New Mexico Quarter Horse Fly
Mi Casa es Su Casa
Employee's Choice Award Winner
2009 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest
Where do you live?
Silver City, New Mexico
Describe your artistic style.
Eclectic, fanciful, quasi-realism, definitely NOT minimalist.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Humor/puns, visual jokes, life, beauty, color.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
All kinds of glass and stone beads and cabochons, wood, colorful and sensual materials, found objects.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
New Mexico Quarter Horse Fly--a horse sculpture covered in beads and New Mexico quarters with wings, built on a "found object" base.
What inspired this design?
The found object seemed to echo the form of a rearing horse. Puns/word play on a horse and New Mexico Quarters. Quarter horses are famous in New Mexico.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
A combination of the two ways of working. I had a basic, general idea, but the actual piece developed as I worked, eventually taking on "a life of its own."
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I began using beads in late 2002.
Who introduced you to beading?
Cheryl Mallet of Silver City
Do you have an artistic background?
B.A. in Fine Arts, Sculpture. Reed College 1975 and 34 more years of continuous art-making.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
My first beading instructor, Cheryl Mallett had your catalog and encouraged me to buy beads and supplies from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads.
Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
Silver City Bead Society.
What other hobbies do you have?
"Rockhounding," gardening, swimming, reading.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
I do not bring in income beading, but I do beaded artwork almost every waking moment I am not "at work." Art is my lifework and my first priority.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I do all the things listed above - my art work is large and expensive and difficult to sell--at least in New Mexico. I am horrible at self-promotion.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
Yes, from time to time. The New Mexico Quarter Horse Fly is for sale to raise money for medical care for a 19-year-old boy who is crippled from a bad fall off a bull during a competition.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Do it and do it and do it! And always have fun doing it. Do what you like doing-not what you think you should do because other people do that and are "successful."
Mi Casa es Su Casa, was selected as the Employee's Choice Award in the 2009 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads beading contest.
View all of Dagny's designs in the Gallery of Designs.