Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2010
featuring Seed Beads
||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Minnesota in Summer, Arizona in winter.
Describe your artistic style.
Colorful, simple (not plain), often symmetrical, always trying new and more challenging deisgns.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I see possible designs everywhere I look: nature, fabric patterns, books, artwork, jewelry.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Gourds, Delica® beads, beeswax.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
The design was a work in progress. I started with the wooden castle, covered it in beeswax and did the terrazzo floors first, then the towers and finally the outside.
How did it come together?
When I planned the order of work, the design evolved as I went along.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I started beading bracelets (peyote spiral rope and little princess) during the winter of 2004, while living in an RV park in Arizona. In 2006, I started beading gourds.
Who introduced you to beading?
A friend I met at the RV park.
Do you have an artistic background?
Not really. Over the years, I have done a lot of counted cross stitch, crocheting, etc. but only now in retirement, have I created my own patterns.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
Once again, the Fire Mountain catalog was at the RV park. It did not take long to get my own copy.
What other hobbies do you have?
I enjoy decorating gourds, crocheting, counted cross stitch and general crafts.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
It is mostly a hobby, but I have been able to sell enough pieces to stay in the black.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I sell my creations by word of mouth, mostly. I also have pieces at a consignment shop in Minnesota. I have entered contests and won first and second places.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I have donated pieces of my work for silent auctions and such.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Have fun. Make unique pieces, one of a kind, listen to your customers.
View all of Kitty's designs in the Gallery of Designs.