opportunity to touch and look at them closely. It was almost enough to make me want to consider buying a sewing machine!