Mary Jane Gruhn
Having known Warren Feld
for over a decade I have witnessed the growth of his shop Be Dazzled
Beads of Nashville, Tennessee to become one of the premier bead shops
and teaching facilities in the USA. At the same time I have witnessed
Warren's personal growth from an expert business manager to become
one of the most talented beaders and designers in the field. Getting
to know Warren and having the luxury of being able to visit Be Dazzled
Beads whenever I wish has been an inspiration for me. I always look
forward to seeing Warren and his latest creations at the weekly open
beading sessions at the shop. Warren's creations feature not only
technical perfection, but an extraordinary sense of harmony and balance
of color, dimension, and uniquely creative artistic design. His creations
range from functional jewelry to display pieces worthy of placement
Warren has inspired me
and numerous others to vastly expand our knowledge and skills. Students
who enroll in his class at the Bead & Button show will have the
privilege of working with an instructor of extraordinary technical
and artistic talent combined with exceptional communication skills
to transfer his concepts to the participants. Students can expect
to learn not only how to produce a specific craft piece, but how to
apply the fundamentals of architecture and design to numerous related
It is a pleasure to recommend
Warren Feld as a teacher. I have know Warren for well over a decade
as a bead shop owner, bead study and workshop leader, and trusted
Warren possesses a thorough
knowledge of bead history, design and materials. These qualities enable
him to give his students a strong foundation in the art of beadweaving.
His skilled coaching in these areas are the building blocks on which
his students make informed choices. From this point, his students
can go on to make creative leaps in their own beadwork.
My name is lindsey Griffith
and years back I took a class from Mr. Warren Feld. I was absolutely
blown away by the information I received from him during the class.
I thought I would show up and just be taught the very basics of jewelry
making and the class ended up being so much more. He is extremely
knowledgeable about the technical side of making jewelry, but also
is very educated in the materials he uses. Why we use what we use,
how to tell the differences from beads from different countries, and
determining the quality of beads are just a few of the things I wasn't
expecting to learn, but were so interesting and helpful.
I have known Mr. Warren
Feld since 2008. During entire time he has been such a wonderful mentor
to me, advisor and teacher. He has given me many ideas on beading.
He has taught me so much that I can never repay him, even if I become
rich. In fact, I notice that he has been a good teacher not only to
me, but also for many others. He has introduced me to sources that
I was not even aware of. Surprisingly, many of the lcasses he taught
were not associated with any compensation whasoever. It was clear
that he was doing it from his heart.
I am just beginning to
learn about beading. I have taken 2 classes with Warren and one with
someone else. Warren is an exceptional teacher with a wealth of information
about the history, development and current trends in beading. He presents
this information with a wry humor that his students appreciate. Although
he is obviously a superb master of beading design and technique, he
makes even the beginner feel welcome to the beading world at whatever
level they aspire to obtain. I have taken his "Orientation to
Beads" course and have told him I want to listen to the presentation
again. It was so detailed and interesting I want to hear it again
to absorb more of it than I could at one sitting. I especially appreciate
his tips on how to make jewelry that wears well, and what he has learned
to ensure the piece will endure and give the customer lasting satisfaction.
His handouts are easy to follow, and when you leave you can remember
what he taught with only a glance at the sheets. I plan to keep taking
his courses to learn more about how to make jewelry; something I have
wanted to do for a long time. As a Quality Assurance Coordinator in
my "other life", I recognize quality when I experience it.
I highly recommend him to teach.
Warren Feld is a fabulous
teacher -- very knowledgeable, talented, insightful, and patient.
I enjoyed his classes and learned so much from him. In-depth explanations
and excellent teaching guides were provided for each of his classes.
He shares information and knowledge freely and inspires students to
accomplish their best.
At the Center for Beadwork
and Jewelry Arts, the classes I took from him included: Orienation
to Beads and Jewelry Findings, Basics of Bead Stringing and Attaching
Clasps, Getting Your Jewelry Business Started, Pricing and Selling
Your Jewelry, and Internet Marketing For Very Small Businesses...That
He will be a tremendous
resource for participants attending the show, through the enjoyment
of his teaching, and being able to watch him at work during demonstrations.
My name is Susan Parks,
and I am an advanced bead artist who began seriously to study the
art of Beadwork in the year 2000. I live in Chattanooga, TN and regularly
drive 2 1/2 - 3 hours to Nashville, often for the sole purpose of
visiting Warren Feld's store, Be Dazzled. There I shop, gather information
that is helpful for things I'm working on, network with other bead
artists, and take classes from Warren Feld and Kathleen Lynam. It
is the most up-to-date and comprehensive store I have been to.
