Monday, September 24, 2012

Inspiration, Unexpected Collaboration! Eleanore Thomas of Spin Culture

blog by Genea C-K

Are you ever inspired? Are you ever inspired by someone elses work? Does that inspiration turn into an unexpected collaboration?! Well that is what happened with Eleanore(Nellie) and us! You might have been introduced to Nellie through her mom's(Karen Totten) post on AJE called Fiber Wire and a Fiber Wire Studio Tour. Nellie is the owner of Spin Culture. She creates hand dyed fibers with which she creates bats to be spun into incredible yarn! 

I have had the extreme pleasure of getting to know Nellie pretty well from our late night chats on facebook :) During some of our chats and through the release of our limited edition collaboration , Nellie was very inspired by our color palettes! She jumped right in and created these wonderful bats from which fiber wire would be created! 
Here is the set that Nellie used for her color inspiration.

Here is an image of the fibers she chose to match on the drum carder.

Here is the finished bat.
and HERE is the INCREDIBLE "Autumn Harvest" fiber wire! 

Here are some of the limited edition collaboration sets that are still AVAILABLE!

Remember, once these sets are gone, they are GONE, so hop on over and grab one before you miss out! ;)

Here are some beautiful designs other artists have been creating with their fiber wire to give you some inspiration!

Necklace by Lorelei Eurto.

Earrings by Staci.

Necklace by Lesley Watt.

Thanks for stopping by!

xo Genea

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


blog by Genea C-K

Hello friends!

Are you excitedly awaiting the release of our limited edition collab sets? Are you a member of Creative Bead Chat? Well guess what?! For the next 48 hours we will be offering up 5 of our sets there for PRE-SALE before their full debut on Etsy!

Here are the AMAZING sets we have up for pre-sale! Follow this link to the gallery on Creative Bead Chat to find out how to snag your set! Click on the image of the set you like for instructions on how to make your claim :)

We hope you nab one you like! 

See you soon!

xo Genea

Monday, September 17, 2012

And the Winner is......................................

 #44 Kristen!!!!!!!
You have won our first limited edition collab set!  We can't wait to see what you do with it!
(Please email me at
Thanks to all who entered and shared!  We hope you guys will continue to follow and hang out, and check out the other sets as they are listed!  Your encouragement and excitement about the sets and this blog is rocking!!!!!!  So a real big, heart felt, thank you to all of you!
Staci and Genea

Monday, September 10, 2012

Giveaway Time!!!!!

Finally, it's here!  Beginning today, you have one week to try to win this limited edition, collaborative bead set by Genea Beads and (me) Staci Louise of Artisan Accents.
Every set is completely one of a kind.  Today, you are entering to win this one............................
This set is a $60 value

These sets are not being offered to the public yet.  So perhaps you can be the very first one to own one! 
OK, now for the rules.  We really need you to help spread the word about our collaborative sets, so please share this post to be entered.
You may share on facebook, twitter and your blog.  For each way you share, you get another entry.
YOU MUST LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH WAY YOU SHARE. We count each comment as one entry.  So don't leave one comment saying you shared 3 ways, it only will count once.
You get another entry for following our blog.  Again, please leave a separate comment.  If you already follow that counts, leave a comment as well.
Giveaway winner will be announced on Monday September 17th. 
The rest of the sets will be available for sale in both Genea Beads and Artisan Accents on Friday, September 21st. 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Special Collaboration Packaging- The Icing on the Cake!

 Blog by Genea CK

If something is incredibly amazing it should also have equally amazing packaging, right?! Well I thought so, so I did some behind the scenes work for Staci and me. Can you believe I had to keep this a secret from her?! It's a good thing I had a few close artsy friends I could spill the beans to that would keep my secret safe! You know who you are *wink, wink, nude, nudge, know what I mean, know what I mean*

So first I thought we needed a special kind of thing with both of our logos and "collaborate" on it. Staci didn't have an official high res logo. I stole an image from her copper metal brooch .
I took the heart image and put it through a few filters in photo shop.
I made this, but I really wanted her original hand drawn winged heart image. 
Here is what she sent me. I again put it into Photoshop and made it a high resolution image. Keep in mind I am NO graphic tech person at all! I was actually going to get the help of Miss Totten since she is an artsy guru, but she ended up getting that terrible Bead Fest Flu! 

So I took out just the heart as it wouldn't work in the designs for the packaging, cards and tags I had been planning to create. I put the heart through a few filters to darken up the black lines and just saved the image file as large as I was able with the original photo I had.

 So now that the logo was made it opened the door to the other special creations I wanted to make.

I needed to create our  logs with "collaborate" image.

SWEET! Just how I imagined!! 

Now off to make some super SWEET business cards on Moo! 

