Trollbeads World Tour: USA

Our neighbours to the South are fortunate to be the most recent stop on the Trollbeads World Tour!  Announced this week are four new beads that will be available for sale only in the USA… Trollbeads says,

“Visit a welcoming land filled with diversity, love and the pursuit of happiness. A place where one can experience energetic cities that never sleep and peacefulness of golden deserts of the old west. And visit the Nation’s Capital, Washington, D.C., home of the iconic White House, where history is made!”
 

The “Pursuit of Happiness”  bead is available in both silver and silver& gold versions, and is sure to be a popular choice… it’s reminiscent of the glass smiley beads that Trollbeads released a few years ago.  The “White House” is a powerful symbol for the US, but rocked as it has been by political scandal over the last few decades, it’s not a bead I would particularly want on my bracelet.  I can see the appeal of the “Old West” cowskull bead, especially if one called the Western States home, or even if one was on holiday in that area.  However, the real star of this collection has to be the “Star Spangled Bead”, with it’s crisp red and white stripes, and perfect little white stars dropped onto each bud, it’s dramatic and a fun interpretation of the iconic US flag.

Hey Trollbeads!  How about a Canadian stop next time around?!  (Everybody likes Canadians, right?)  Trollbeads has already put a few good Northern images in the collection – the “Ice Bear” is very Canadian, and “Jasper” is a spot to visit for any tourist to the Canadian Rockies.  “Labradorite” is named for the Canadian Province of Labrador…  But what kind of images would we like to see in a new Canadian collection?  Perhaps a gorgeous glass that evokes the Northern Lights?  Perhaps an intricately wrought Maple Leaf in silver?  Perhaps one of our distinct animals – a moose, beaver, polar bear, Canada goose or loon… Or maybe an amazing blue glass (think “Earth” – but blue!)  that pays tribute to the three oceans that border our land… and of course, one can’t forget the national sport of hockey?  This last idea would have to be handled verrrry carefully to avoid being silly.

Next time?

C.

Trollbeads World Tour: Africa!

Trollbeads continues on it’s world tour, and today presents us with a collection of limited edition beads celebrating the people and cultures of Africa.

“Dance your way through Africa!
Feel the rhythm of the drum beat as you experience the essence of Africa through her smiling, happy people and vibrant colours.
Drench yourself in her breathtaking wildness and ageless traditions as you meet the king of the beasts.
Welcome to your African adventure
Watch as Trollbeads friends and retailers introduce the World Tour Africa collection in this short film by our South African distributor:
Music: The song “Siki Siki” is from the album “Home” by Hot Water.”

Drum Beat

“In Africa, drums served as an early form of long distance communication, and today are used during ceremonial and religious functions such as dance, rituals and story-telling.”
 

Designer: Søren Nielsen

African Pride

“The male lion is highly distinctive and easily recognizable by its mane. Few animals will dare to challenge a lion, even in periods of extreme hunger, or fighting for territory. Referred to as “King of the Beasts”, lions are popular symbols of royalty, stateliness and bravery.”
 

Designer: Søren Nielsen

Africa

“I am an African. Not because I was born there but because my heart beats with Africa’s. I am an African. Not because I live on its soil but because my soul is at home in Africa. I am an African. For her wildness quenches my spirit and brings me closer to the source of life.
 

Extract from a poem by Wayne Visser (www.waynevisser.com)

Designer: Lise Aagaard

Seed Bead

“Seed Bead” is a generic term for any small bead. Usually round in shape and most commonly used in weaving, but also in simple stringing and in other pieces of jewellery. The colorful, world-renowned Ndebele bead work is a good example of the use of seed beads.”
Designer: Søren Nielsen

These exciting beads are available through South African retailers starting today…

C.

Trollbeads World Tour: Netherlands

Trollbeads World Tour continues on its journey, this time taking us to the Netherlands!

“Welcome to the Netherlands! Travel with us to the Dutch countryside, land of windmills and clogs. Admire the beautiful Sunflower paintings by one of the world’s greatest painters, Vincent van Gogh. Be overwhelmed by the favourite colour of all Dutch people: Orange!”

Clogs

It is a common misconception that Dutch people still wear wooden clogs. Despite the fact that most Dutch people no longer wear ‘klompen’ for everyday use, clogs remain popular among people working in their gardens and on farms.

designer: Tomas Cenius

Orange

If the Netherlands were to be associated with a colour, it would be orange! From the national football team’s colours to ’orange fever‘ during the ’Queen’s Day‘ celebrations. This vibrant tradition stems from William of Orange ’father of the nation‘, and the founder of a new Dutch state.

designer: Lise Aagaard

Windmill

A mill is a simple and valuable tool used in a variety of industries. It can be used to manufacture flour, oil and paint, to saw wood or pump water. A mill can be operated by wind, water, electricity, or by animal or human power. Mills have a great historical-cultural value in the Dutch landscape, they bring nature, industry, and architecture together.

designer: Annabap Logman

VanGogh

Sunflowers are the inspiration for two series’ of still life paintings by the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh is nowadays considered one of the greatest painters of the 19th century, however this recognition came too late – during his lifetime he only sold one painting.

designer: Tomas Cenius

For more information about these or other items, or to purchase Trollbeads please contact us: tartooful@gmail.com   604.924.0122

…or come visit us at 3183 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver.

