East Meets East Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' 2010 Jewelry-Making Contest featuring Gemstones Finalist
Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live? Maryland
Describe your artistic style. Eclectic.
What inspires you as a designer-artist? I am inspired by the unique and the unexpected.
What materials do you most enjoy working with? Unusual beads and findings.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? East Meets East
What inspired this design? The beads are called Blood Dragon Jasper and I have a collection of dragons--so I had to make something! I always make sure that my designs have something unique about them--either that they can be converted into something else--or that there are 3 earrings instead of 2... or... or... just a little something to make sure that each design is truly a 1! of a kind... (P Bari Design)
How did it come together? I planned to have several different Asian inspired elements... and then I let them ''talk to me'' and I ''listened'' :-)
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? I began making jewelry 8 years ago. Then another friend suggested I make pendants for sale and I was doubly hooked!
Who introduced you to beading? I went with a friend to a watchband making class--and got hooked! I began to look for other ways to bead.
Do you have an artistic background? I have written for pleasure and publication, and dabbled in creating music and art.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? Recommended in a jewelry making class--Fire Mountain is now my resource of choice. I look forward to the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads catalog the way some look forward to chocolate!
What other hobbies do you have? I just started making metal jewelry/cold connections.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? It is the joy of my life. I can spend hours making necklaces, bracelets, earring, beading frames... you name it. It is the way I de-stress.
If you use jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? I have a website (pbaridesigns.com) and have infrequently attended craft fairs in the past. The first contest I have entered is the Fire Mountain Gems 2010 contest.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers? I have donated jewelry to an auction for a non-profit community organization.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? Rely on your own creative wisdom and incorporate your own joy and whimsy into your work. It will feed you as you feed it.