Fiesta Del Noche Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2010 featuring Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Finalist
Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live? San Antonio, Texas
Describe your artistic style. Whimsical. I majored in illustration and have worked as a graphic designer for 30 years. Throughout my career, my sense of humor sustained me and my work.
What inspires you as a designer-artist? I grew up with a grandmother who sold Taxco sterling and with the rise of James Avery's popularity. I see a lot of their influence in my style.
What materials do you most enjoy working with? Metal clay, wire, glass and natural stone.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Fiesta Del Noche. Piñatas are a part of many celebrations in Texas. Later in life, I found out that a seven point star represents the seven deadly sins, but mostly Piñatas mean party, fun and candy!
What inspired this design? Mexican silver as well as the Latin culture of San Antonio. I also like versatile pieces that can be mixed around for different looks.
How did it come together? I have made ''swags'' to go with various pendants I create; a beaded necklace without committing. The Piñata pendant evolved after a couple of attempts.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? I started watching my grandmother fix jewelry; then came the 60's and beads; and finally about eight years ago I discovered metal clay.
Who introduced you to beading? Simple stuff with friends. Then I learned peyote in a workshop. Now I teach beading in a volunteer organization providing skills to low-income women.
Do you have an artistic background? Yes--BFA from Pratt Institute.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? My aunt told me and I'd seen the ads in magazines.
What other hobbies do you have? Art purses, over the top cigar boxes, and I sing in a rock band (Perfect venue for major jewelry).
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? Part-time career that I hope to grow to full-time.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? Website and home shows by invitation (actually, pretty open invitation). Some small craft shows.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers? I donate to House of Neighborly Service and Mission Road Development Center. And I've been teaching beadwork to low-income women for 10 years.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? Make it, wear it, sell it off your neck and hand out cards to everyone; you never know.