Meet Maria Rypan

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A beadwork designer, artist, researcher, teacher, and publisher, Maria Rypan’s work has been featured in many beadwork publications. Since 1995 she has taught beadwork classes internationally at bead shops, societies, shows, retreats, and at museum bead exhibits

Maria’s beading specialty hails from her Ukrainian roots. From that tradition she shares her expertise in netting beaded collars, as well as unique beadweaving and loomwork techniques. On her website you will find free resources as well as patterns to purchase.

The necklaces below are advanced and popular netted collar designs. Colourways and choice of bead types give these projects endless customization possibilities.

On the left, above, is Maria’s Multi-Twig Chip Cascade. And on the right is Maria’s Sedona Kilim, a one-of-a-kind piece created for the Toronto Bead Society’s Bag of Beads Challenge in 2000.

Maria also teaches Ukrainian loomwork, which shares a kindred spirit with North American Indigenous beadwork. The similarities and differences were featured in a joint exhibit hosted by Toronto’s Ukrainian Museum of Canada  in 2020, and co-presented with the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. Check out the virtual presentation at The Spirit of Beads: Sharing Our Stories

Her kit instructions and books are so clearly written and illustrated that it’s not hard to learn how to make one’s own piece of wearable art.

“Beadwork is a miniature work of wearable art,” says Maria, and she shares that her greatest joy comes from simplifying complex patterns for new students and witnessing their “aha” moment

The bead goes on… Cathy

2 thoughts on “Meet Maria Rypan”

  1. Beautiful woman . I can see just in your picture beautiful inside & out . I’ve always loved beading as a child teenager, I’m 65 live in Connecticut. I’m a 3 time cancer survivor , no boobs but that’s ok. My last surgery was 2016. 3 weeks I became a grandmother best day of my life. Scarlett.
    She lost her Daddy when she was only 19 months old. My son Sean my only child I lost him Oct 15, 2017 he was only 27. How I pass my time other than my Scarlett, I make jewelry beading. Honest it’s my therapy. I also visit the woman’s cancer center twice a month. I have been in their chair and I totally understand what they are going through. I bring in bracelets, and small kits for them to bead with me. They have more fun. I love to see them happy. I thank Emma Devost for introducing me to your site.. Rough few months but I’m starting to get into beading. Sometimes 12 to 13 hrs a day . So that’s my story. I look forward to getting to know you. Emma is really crazy over you . You told her group you are the sweetest. Thank you to whoever took a few minutes to read 🦄🤗

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your story Nini, you truly are an inspiration to all those going through hard times. I’m happy you have found a therapy in beading, it is easy to lose yourself once creations and projects start to come together. Emma is lovely, I don’t get to meet many of my wonderful customers so I am lucky I had the opportunity to drop her order off to her. Take care & stay safe. Cathy

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