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Winner of People's Bead 2018

Linda Kucina, Latvia

"I have a bucket list of dreams and goals and seeing the Northern lights was on the list. Last September, I went to Tromsø in Norway together with my friend, and luckily we saw very beautiful dancing Auroras two nights in a row. I made a lot of photos, but the camera sees the lights differently from the human eye, so the photos did not really show what we saw."

"I wanted to encapsulate my memories into something tangible, but representing the colours closer to reality, so I did several acrylic paintings of the lights playing in the sky over Tromsø. When this year’s People’s Bead contest was announced, I cropped one of my paintings to a bead shape and decided to participate just to tell myself that I have done all I could do to get the bead I wished for."