Tatjana Andre

Tatjana Andre

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2011 featuring Gemstones


Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Winter Park, Florida

Describe your artistic style.
I like to do thematic, volume products. The selection of materials and colour scale occupies a lot of time, but ornaments turn out magnificent.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Travel, historical films, art exhibitions. Sometimes all begins with one unusual bead, a stone or simple button. Especially interestingly when the idea born is embodied in a head in a life. To me so much time was necessary to be surprised, how in beading are combined absolutely uncombined materials and colours.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I like to embroider with small beads to work with Czech beads and gemstones. As I use felt and textiles.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Province of Italy

What inspired this design?
All has turned out spontaneously though creativity Leonardo da Vinci always interested me. Not only his pictures, but also his inventions.

How did it come together?
I have seen a material with the image of fragments of pictures of Leonardo da Vinci. The monochrome image has helped me to choose colour scale. It has turned out frostily but with shine.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
To do jewelry of beads and stones I had begun couple of years ago. And now this is a serious hobby.

Who introduced you to beading?
I have always been interested in painting and art. And that's how I once saw a friend's bracelet. Having examined it closer, he was the gossip of Swarovski crystals. I'm not a fan of jewelry but this bracelet was amazing. So I decided why not try it. On the Internet I found online lessons plus my imagination. Eventually, I learned a lot.

Do you have an artistic background?
I have finished college design of a fashion and art studio.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
Online searches.

What other hobbies do you have?
Paint a picture. I like to read and look at historical novels. I love it is tasty prepares for the husband and the son. I go in for sports.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
I have constantly to develop any product. This helps to distract from the routine and developing imagination. It is also a good way to make gifts for holidays for close friends. I still do not earn it but I had accumulated so much jewelry that I'm thinking about selling.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I make jewelry to order, clients are through the familiar. The truth seldom, as my jewelry volume enough and expensive. I participate in competitions and I wish to be realized as the designer. Simply to do a cheap beads not for me.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Beading is an amazing thing. You can start with the history of beads. This art developed independently in different countries. Beads are used to make incredibly fabulous things. Try it! You will not regret!

View all of Tatjana's designs in the Gallery of Designs.

What inspired you to donate your bead(s) to Circle of Hope?

Cancer is very real and personal. I lost my loved ones, because of this illness. However, there are wonderful examples of people surviving this illness, in particular breast cancer. It is a difficult process to deal with alone, but it is becoming easier now with the world coming together to find a cure.