The Bead Society of Victoria, Inc. (BSV) was founded in 1994 by a small group of bead enthusiasts who decided to direct their passion for beads into founding an organisation to include beadwork into the arts and craft movement in Australia. In the first years, bi-monthly meetings were held in Melbourne, but when the BSV grew larger in size, the frequency of meetings was increased to every month.
At these meetings, the members come together to bead and chat and, most importantly, help each other to develop their skills and exchange creative ideas. Over the years, other beading groups in Victoria showed their interest in the BSV and realized the benefits that an organisation could offer.
The Geelong branch was founded in 2009, and in 2012 the first branch outside of Victoria was established in Adelaide. Unfortunately due to low attendances this branch has now been closed, but many of the S.A members remain BSV members, retaining their membership benefits.
Today the BSV has members all over Australia from all age groups. The members' magazine “Connect” is a communication link to those members unable to attend the monthly meetings, provides projects and galleries of members’ work.
The BSV branches are very active in providing workshops by local tutors at the monthly meetings. Besides bead weaving, other techniques are also taught, for example working with polymer clay, resin, fabric or metal. The variety and common passion for creating beautiful jewellery and non-jewellery pieces using a large variety of different media makes the BSV a successful and inclusive organization and the monthly meetings highly inspiring events.
Every year in November the BSV runs the Bead Expo which comprises a trade floor, where exhibitors display their beautiful bead wares. Workshops are offered by both by local tutors and often by an invited International Tutor. The various exhibitions of beadwork held in conjunction with the Bead Expo each year provide an amazing array of high quality bead work in different categories, e.g. the “Bead Challenge”, “Member’s Showcase”, “Featured Artist” and the “Handmade Bead” competitions.
In addition to this, the BSV runs an annual Bead Retreat every January, where a number of classes are offered by local tutors. Members have the unique opportunity to spend three days beading, where they can learn new techniques, expand on their skills, socialize and network with fellow artists. They also have the added luxury of having meals provided with no housework to do.
BSV Core Committee
The BSV is run on a voluntary basis. The members of the Bead Society Committee are:
- President - Lorene Wilson
- Vice President - Vacant
- Treasurer - Anny Limbek
- Secretary - Julie Pearton
- Connect Editor - Annette Meldrum
- Workshop Coordinator -
2016 - Lorene Wilson
2017 - Pamela Felling
- Public Relations & Marketing - Kerrie Putnins
- Special Events Coordinator 2017
Supporting committee members:
- Connect Advertising Coordinator - TBC
- Membership Coordinator - Alicia Cleary
Core Committee members are elected at the Annual General Meeting each year in August.
The BSV has several sub-committees to support the various activities over the year. Please let us know if you are interested in helping, since we appreciate any support. Volunteers will learn new skills and get to know their fellow members while supporting the activities of the BSV.