Poppyfield Bead Company, New Mexico’s premier seed bead destination, changed hands on November, 30, 2010. Margo Field, bead master and long time store owner, has passed the torch to Julia Hecht.
In 2002, life pushed me (hard) onto a path of personal healing. Creating beauty “one bead at a time” has been a touchstone for me ever since. As a physician, I devoted years to helping others to heal. In 2009, I left my medical practice, in order to offer myself the same gift. In 2011 I opened a retail bead shop, Poppyfield Bead Company.
Julia L. Hecht
Poppyfield Bead Company is the vision of bead artist Julia L. Hecht. After leaving her career as a pediatrician, Julia found “good medicine” in helping others “cultivate beauty one bead at a time”. She was introduced to seed beads at Margo Field’s Poppy Field Bead Company in 2002 while recovering from complications of childbirth. In 2010, Julia purchased Margo’s shop, relocated it, and rebirthed it as the Poppyfield Bead Company. Julia has been published in Lark Books’ 500 Judaica, and Bead and Button Magazine. Julia is known for her bold and unique color combinations in her seed bead jewelry and Judaica. She enjoys teaching her designs and especially loves showing beginners that “they really CAN do it!”. Julia was born and raised in and around New York City and has lived in New Mexico since 1995. She continues to both heal and be healed through beads and art.
Wendy’s love of beading started when she walked into Poppyfield Bead Company in 2011, and felt like she’d come home. Wendy is known for her patterned kumihimo rope designs and has had her designs published in Bead and Button Magazine. She enjoys teaching, helping customers choose colors, and experimenting with the newest beads on the scene. She’s a New Mexico native and before she took up beading, she had a storied career as a software developer for PNM.
Elizabeth oversees Poppyfield’s day-to-day marketing efforts — promoting our latest products through both social media and Poppyfield’s online Webstore. Having spend a majority of her lifetime with the frenetic pace in Silicon Valley, California she moved to New Mexico looking for a calmer lifestyle. Though she has a solid technical background, her true love is for the Arts — an artist herself, she’s made a living at creating and selling her own handmade artisan glass beads and jewelry. Poppyfield is a dream come true for Elizabeth, perfectly joining both her technical skills and her love of creativity and the arts!
Jessica Bailon is Poppyfield’s newest team member. Jess grew up in New Mexico, and has also enjoyed travel abroad. Jess considers herself a budding artist. She has bead artists in her family, and she herself is also drawn to wire-working and steampunk. Jess looks forward to exploring beading and learning how to help others with their own beading challenges. Her co-workers look forward to enjoying what Jess comes up with in her future creative endeavors.