Describe your artistic style. Native American, South West, or similar style.
What inspires you as a designer-artist? The stones and the person it is made for.
What materials do you most enjoy working with? Gemstones.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? The First of the Three Sisters
What inspired this design? My oldest sister. Her favorite colors are blue and yellow. So I started looking through my Fire Mountain catalog and this was what jumped out at me and so I made my three sisters their necklace and earrings from the same elements.
How did it come together? I always plan and lay out my necklaces first on a beading board.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? I started making jewelry about eight years ago, when I found the Red Path.
Who introduced you to beading? Myself, I have always loved Native American or South West jewelry. One day 8 years ago I told my husband that I could make jewelry and started making it.
Do you have an artistic background? Not really.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? My friend in Mississippi told me about Fire Mountain, she is also a jewelry designer and was an Art Professor.
What other hobbies do you have? Loom beading, reading, camping, playing music and spending time with my family.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? It started as my hobby. For seven years I gave away everything I made. Now it brings in a little extra income. It de-stresses me.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? Most everything I make is custom-made for someone I know.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers? Yes, made and donated a necklace for Relay for Life.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? If you like it someone else will too.