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Jewelry Artists

Naoko Kawakita

Cherry Blossoms in Bloom
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2012 featuring Swarovski crystal
Gold Medal Grand Prize Winner
Category: Wedding and Holiday

Pyrite Delight

Nests in the Garden
2009 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest
Bronze Medal Prize Winner
Category: Wedding

Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Bellingham, WA

Describe your artistic style.
I like to do wire work with pearls, Swarovski crystals, gemstones, sterling silver and gold filled.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
My own imagination and creativity inspire my designs.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Sterling silver, gold filled, pearls, gemstones, cubic zirconia, Swarovski crystals.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Pyrite Delight

What inspired this design?
I was inspired to make something happy that could be worn in a spirit of celebration.

How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
I knew that I wanted to use pyrite and crystal. The design just came together as I began to make it.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I started beading ten years ago. It was an activity offered at my daughter's middle school.

Who introduced you to beading?
One of the moms at the middle school taught me how to bead.

Do you have an artistic background?
No, I just enjoy beading!

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
My friend told me about Fire Mountain Gems and I went online and found it to be a wonderful website.

What other hobbies do you have?
Watercolor painting, making cards, knitting and playing the piano.

Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
Yes. Allied Arts of Whatcom County.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Making jewelry is very relaxing for me. It's my part-time career, but I enjoy it so much I would do it as a hobby.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I sell my jewelry at www.ririjewelrybynaoko.etsy.com and at local shops.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I donate some of my profits to charity.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Enjoy it!

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