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Congratulations to our winners!

Never before have we received so many high-quality applications for Social Market for a Mirrix. The first time we went through the whole bunch we aimed to separate applications into “no” and “maybe” piles and realized quickly we had to refine our criteria because no applications were going into the “no” pile! It was an impossibly tough choice and we hope some applicants reapply the next time we do this.

Please know that if you applied and were not chosen it doesn’t mean we didn’t love your work or your writing or weren’t impressed with your skills; because there’s a good chance we were impressed with all of those things but your particular skill set wasn’t ideal for our goals this time around. We wanted to make sure our participants were all very different and represented different skill sets.

In the end, we chose three people to participate.

First we have Janna Maria Vallee from the New York Metropolitan Area. Janna has a diploma in Textile Art from Capilano University and a BA of Fine Art from Concordia University where she learned various weaving techniques. She has been a blogger since 2008 and runs the site http://www.vancouveryarn.com/ as well as her own. Janna has never used a Mirrix Loom before and we look forward to seeing the difference a Mirrix makes for her tapestry weaving (right now she is using a makeshift loom).

One thing that stood out for us in her application was this bit about the subject of her work:

“The subject matter in my work usually begins with ideas around interpersonal relationships and community.  I am particularly drawn to the repetitive, meditative aspects of making textiles, which is particularly relevant in today’s fast-paced, autonomy-driven world.  Community is an idea that in entrenched in the history of textiles, so I like to think of my handwork as a personal protest against those aforementioned ways of being.” -Janna

Check out her website here http://www.jannamaria.com/

Next, we have Julia Hecht from New Mexico. She is a former pediatrician who sees art as a method of self-healing. Currently Julia is a bead shop owner, sharing her passion for art and beads with others.

We loved this excerpt from her application, “Today I find myself in the role of inspiring others to create beauty.  Creating beauty is medicine for the soul.  While I do advanced level work, I repeatedly find myself gravitating towards beginners.  Many women are fearful and especially vulnerable when trying something new.  Through humor, and enthusiasm (and I hope, humility) I seem to be able to help these women let go of their fear and move forward into the creative process.”

See her blog here: http://beadfingers.blogspot.com/ (she is also working on a website that will launch this month, poppybeads.com)

Finally, we have the fabulous Christina Neit. You may remember Christina as our very first Social Market for a Mirrix participant way back in 2010 (or as Beadwork Magazine’s 2014 Designer of The Year). We have been anxious for Christina to continue the amazing work she started back then and seized this opportunity to once again work with her and watch her show off the amazing things a Mirrix Loom can do with an experienced beader at the helm.

Our favorite part of Christina’s application? The ideas she has for Mirrix projects! We won’t share now, but trust us, you’ll be excited to see what she has in store.

Visit Christina’s website here http://goodquillhunting.com/


Thank you again to all who applied. We are humbled that so many of you wanted to be a part of this program.


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