Martina Nagele was a “needlework girl“ throughout her youth and explored a lot of techniques like knitting, crochet, counted cross stitch, silk painting, and so on. In 2006 she discovered beads. Beads? BEADS!! It was like someone had opened a door to a new, exciting, colorful world. She started with bead crochet and quickly conquered numerous off-loom techniques.
Meanwhile she is a well-known designer in Germany, famous for her “ideas with a twist”, that often provide a quite easy solution for seemingly difficult problems. She was featured in Perlen Poesie
magazine and published several designs there. From 2010 to 2012, she was officially working as a technical editor and translator for the magazine.
Grown up in Bavaria, today she lives near Germany’s former capital Bonn, which by coincidence seems to be a crystallization point of the German beading scene. Between designing, editing, and working at her 9-to-5 job at a bank, she tries to find the time and teach at local bead stores. Besides teaching her own designs she has been assisting and translating for several international bead artists. She offered beading workshops at the BeadArt Fair 2011 in Hamburg and since 2012, she has been successfully teaching classes at the Bead&Button Show.