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, Founding Editor, Beadwork magazine

☀ I  teach classes in mixed media surface embellishment, jewelry techniques, beadwork, and especially bead embroidery. I also lecture and facilitate 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, Rocky Mountain Bead Society, San Diego Bead Society, and others.

☀ Currently, I work full-time as an instructional systems designer, specializing in online and classroom training solutions. I earned my M.A. in Educational Leadership in Community and Organizational Learning, and a B.A. in Fine Arts, both from the University of New Mexico.

☀ My artwork and articles have been featured in numerous books and magazines, including Beadwork, Belle Armoire, Somerset Studio, Stringing, and Lark Books' 500 Beaded Objects, among others.

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

☀ In 2007, after selling on eBay for several years, I 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 me for a resume and references. See the other pages on this blog for samples of my work: mary _ tafoya @ yahoo . com (remove spaces)
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Other Places You Might Want to Visit

OFFCenter Community Arts Project: where Mary and other local artists sell handmade art and jewelry. Please visit this great resource for community art making whenever you're in Albuquerque!
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