Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2009 Swarovski crystal Category
||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
I create my designs from nature. Sometimes I create my designs randomly from the materials I have and then evaluate it to the elements of nature.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Nature inspires me.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I use beads in almost all of my jewelry designs. The color and variety of beads added to my metal emphasize, the beauty of my work.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
"Love" inspired me to make this design. The color red, in beauty and the connections of different segments in the design relate to the relationships in love and life.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
I thought about it in my mind. Did some sketches, placed all the required material and looked at it, changing the placement a couple of times, and finally came up with the design.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
Started making jewelry (metal) in 2005.
Who introduced you to beading?
My mother introduced me to beading.
Do you have an artistic background?
I started painting when I was 10 years old, but I called myself an artist only after I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
My friend Ann introduced me to Fire Mountain Gems.
What other hobbies do you have?
Painting, ceramics, computer art, printmaking, photography, metalsmithing, cake decorating, knitting, crochet, stained glass, engraving, embossing, macramé, candle making, card-making, basket weaving, chip carving, wood burning, etc.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Beading is my stress reliever. I enjoy beading, designing and playing with beads in my hand. I teach basic beading, beadweaving, wire jewelry and bead crochet classes. I also taught metal smithing classes at the University of Wisconsin Lacrosse. I also sell to friends and at the workplace.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
No, I don't have a website. I attend one or two craft fairs in a year. I do enter contests.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Look at nature to inspire your jewelry designs--color, contrast and placement, much more in nature. Note down the ideas in your journal.
View all of Sailaja's designs in the Gallery of Designs.