Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2010 featuring Glass
||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Describe your artistic style.
I do lots of different things, but I really like Victorian and Gothic Victorian styles.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Looking at other people's jewelry inspires me a lot. I like looking at their different styles and seeing how they use different beads and things in their designs. It makes me want to create something just as beautiful and original. Some other things that inspire me are pictures, colors, clothes and sometimes other cultures.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Pearls, ribbon, all kinds of pendants and chain are my top favorites. There are many more but I don't think anyone would want to read a list that long.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
The beads. I saw the pearls, the wire-wrapped beads and the chain and I knew I had to find a way to put them together. This bracelet was the end result.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
I had the basic design in mind when I started, but as I started working the design changed a bit.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I was 11 years old when I started beading. One day, randomly, my mom bought some beads to play around with and I've been addicted to beading since.
Who introduced you to beading?
My mom. She doesn't make jewelry herself but she bought the beads that got me hooked.
Do you have an artistic background?
I've never had any formal schooling but I've always been drawn to arts and craft type things. I've done cake decorating, scrapbooking, drawing and lots of other random crafty things through the years.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
My aunt introduced me to Fire Mountain Gems. She also makes jewelry and she told me about Fire Mountain Gems a few years ago.
What other hobbies do you have?
I love reading, hanging out with friends and family and almost anything crafty.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
It's a hobby/part-time career.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I usually do a craft show every year and I have a shop on Etsy.com (www.bijouterieboutique.etsy.com) I also entered my first contest.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I haven't yet, but I would love to do something like that.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Don't do drugs!! Oh, you mean beading advice? Be willing to learn and improve your skills. It's really cool to see how many things you come up with and design when you know how to do more things. Also be adventurous and try styles or use beads that you normally wouldn't. You might find something you really like in the process.