A jewelry maker going to Tucson is like a kid going to Disneyland -- it's an event! And rightfully so. As the largest gem and mineral show in the United States, Tucson has become a mecca for jewelry makers from around the world. The entire metro area is transformed for two weeks every February, with various gem shows popping up in convention centers, hotel ballrooms and parking lots all over town. It is a chance for designers and shops to seek out what's new and exciting and, best of all, stock up!
Last week, our Education Lead Aisha and I headed to Tucson for the event. For the past 2 years, Beaducation has had a booth at the To Bead True Blue show but this year we decided to focus on networking and SHOPPING. We got to visit with some of our favorite vendors and find some intriguing and fabulous goodies. Like fish leather. (Yeah, that's right, I said fish leather!) The fine folks at Interweave threw a great party where we were able to relax and giggle with many of our Beaducation faculty members and friends.
Here is a video of our adventures in Tucson... 4 minutes of fun!
We never did get that darn cork out!
A special thanks to the few vendors who danced for us. The ladies were quick to bust a move, no need to ask them twice. The men... not so much!
Art by Amy
Green Girl Studios - Andrew was unwilling to dance, but we have mad love for him anyhow!
Have you ever been to the event in Tucson? What did you think?