Describe your artistic style. Design and make soft sculptured beaded dolls.
What inspires you as a designer-artist? Everything!
What materials do you most enjoy working with? Beads, I love to mix and match, especially when combining with matching fabrics.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Steampunk Sage
What inspired this design? The urge to use the steampunk theme with watch parts, beads, charms and fabric.
How did it come together? There is always a start plan but as the doll and beading progress, the character of the doll becomes more defined and the final result is my favorite so far!
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? I have been working with beads for over 40 years! So far, a lifetime! But the beading of soft sculptured dolls has been going on about 11 years. Just thought it would be something fun to do and use up those creative "juices."
Who introduced you to beading? I used to ride my bike to this cool bead store in Saratoga, California and peruse the trays of beads.
Do you have an artistic background? Took some art classes in college, but mainly self taught.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? Picked up a catalog years ago when the company was located in Cave Junction, ordered some beads. Love having a local bead company in our Southern Oregon area.
What other hobbies do you have? Reading and gardening.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? I haven't yet been able to make a living wage from my beaded dolls. So it is more a hobby and something I like to do in my spare time, instead of cleaning the house, ha, ha! I get excited with new ideas, frustrated when the thread gets knotted and thrilled when people like my work.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? No current website, my items are in two stores and I have done craft fairs.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers? I have done some demonstrations in the past and donated my dolls for college scholarship fundraisers at Crater High School.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? Keep on beading!