C.

Thank you!

A huge thank you to all of you lovely Troll collectors who attended our Trunk show yesterday… it was a very busy night, and we weren’t able to spend as much time chatting with each of you as we usually like to do… we so appreciate your patience and happy enthusiasm for the fun of the party!

There are still lots of beads in stock, including Troll Stones, 18k gold, mixed silver and gold, OOAKs, Haiti Beads and the newly released Picasso Jasper.

Please come by if you weren’t able to get to the Trunk Show – and if you were at the show come by for a visit to show us how your bracelets look with your new beads!

C.

10 reasons you can’t miss the trollbeads trunk show

The Little Black Box

1.  Huge selection: Tartooful will be bringing in our largest-ever trunk show order of fresh stock, including lots of gold, mixed silver and gold and precious stones.

2.  Juicy deals: spend $100 and receive a group 1 bead as out gift… Or purchase a decorative clasp and receive a bracelet as our gift.  Either way, it’s the smart time to indulge a little.

3.  Jo Burge, local representative of Trollbeads and Troll guru.  Such a lovely person!  She’ll be there to answer questions & give design advice.

4.  Jo Burge’s “Trunk” of stock samples:  Jo’s bringing her rack of beads along for your shopping pleasure, making the selection that evening even more spectacular!

5.  Sale prices on all other items in-store!  As a big thank you to all our favorite Trollies, we’re offering sale prices on all Tartooful goodies, (excluding art) for one evening only.

6.  Trollies.  The store will be buzzing with lots of passionate Trollbead collectors in attendance.  This is an amazing, accomplished, smart, *fun* group of people, and it always makes for a great evening.

7.  Cristi.  There’s nobody sweeter.

8.  Champagne, Pellegrino and decadent nibbles to tempt you while you play with all the sparkles!  (“bubbles in your glass to go with the bubbles in your beads?”)

9.  The Art of Anne Griffiths – if you haven’t had a chance to come experience her amazing paintings that are currently on display in Tartooful, this is a wonderful time to come enjoy them.  They are gorgeous.

10.  The holidays are lurking just around the corner… At Tartooful we specialize in finding the perfect item for all the “tricky-to-buy-for” folks on your list, so the Trunk Show is the perfect time to get a huge head start at sale prices and treat yourself to a “Little Black Box”, too.

Looking forward to seeing you there:  November 3rd, 2010 from 4 til 8

at Tartooful, 3183 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver.  604.351.5687

C.

Trollbeads World Tour: Denmark

Our First Trollbeads World Tour beads have arrived!  Today we were thrilled to unwrap the Denmark beads, and they really are so beautiful.  “Runes” is a clear,  honey toned amber with chestnut coloured rune markings around the outside, giving it a light feel, with a touch of interest.  The “Designer Troll” is very cheeky – a troll casually leaning on the iconic Egg Chair – but is a must for anyone who is as interested in modernist Scandanavian design.  The real star of the group must be the “Anemone”.  It’s a clear bead with a ribbon of emerald green “grass” waving along deep in its’ depths.  Laid over the bed of green are six little flowers, three creamy white, and three canary yellow.  For anyone who has seen anemones in the Springtime, this really is evocative of a walk in the forest.  If you come in to see this bead, be sure to turn it on its’ side, so that you can see the layers of colour, and how the beads was constructed.

We’re still waiting for our little Viking ships to arrive, but in the meanwhile we just couldn’t resist making up some bracelets to see how the new beads fit in with the rest of the collection….  As it turns out they look particularly wonderful with “Green Shadow”, “Honey Dawn”, “Heart Chakra” and of course other clear golden ambers.  We also mixed in some typically Scandanavian beads, such as “Viking”, “Troll”, “Jugend”, the “Mermaid” and the “Freja Knot” clasp.

C.

Trollbeads World Tour: Germany

The Trollbeads World Tour continues, and today we are introduced to the Collection that honours Germany.

Pictured above are the four newest beads…

The Brandenberg Gate “The beautiful old city gate build in 1791, now located in the heart of Berlin, is today a main symbol of peace and a reunited Germany. Note the little fragment of the wall with the letters FREE on it.”

The Garden Gnome: “25 million in Germany alone, these popular, but controversial little creatures often find themselves in the centre of a heated debate, on good or bad taste? In an act of support The Garden Gnome Liberationists are known to kidnap them and send them on trips around the world!”

The Volkswagen Beetle: “The VW is the classical German car, now sold all over the world. It’s the essence of sturdiness and good quality. Volkswagen means “peoples car” in German.”

The Frog Prince: “…a frog put its head out of the water and said; ”Princess, why do you weep so bitterly?” “My golden ball has fallen into the spring”. The princess answered. “If you will love me.” The frog said. “And let me eat from your golden plate, and sleep upon your bed, I will bring you back your ball.””

We’re already big fans of these new designs… who hasn’t driven a beetle at one time or another? …and the frog is so sweet!

C.

Join Bettina as she discovers the new collection: