August 2014: Paper Bead Jewelry Workshop – with Linda Laino

Friday August 1st, 10am-3pm


Cost: 750 pesos

No previous experience required. English and Spanish speakers welcome!

No se requiere experiencia previa. ¡Taller bilingüe!

paper beads

Did you know that the creation of paper beads dates back to Victorian times?

Women would use wallpaper scraps and roll them around knitting needles to create the beads.  They would then string them on yarn to create paper bead curtains.  More recently, paper beads have been turned into a life-saving cottage industry for displaced women and families in Uganda.

Come to this one day workshop and learn this wonderfully easy, but infinitely varied art of making beads for jewelry!

We will spend the first part of the workshop learning different bead “patterns” and perfecting the techniques.  After a discussion of pattern, color and repetition to help create a more unifed design, students willl then work towards creating a necklace or bracelet in a pattern of their choice.  Other glass beads will be on hand to supplement the paper creations.  All materials provided, including a wonderful selection of papers.  Please feel free to bring any others that you might like to use.

HOW TO REGISTER: Please send an email to Linda at or call her at 415 100 4793 for payment options.

About Linda Laino

Linda LainoFor over 30 years, Linda has been making art in one form or another.  Originally from Philadelphia; Richmond, Virginia had been home for most of her adult life.  Having recently moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, her senses have been infused with new life and a reverence for the sacred impermanence of everyday beauty.

Receiving her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, with a focus in textiles, Linda’s working life since then has taken many forms including teaching, textile restoration, small business owner, purveyor of books, waitress and cook.  She has toiled at these occupations separately over the years and at times, all at once!  All of this in an effort to sustain her art-making, which remains an activity inseparable from her life.  While pondering mystery in all forms remains central to Linda’s work, she tries not to question what leads her hand and eye too much, but to continue to trust in life and marvel at nature’s ingenuity.

Finding beautiful things on the ground is a favorite pastime.

To see some of Linda’s work, please visit

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