About the Artist

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Mary Tafoya


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"Mary Tafoya is a consummate artist. As winner of Best of Show at Bead International at the Dairy Barn in 2004, and a long-time contributor to Beadwork magazine, Mary is truly seen as one of the breakthrough artists of the resurgence of beading in the United States. A long-time graphic design instructor, Mary understands color and form in many ways, and relays it beautifully as a bead  instructor."
--Jean Campbell, Editorial Director
Interweave Bead Group, F+W Media

☀ Mary Tafoya teaches classes in mixed media surface embellishment, jewelry techniques, beadwork, and especially bead embroidery. She also lectures and facilitates workshops in color theory. Previous clients include ArtStreet at Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless, Beadfest, Boulder Handweavers Guild, Craft University, Harwood Art Center, Interweave Press/F+W Publishing, OFFCenter Community Arts Project, New Mexico Bead Society, San Diego Bead Society, and others.

☀ Currently, Mary works full-time as an Instructional Systems Designer, specializing in online learning solutions. She earned her B.A. in Fine Arts and her M.A. in Educational Leadership in Community and Organizational Learning.

☀ Mary's artwork and articles have been featured in numerous books and magazines, including Beadwork, Belle Armoire, Somerset Studio, and Stringing.

☀ Her beadwork, art and jewelry have been juried into many local, regional and national exhibitions, including Bead International, where she won Best of Show in 2004.

☀ Mary grew up in Kentucky, and now lives with her family in Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

☀ In 2007, Mary opened her vintage jewelry supply shop on Etsy called seriousbeader, with vintage sequins by the strand, vintage rhinestones and crystals, artisan batches of vintage nailheads, beads and buttons, trade beads and world treasures, and select vintage trims, trinkets and fibers.

☀ Contact Mary for a complete resume and references. See the other pages on this blog for samples of her work.

Don't Take Our Word For It :-)
Other Places You Might Want to Visit

OFFCenter Community Arts Project: where Mary sells her art and jewelry. Please visit this great resource for community art making whenever you're in Albuquerque!
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