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Sharmini Wirasekara

Publications & Exhibitions


Permanent Collections   Her work is included in the permanent collections of the following

The Henry Ford's Glass Collection, Michigan, USA

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA


Selected Exhibitions (since 2000)

2022 | Wings and Stings, Museum of Beadwork, Portland, Maine, USA

2022 | Reclaimed, Ruup and Form, London, UK

2021| Craft Council of BC - Earring show”, CCBC Gallery, Vancouver

2020 | Ornamentation in the age of Corona – MASKS phase two”, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

2018 | MAD Collects: The Future of Craft Part 1, Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), New York, USA

2017 | World on a String , Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

2016, 17, 19 | Glass Auction and Gala, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, USA

2012 | Glass Jewellery Exhibit, Mostly Glass Gallery, New Jersey, USA

2012 | Bead Invitational, Pismo Gallery, Denver, Colorado, USA

2011 | Through the Looking Glass, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver

2010 | Beyond Glass Galerie Elena Lee, Montreal

2007, 08, 09, 10 | SOFA (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art), New York, USA

2007, 08, 09, 10 | SOFA (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art), Chicago, USA

2004 |TEXTiles, Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver "Eastern Expressions", Craft House, Vancouver

2004 | Bead Dreams 2004, Bead & Button Magazine, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

2004 | Bead International 2004, Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center, Athens, Ohio, USA (Traveling exhibition to 2006)

2003/04 | Canadian Handmade Products, Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan

2003 | Between the Narrows, North Vancouver Arts Council, North Vancouver

2002 | Convergence 2002, Hand Weavers Guild of America, Vancouver

2001 | Origins, University Womens Club (Hycroft), Vancouver

2000 | Solo Bead Exhibition, Foyer Gallery, Squamish

Publications To view more information about each publication, please click on year and title.

Glass Roots ignites and builds the creative and economic vitality of greater Newark through the transformative power of the glass art experience. Click to view the full interview

Studio Magazine Sharmini Wirasekara

Sharmini Wirasekara features her art in the Spring/Summer issue of Studio Magazine. Click here for your own copy

"Showcase 500 Art Necklaces" by Ray Hay Hemachandra and Chunghi Choo, published by Lark Books, features lovingly crafted pieces from renowned jewellers from around the world, including pieces by Sharmini Wirasekara. To view this book on Amazon. Click here

Masters Sharmini Wirasekara

"Masters: Beadweaving: Major Works by Leading Artist" by Carol Wilcox Wells and Ray Hemachandra offers readers a glimpse into the versatility, innovation, and inspiration of master crafters. Interested readers can purchase a copy of this book here.

"Sharmini Wirasekara won 1st place in the third annual Bead Dreams competition by Bead and Button for her work "The Maya". Want your own copy of the magazine? Buy it here.

"The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka featured Sharmini Wirasekara's beadwork in an article in 2005

The October 2004 of Bead & Button magazine features the winning work of Sharmini Wirasekara. Purchase a copy here.

The October/November 2004 issue of Beadwork magazine features the stunning works of art from some of the pieces included in the Dairy Barn Art Center's Bead International 2004 Competition, where Sharmini's work was also included.

500 Beaded Objects: New Dimensions in Contemporary Beadwork by Carol Wilcox Wells and Terry Krautwurst celebrates the amazing evolution of beadwork from a simple craft to expressive art. Interested readers can get their copy here

Fiberarts Design Book #7, edited by Susan Mowery Kieffer features the work of 550 artists from around the world. Interested readers can get their copy here

In this issue of Bead and Button magazine, Sharmini Wirasekara shares her step by step process of how she makes one of her intricate peices.

This is an eclectic collection of contemporary silk painting, features the work of 77 artists, including Sharmini Wirasekara. Interested readers can by their very own copy here

Creative Silk Painting features dozens of inspiring projects and techniques with instruction on easy-to-use new dyes.

Fiberarts Design Book #5 by Jan Janeiro, Jack Lenor Larsen, Ann Batchelder, and Nancy Orban showcases the creations of textile artists working in all fiber and fabric media.


2013 | “London International Creative Competition” (LICC) – Winners Short List

2004 | "Bead Dreams 2004" – Non Wearables Category – 1st Place

2002 | "Convergence 2002" – Honourable Mention