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"Premio Fondazione di Venezia for Venice Glass Week 2023"

During "The Venice Glass Week" held from September 9 to 17, 2023, Minako Shimonagase's exhibition "Fiori di Vetro - Glass Flowers, Beaded Flowers" at the Mocenigo Museum was awarded the Best Exhibition.
"After inheriting the Venetian Bead Flowers from Giovanna Poggi Marchesi in 2019, Shimonagase expressed gratitude for the support from Italian and Japanese associates. She aims to spread and blossom this wonderful Venetian-origin art globally."
The collaboration with Italian bead flower artist Benedetta Gaggia also garnered attention during the event.
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Coloring Hearts and Lives with Bead Flowers

Bead flowers are an Italian craft that threads 2 mm glass beads through dedicated colored wire, and tailoring each petal and leaf to its final shape.
Each glass flower is uniquely hand-made with beautiful luster and free design. It is also possible to create three-dimensional bead flowers by combining various techniques.
The beauty and artistry is highly appraised and beaded flowers can be produced for a wide range of life settings from seasonal flowers to wedding bouquets.
The world’s first bouquet made of luminous beads is a must-see.




Encounters beaded flower in New York in 1989, and begins lessons. Publishes "Kurashi wo Irodoru Beaded Flower" in 2004 and portfolio "Candy Garden no Sekai" in 2009. Establishes the Japan Beaded Flowers Association in 2011, and takes the role as chairman. Exhibits works in 2016 World Art Dubai. Recipient of multiple awards such as for the Swarovski’ s Design Contest and the Beads Biennale Awards. The creator of the world’ biggest beaded flower “Cherry Blossom of Hope” with three million beads. A pioneer of beaded flower in Japan.