Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Lilian Chen: Design Innovator Finding New Success!

Lilian Chen







It is such a thrill to watch a friend experience long-sought success...especially someone so deserving.
I first met Lilian when I signed up for one of her classes at the Pasadena Bead & Design Show over a year ago. Lilian taught interesting wire design and innovative cold connection techniques. I was transfixed and ended up taking a few additional private lessons from her as well. In the process, we became friends and supporters of each other's work.


Lilian makes such gorgeous pieces but she doesn't sell any of it! Seems funny to me, but Lilian much prefers to teach than to sell what she makes. She teaches at several bead stores in the Southern California area including You & Me Findings, Aubrey's Beads and Bead Source, but her goal has been to be accepted as an instructor at the major trade shows and she made a huge step in that direction this past week when she learned that she was accepted as a Swarovski instructor at The Tucson Bead Show under their CREATE YOUR STYLE IN TUCSON 2009 program and she will be teaching four classes at the Bead&Button Show .

Lilian is a self-taught designer whose work has been featured in several bead magazines. She works mainly in base metals and colorful beads; making the design rather than the materials the show-stopping effect of her pieces.

My hat is off to Lilian! Much more success is surely coming for this remarkable talent.


Thanks for stopping by!
Sally





1 comment:

Ann Dee Allen said...

You have a good eye, Sally. Here at Bead&Button magazine we've had the privilege of offering Lilian's pieces to our readers, thanks to her generosity. Her work is beautiful and always "says" quality and innovation. Our staff enjoys making her projects while testing them for print. Her projects can be found at www.BeadAndButton.com/projects. Search the projects using Lilian's name. We have new designs by Lilian coming up in a special April issue on making jewelry with crystals.

Ann Dee Allen
Editor
Bead&Button