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So... about me:

My name is Marie-Andree Marchand, and I'm a lampwork bead maker from Quebec City, Canada.

My art quest started a long time ago when I was just a kid. I used to watch my mother paint and create beautiful pieces in pastels and enamels – all mediums she was excellent at. My older sisters also did embroidery, sewing, macramé and other artistic stuff. As their young sister I was always begging (or should I say bugging) them to show me what they knew. I also learned a lot by myself (big sisters are not always cooperative with their annoying little sisters).

So I touched and tried many different art forms – to my mother’s dismay who wondered if I would ever settle to one of them or at least finish what I started. So many knits, stained-glass pieces, clay pots or calligraphy were abandoned in the…

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  • Born on August 3
  • Joined June 8, 2007

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About

So... about me:

My name is Marie-Andree Marchand, and I'm a lampwork bead maker from Quebec City, Canada.

My art quest started a long time ago when I was just a kid. I used to watch my mother paint and create beautiful pieces in pastels and enamels – all mediums she was excellent at. My older sisters also did embroidery, sewing, macramé and other artistic stuff. As their young sister I was always begging (or should I say bugging) them to show me what they knew. I also learned a lot by myself (big sisters are not always cooperative with their annoying little sisters).

So I touched and tried many different art forms – to my mother’s dismay who wondered if I would ever settle to one of them or at least finish what I started. So many knits, stained-glass pieces, clay pots or calligraphy were abandoned in the midst of completion before I jumped head first in a new art endeavor.

Even in my studies and professional life did this pattern of never settling into one domain prevailed. I studied science, arts, graphic design and museology. I had a graphic design business, done theatre costumes, archeological drawings (namely for the Texas Historical Commission) and did web sites for museum related institutions.

In 1998, I discovered glass beads and my life changed. A year before, in a book club dedicated to graphic design, I found a book titled Beads (more precisely: Creating Extraordinary Beads From Ordinary Materials, by Tina Casey). I don’t know why I felt I had to have that book. In the few weeks before the book arrived I was roaming the house saying “beadddsss” every time I was passing by my husband (I know it sounds crazy… what this bead stuff can do to you!)

It was a book on paper beads and was great fun but I had to go further and got interested in polymer clay beads. You know how addictive beads can be… I started going to the library for other books, searched web sites for beads and found bead related magazines. In one of the magazines there was an article on Kristina Logan’s beads. What a discovery! Looking at, and being mesmerized by, her beautiful glass beads, I knew I HAD to do this someday (I’ve seen many astonishing work done by great bead artists since then).

It’s been 8 years since I did my first lumped, ugly bead and I’ve never been more sure of what I wanted to do in my life. No… not lumped, ugly beads…, but I hope nicer and nicer beads as I continue to practice and develop my art for many years to come.

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