Where do you live? I live in the Klamath basin, Southern Oregon
Describe your artistic style. A native background, with a little Victorian flair, free spirit and no rules attitude.
What inspires you as a designer-artist? I am very inspired by creating a piece for each individual and making only one of a kind jewelry sets. I also think my native beliefs inspire me for different pieces. One of my buyers said that she felt I put a lot of my spirit into each piece. What a compliment!
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Turtle Creek Sunset
What inspired this design? My inspiration for this necklace was inspired by one of my friends who bought it for his daughter who loves turtles.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working? This piece was defined by one of my favorite totems, and my favorite colors. All the pieces seemed to accent each other.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? I had always made native regalia for my family, but my son came to see me and gave me a beaded gemstone piece he made, that I just love. So I give all my thanks to him.
Who introduced you to beading? My aunt, she would take small hoops, weave gold thread and beads into a dream catcher web.
Do you have an artistic background? Yes, my mother was very creative, and my father could weave baskets.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? Fire Mountain Gems used to be located on a highway that I used to travel, and I would also see their advertisements in my craft magazines.
What other hobbies do you have? I like sewing, wood crafting, photography, painting. I sometimes have to step back and stick to my main artistry or I become too spread out.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? The income I make from my jewelry helps with the little extras when you are on a fixed income. Designing jewelry provides me a lot of positive creativity. It gives me so much spiritual inspiration to create each individual piece and keeps me in a very positive energy mode.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? I am The River Child on Artfire.com. I also do the local Potato Festival, this is one of my best sellers, and I have some pieces at the Favell museum front shop in Klamath Falls. Make it and wear it!!
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers? I have donated items for teenagers in foster care and I have donated jewelry for an auction that made money to help a family.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? You will never know unless you start, and the more you practice the better you will get. I love to go by the no rules attitude, I think this gives me more inspirational freedom.