Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2011 featuring Seed Beads, Glass or Acrylic
Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
Micro-macramé is an art form akin to sculpture because it is three-dimensional. The work plane evolves under my fingers from the cords, netting, and the knots, which are formed into a desired shape. I use silk, nylon, hemp, and cotton thread combined with a variety of semi-precious stones and beads.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I know what influences me: the work of other beaders and macramé artists, such as Tatiana Van Iten, Joan Michaels Paque, Fran Stone, and Diane Fitzgerald and the desire to feel like a princess. Yes, it sounds childish, but when I hear compliments from friends about my necklaces, I feel special, and this is probably what drives my desire to create yet another piece. It is similar to creating an alternate reality filled with beauty and perfection.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Semi-precious stones, seed beads, and Swarovski crystals.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I learned macramé in the 80s and enjoy micro-macramé and beading as a hobby. I work with disadvantaged children and see a lot of unhappiness in their lives. My beading is meant to counterbalance the misery and grief in this world.
Who introduced you to beading?
Do you have an artistic background?
I am a speech therapist.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
Through online store and Bead and Button magazine.
What other hobbies do you have?
Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
Indiana Bead Society
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Yes, I am a hobbyist. It sounds childish, but when I hear compliments from friends about my necklaces, I feel special, and this is probably what drives my desire to create yet another piece. It is similar to creating an alternate reality filled with beauty and perfection. Sometimes, the ideas come to mind when I am reading an article for work, and I start drawing on the article itself. Then, a few months later, when I return to the article, I discover my drawing and think, "Wow, that's a great idea, I should really make this." It's a great feeling, when I have more ideas than I can possibly implement. I hope this feeling never goes away.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
This is my Etsy shop. I also participate in Indianapolis studio showcase: http://www.studioshowcaseart.com/
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I have made jewelry to support the Indianapolis Zoo.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Let your imagination soar.
View all of Tatyana's designs in the Gallery of Designs.