Meet the Designer-ArtistDescribe your artistic style.
Who inspires you as a designer-artist?
Tatiana Van Iten, Judy Walker, Laura McCabe
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Natural materials, seed beads
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
The Necklace of a Mermaid
What inspired this design?
Children's story of mermaid princess.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
I combined my favorites in this necklace, shells and cultured freshwater pearls. I composed this necklace with the five cabochons, seed beads, cultured freshwater pearls, shells, cylinders and Czech glass beads. I made rose flower beads from polymer clay.
Share Your BackgroundWhen and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
When I was a silver clay instructor, I was interested in beadwork.
Who introduced you to beading?
My friend taught me off of a loom.
Do you have an artistic background?
Bridal contest 2009 and silver prize in the Be Naturally Inspired Design Contest 2009 in Japan.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
When I bought a Bead and Button magazine I found the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads website.
What other hobbies do you have?
Swimming and scuba diving.
Beading SuccessWhat role does jewelry-making play in your life?
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I hold individual shows.
Keiko's design, The Necklace of a Mermaid, won the Gold Medal Prize in the Pearls, Natural or Created category of the 2009 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads beading contest. Zoom in for a detailed view in the Gallery of Designs.
View all of Keiko's designs in the Gallery of Designs.
What inspired you to donate your bead(s) to Circle of Hope?
I was inspired to donate my necklace because I thought that I would like to carry out that I can do something to breast cancer.