I have found Warren Feld
to be the most knowledgeable person in the business of beadwork, business,
bead products and their origin and what is going on the beadwork arts,
engineering, fashion and history of beads that I have met since I
became interested in beading. I have taken a business class from him,
a stringing class, and an orientation to beads class. Each class was
taught with excellent handouts, but with even more exceptional explanations,
descriptions, and topics that lead to higher order thinking about
the whole gamut of topics relating to Beadwork. I have called him
with questions about beads, a project solution, or other products,
and despite how incredibly busy he must be, he always is there, takes
time to respond thoughtfully to my inquiries, and shows true passion
about his business that is rarely matched in this day and age. He
rarely seems to have to look things up (although he must constantly
read) because his voice of experience is always verifiable, is sensible,
and works. Through my association with Warren Feld, I have felt a
great motivating interest to study and learn more. I am no longer
daunted with such perplexitieis as how to price things, if a bead
has special meaning, worth, or history attached, if I can find a special
item to inpsire a work, or how to spot and avoid flaws in work (my
own and others) and choose what we want our work to accomplish. His
classes cover basics, but go way beyond compared to an ordinary class
in covering the breadth of each topic. The classes are packed with
useful information and inspiring, thought-provoking ideas in our field.
The design information,
the troubleshooting, all the detail you put into this class, is deep.
This class isn't 1/4" thick and a mile wide, it's 10 feet deep
and a mile wide! It's not just step one, step two, step three, bracelet!
I love your teaching style, Warren, you give reasons, options, you
help your students beyond the project. You give so much more.
This class is worth it's
weight in gold. The information is presented in a clear and thorough
manner. Instructor Warren Feld shares his extensive knowledge in a
very easy to understand format. I hope Mr. Feld shares more of his
expertise in future classes.
I find Warren to be an excellent presenter. This is the second of Warren's classes that I have purchased. The first one was on pricing jewelry, also excellent. Even though I have been doing art fairs for a while, I thought I'd buy his class to see if there is any new information that I could use to help me along. This is excellent info for someone who is completely new to the fair experience. There is a lot of info in the class, that I had to learn the hard way on my own, in one nice neat class. I did pick up some good ideas though. So, if you are considering getting into the fair circuit and are full of questions, take this class!
Paula Morgan, who has been the Beadwork Advisor for About.Com,
and more recently, an advisor with Bead-Space.com, and Blog
Mistress/Consultant. - 1/23/2009
Design Study Under the Tuscan Sun
This is about an
earlier post today by Bead-Space.com Member OddShop, and his
reminder about the week-long series of workshops and lectures
scheduled for April to be held in one of the most beautiful,
inspiration and creativity-nurturing places on this Earth -
This workshop, titled
Contemporizing Traditional Etruscan Jewelry will be taught by
Bead-Space Member OddShop, also known as Warren Feld, owner
of one of the most magnificent bead shops in the world, Land
of Odds. Warren is recognized as an expert in traditional Etruscan
jewelry design and has taught extensively over the years. This
workshop will focus not only on the essential techniques used
to create this essential jewelry style, but will also teach
you how to carry these techniques and skills into the 21st century
and no matter what your style of beading or jewelry making,
into your own beading or jewelry making studio.
is, if you are able to register and attend this workshop but
are just not completely sure about it, or perhaps are not sure
about the instructor, the cruise company, etc. if you will trust
my word, I will help you decide. Do it! Do not hesitate. Warren
is an amazing teacher, an incredible beader, has an unfailing
knowledge and this trip will change your life.
If you are serious
about designing jewelry and want to learn how to bring the old
world into the new, this is a positive investment in your professional
future. If you are an established designer and want to add a
bit of polish to your skills and techniques portfolio, this
is an outstanding opportunity to work with a Master. If you
are an “of the moment” type of designer, with no
interest in historical methods or techniques, but just want
to keep up with current design trends and have the ability to
make those beaded jewelry pieces that are selling and being
worn, this is absolutely the class investment for you, too.
Current styles, ranging from the big and bold Bohemian style
of Coco Chanel and her line of big beautiful adornments, combining
the paste and the precious, to the stripped-down and de-constructed
look of twenty different tangled chains, all covered in patina,
thrown together with a variety of pearls, organza, and other
frills, this is where you will learn which frills, when, why,
With no basis in
the history of jewelry styles, it is impossible to re-create
them into bare-bones versions or into the so-over-the-top-as-to-look-turned-upside-down-and-inside-out,
then without the foundation for this deconstruction, all you
may design is a mess. It’s all in the details, and that
is what you will bring away from your week’s stay in Tuscany.
As your Friendly
Beading Advisor, I personally vouch for him as instructor, bead
seller and all-around really great guy.
If you have planned
to make an investment in your beading or jewelry design career
this year, you would do yourself a huge favor to give this weeklong
session your serious consideration. Working in the birthplace
of such magnificent design with an instructor like Warren, enjoying
a week in the Tuscan sun in early spring, spending time with
other serious jewelers and beaders, you’ll find yourself
returning to the bench refreshed and filled with new spirit,
inventiveness and creative vigor. Trust me; you’ll thank
yourself for years to come if you allow yourself this investment
in your future as a beader and jewelry designer, and as a positive
step in the right direction towards your commitment to living
and creating handmade. And to steal a corny (but in this case
true) phrase from an ad for hair dye or wrinkle cream or some
kind of makeup - the bottom line is: you are worth it! So go,
and don’t forget to send me an email and some pictures.