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 seriousbeader on Etsy, a great resource for vintage sequins by the strand, vintage rhinestone crystals, nailheads, buttons, trade beads, 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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