I knew I wanted this image on the cards, but was ecstatic when I found out that you could have a small image on the front with text and a full size image on the back! SUH-WHEET! Hooray for more pictures!

I inserted the collab image to the front of the cards and added the text.
OMG perfect!! 

Now to start loading photos I took of all of the sets I had on my end(Staci has half of the collab sets so some even *I* have not seen!) and add them to the backs.

So awesome!! :D

Now for the packaging! In my mind I imagined our collab image stuck to the tops of the boxes. I created this image in Microsoft Publisher thinking I could get it to round the edges for me and I could just cut them out with scissors. Those rounded stickers can be hard to line up perfectly, so why not take out some error? ;)

Ah there we go! A nice thick border to show me where to cut.

Now to stick the stickers to the box tops! AWESOME!! 

Now for some special collab beads tags to tie up the beads!

Aren't these just AMAZING?! Who doesn't love cute little detailed perfect touches? 

Our packaging is complete! 

Now off to package up the sets! :D

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Little More about Inspiration and Collaboration

by Staci Louise Smith

I am sure Genea and I aren't the first ones to ever inspired each other.  For me, inspiration coming from other artists started very young.  I was inspired by music I heard, paintings, the natural world around me, culture, and then............................................ art beads. 
When art beads came into play for me, it was the first time I got to have a tangible relationship with the art that inspired me.  Another bonus (thanks to the world wide web) was that I could get to know the artist better through etsy or facebook or blogs.  So inspiration, was inevitably to become collaboration at some point.

Art beads by Lisa Peters Art- one of my first loves in art beads- millions of inspirations came from her beads

For me, the collaboration part really started with Genea.  She is the creative mind that is bursting with ideas (and energy)!  Really, the collab sets we made were her brain child, since she is the one who ran with matching the colors of my beads. 
It was her idea to make limted edition sets to offer in 5 color schemes and I jumped at the idea.  It was more of an undertaking then I think we imagined, but I really can't begin to explain how fun it has been to work with Genea and get to know her better through this collaboration.
Genea's headpins with sea glass and swirls
On Monday we will be doing a giveaway for ONE of the collaborate sets.  This will be available before they are offered anywhere else.  We are also setting up a flickr group for anyone who purchases (or wins) a set, so you can show off your designs you have made with the sets.
I leave you with this thought.....................................
Inspiration comes to us and involves only our own imagination.
Collaboration is intentional and reciprocal. 
This blog is about both, and how one can lead to the other, and us saying....DO IT.  Make your inspiration into collaboration!  It is challenging and rewarding.
I hope to have many features on  both of these topics here on the blog for you, and to find others who have collaborated to create works of art together.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Welcome to Inspiration & Collaboration; The Social Artist! The Inner Workings of Collaborations and Limited Edition GIVEAWAY announcement!

Hello friends!

I can't even explain just how incredibly excited I am to be writing our FIRST blog here on Inspiration & Collaboration; The Social Artist! Staci is the mastermind behind this special blog, but together we have had the pleasure of putting our creative minds together for a collaboration!

So what is a collaboration? A collaboration is the coming together of artists to creatively invent a work of art  using each of  their adept skills. When I met Staci through the Bead Soup Blog Party, I had no idea that our friendship and love of beads would lead us here. How exciting huh?! I can't tell you how many times I have been inspired by Staci's work and where we have "volleyed" ideas back and forth to each other.

Here is just one of the many examples. From left to right: my "Vortex Flower", Staci's "Swirl Flower", and my "Vortex Anemone Flower". 

You know every good bead needs to be created into an equally beautiful piece of jewelry, right?! 
Here is a GORGEOUS bracelet Staci created using her lichen bead, hoop and spiral "s" clasp along with my recycled bottle glass beads.
I just LOVE this one she created with her bronze donut and my "Ancient Pebble" focal.
Sometimes when you design things just JUMP together! Check out this incredible design with art beads by: Staci, Karen and me.

.... and THEN you can make a design just DRIPPING with art beads!

Creativity has no limits!  So jump into your bead box and start designing something fabulous!

Well friends, it's FINALLY time to release our special LIMITED EDITION COLLABORATION SETS! Can you believe it?! This has been months in the making and it's time to BUST out the BEADS!

I know it's been awhile, so let me re-fresh your memory of what is in store....
Do you love those limes, teals, and yellows?

Maybe you dig those gorgeous "turning leaves" fall colors.

... or maybe you like some "every day" wear neutrals. Whatever the case may be...
Yes, friends, ONE of these amazing sets will be YOURS! 

So hop back to our blog on Monday for details about how to snag your LIMITED EDITION COLLAB set before anyone else gets one! Yep, our lucky winner will be the FIRST one to not only get ONE of the 25 sets, we have, but they will have it an entire week before they are released to the general public!!

We can't WAIT to see you on Monday!

xo Genea