||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Nature, color and form botanicals.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Varies by project, but seed beads (15/0) usually for detail and intricacy.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
Had the idea to incorporate larger marquise-shaped beads and buds in this case faceted lepidolite.
How did it come together?
I actually sketched this piece first, something I rarely do. Small details crystallized as I was planning the structure makeup.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
Saw miraculous beading at a Christmas craft/artisan show and saw a class signup sheet--more affordable!
Who introduced you to beading?
The class was through Walnut Creek Leisure Arts Program in California. The instructor is D. Jeka Lambert--Beautiful things!
Do you have an artistic background?
Yes. A degree in graphics illustration from San Jose in California.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
Recommended by our instructor. Now I live 20 minutes away since moving to Oregon in 2007.
What other hobbies do you have?
Gardening, sewing, volunteering. I work on Rogue Winter Fest, a holiday extravaganza that benefits the three major mental health/children and family organizations. I read at the elementary school, sew and knit/crochet for in-need mothers, whatever comes up that I find a passion for that meets my talents.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
I could bead forever and not run out of ideas--or beads. I have not sold anything but make gifts and auction donations.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I won the Silver Grand Prize Medal in 2008 at Fire Mountain Gems and firsts and seconds for two years at the Alameda County Fair.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
Have donated a number of pieces, Rogue Winter Fest last year as I mentioned and to the Rouge Valley Classic Chevy's Car Club, a non-profit charity-based club in Grants Pass, Oregon.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Stay open to the flow of your work--focus less on counting and more on what makes it look right. Use a needle threader! Keep your mind's eye open to possibilities, found objects and unexpected color combinations. Be free.
View all of Susan's designs in the Gallery of Designs.