Saturday, July 20, 2013

Featured Artist: Merle Berelowitz

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins...

I remember the first time I saw Merle Berelowitz's work. One of her collars was featured in the Your Work section of Bead and Button Magazine, and it absolutely knocked my socks off. The design, the colors, the sequins. Oh, the sequins!

(Another one of her collars -- just as stunning.)

Merle shared my love for sequins in bead embroidery, which thrilled me beyond belief. What really impressed me, though, was the way she incorporated them into her pieces. She did it so flawlessly, so elegantly. The sequins stood out without overwhelming the rest of the materials and showed that sequins and beads were meant to be together. I kept meaning to ask Merle to be a featured artist.


Merle passed away a few days ago, and I'm sad for the loss of such an amazing jewelry artist -- the beading world will seem a little darker and duller without her. More than anything, I'm sad for the people who knew her best. I seriously regret not getting to know her better, and I know what it's like to lose someone important.


Merle's passing reminds me of something important. Writing this out, it seems shallow, and it seems like a cliche, but I have to share it anyway. We need to tell the people in our lives how awesome they are and how much they mean to us. And we need to do it RIGHT NOW, because that's the only time we really have. 


It's so easy to get wrapped up in our own worlds, our own lives, our own problems. And of course, these things are important, and sometimes they're pretty darn serious. But as we go about our lives and face down our problems, I'm realizing that we need to take the time to look around and not just see, but acknowledge and appreciate other people.


As I write this, I'm stressed. I'm scared. I have a lot of stuff going on, and I'm not sure how I'm going to get through it all. But you know what? Right now I'm stopping. And I'm looking. And I see you. I see how awesome you are. I see how freaking lucky I am to have you in my life, whether I've only talked to you once or on a daily basis. I'm really glad you're here.

I'm glad Merle was here, too. I'm going to miss her.


Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J. Sequins

19 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this beautiful work and reminders about the things that are important ;)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by to look at Merle's work, Lisa! <3

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  2. It is NOT cliché. I have been telling people this for many years. Tell those you love, admire, respect, how much you do.
    This is a lovely post and yes Merle will be missed.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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    1. Nicole, thank you. <3

      Looking back, there are so many people I never got a chance to be honest with about how much they meant to me. So you're right, it's not a cliche. It's just the truth.

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  3. Wow! Love the mix of sequins and beads. Merle will live on forever, through her artistry and through the people whose lives she touched.

    thanks for sharing her work!

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    1. Isn't her work gorgeous? It's bright and cheerful and sophisticated, all at the same time.

      I like the idea of Merle living on through her work. There's a great quote about writers and how when they die, they're reincarnated as books. I think it's the same thing for artists. <3

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  4. Sarah, do you know how much we love YOU? Your humor, your vision and your personality all come through in your blog. Sending strength to get through your stuff. Know we're all behind you, bringing up the sequin caboose!
    {Hugs!}

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    1. Aww, Dawn! I love you guys, too. *Hugs.* Thank you.

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  5. A lovely tribute to Merle and what is important Sarah, Thank you

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    1. Thank you, Patrick. <3 I'm getting so many amazing comments from her friends and family members. I'm really glad I wrote this post. *Hugs.*

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  6. Beautifully written and a wonderful tribute

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  7. Merle was my BFF and she would have loved this tribute to her...She was an incredible friend, a wonderful mother, a loving wife, and a fabulous beader. Thank you for this article...

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    1. I hope I did her justice with what I wrote!

      I'm so sorry for your loss. The more I hear about Merle, the more I know she was an amazing person. I'm glad you got to know her, and I'm glad you have so many wonderful things to remember about her. *Hugs.* From experience, I can tell you that those things mean the world, and they'll be so important as you cope with her passing.

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    2. You did more then you know......We've all been sharing your post/blog because it is really a wonderful tribute....I sent it to Merle's family so that they can all see it as well. It is very appreciated.

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  8. Life is fleeting, and we are not promised tomorrow. I thank-you for reminding us to care for others, I personally didn't know Merle, but her work is amazing, and from the thoughts of her friends, she sounded like an amazing woman. My heart feels for her family and friends.

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    1. Thank you. <3 My heart goes out to her family and friends, too.

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  9. I just found out this afternoon about Merle. Such a loss to the community. :(

    I so needed to read what else you had to say here today. I have been mostly freaking out for two days now, and not doing anything OTHER than freaking out... and you gave me pause. Thank you - and I see you and I am thankful for you. <3

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  10. You, my dear, are awesome, and I hope you acknowledge that! Your artistry, your words, the way you share yourself here, is a gift to all of us who are lucky enough to read your blog. I am so sorry to hear of Merle's passing. Thank you for sharing her work and her memory.

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