Julie Long Gallegos
Gaslight Original Beadwork/Julie Long Gallegos
Julie Long Gallegos's first artistic influences were the natural beauty and fascinating history and architecture of the San Francisco Bay Area. Needle and thread have been in her hand for as long as she can remember, and she thanks her grandmothers, mother, and sister for sharing their superb craft skills. Successful beading captures a place and time; it brings color and texture together to evoke a world.
Gallegos's creations are equally inspired by colors and textures. She first selects a palette of beads, metals, and gemstones—materials that give the same visual thrill as the original inspiration. Next, she creates a drawing in colored pencil, often in several views, to fix the design and determine the type of stitch—flat loomwork or peyote stitch, crochet or in-the-round. The final drawing is the precise pattern.
From her earliest years, Gallegos was encouraged in needlework, drawing, and sewing by her extraordinarily gifted family. She never left her craft completely; a corporate career gave her critical mind time to develop. She came to beadwork in 2005 while restoring a beaded 1920s dress. An autodidact in bead weaving, she is most fortunate to have fine jeweler Boline Strand as her metalworking mentor.
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- Exhibitions & Awards
Contemporary Craft Market, Pasadena, CA, Pasadena Convention Center, 2014
Peninsula Jewish Community Center Art Competition, Foster City, CA, 800 Foster City Blvd, 2014
American Craft Council, Baltimore, MD, Baltimore Convention Center, 2014
Celebration of Craftswomen, San Francisco, CA, Fort Mason Center, 2014
American Craft Council, San Francisco, CA, Fort Mason Center , 2013
1000 Beads, Lark Publications, USA, 2014
500 Beaded Jewelry, Lark Publications, USA, 2012
ARTFirst! Holiday Show, Village Gallery, El Cerrito, CA, 2012