Describe your artistic style. My own style. I enjoy using different beads, sizes, shapes and colors. Mixing them to make something extraordinary.
What inspires you as a designer-artist? Spring days with flowers blooming, detailed paintings, seeing beadwork techniques and trying to learn them and combine them.
What materials do you most enjoy working with? I enjoy working with seed beads and beads no larger than 6mm. Delicas are my real favorite, particularly for beaded tapestries.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Springtime at Midnight This is my first piece entered in your contest.
What inspired this design? I looked through some bead magazines. Seeing a unique necklace with spring flowers and having just learned St. Petersburg leaf. I found the instructions for the flowers. Then I made the first ones and I ended up changing how many beads to change size and removed crystals to give them a different look. I worked a way to attach them together and was very pleased with my finished product.
How did it come together? There was no planning. Once the flowers were finished, the way to attach them was just putting them together. The attaching design was a last minute thought.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? I did cross-stitch when I was younger. One day I was looking for some beads for a design. From then on, instead of cross-stitch, I would bead it.
Who introduced you to beading? No one really introduced me, I just kind of fell into it on my own.
Do you have an artistic background? I had art classes in school, tool drafting design in college. Most of my beading I learned on my own or online.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? Through the bead magazines and the internet.
What other hobbies do you have? Hand stitching, gardening and hanging out with my husband and kids.
Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups? Yes, Highland Lakes Bead Society in Marble Falls, Texas.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? It is a full-time hobby. It is a good way to de-stress for me. My kids also enjoy doing some beading with me.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? I go to local craft fairs and vendor shows. I also keep my beadwork at a local motorcycle shop.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers? I donated to a couple of local programs, as well as a Christmas market here in town for books and teaching kids to read.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? Don't ever give up. Keep working on whatever art you choose and you will succeed on all aspects of it.