Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
I live in the beautiful San Jacinto Valley in Hemet, California.
Describe your artistic style.
My artistic style is what I call "Modern Fusion" ... I love to draw inspiration from the past ... and "morph" it into a beautiful work of heart ... rich and alive in brilliant color and subtle hues. I love to take the wisdom of ALL peoples elders, and combine traditional with modern ... old with new ... fusion!!!
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Nature. Beauty. Texture. Color. Eloquent words. The sand beneath my feet, the wind blowing through my hair. The wrinkles on an older person's face. Waves of the ocean. Rain. Rainbows ... All creatures great and small, Native American's long braids--woven with pride. Beautiful, old buildings. Fire and Ice ... The world.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
My favorite materials to work with are seed beads--shiny, satiny, pearly, rainbowy, glossy, tiny ... all of them! I also love the sparkle of Swarovski crystals, the natural patterns of gemstones polished to display their perfection.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
I submitted Turquoise Pathways in 2011. I was SO proud that my barrette was chosen as The Silver Medal prize winner in the 2011 contest featuring gemstones! This was my first entry and my first "win" in such a large and prestigious contest. I immediately felt the inner "need" to challenge myself to attempt to create a "masterpiece" for Fire Mountains next year's contest, and began working on Sacred Fire , which I proudly submitted for the 2012 Seed Bead contest.
What inspired this design?
Turquoise Pathways was inspired by the beautiful piece of turquoise. I wove meandering paths around it to create links between our past and our future ... between the wisdom of our elders and the dreams of our children.
Sacred Fire was inspired by Laura Mears beautiful Indian Warrior, and Indian Maiden. I enveloped these beautiful cabochons, each in an individual blue blanket, symbolizing their individual sorrows, before they "Unite as One" at "The Sacred Fire." One the couple are married, they discard their individual blankets for a wedding blanket, which is white, with a red stripe woven thru it, to remind them to "always follow the good red road."
How did it come together?
It created itself ... I was simply the tool that helped it come together.
Once I won my silver medal in 2011, my confidence level rose immensely! I "surfed the net" more and more, seeking inspiration and knowledge from many fantastic jewelry designers. I found much inspiration in all the wonderful photos of jewelry on the Fire Mountain website.
I bravely entered--AND WON--several other bead store contests ... and, with my "winnings," I was finally able to bring Laura's precious Indian Maiden and warrior home with me, and began creating Sacred Fire .
With every contest that I win, I try to use my "winnings" to further broaden and expand my beading "stash," and my ever growing repertoire of techniques. I challenge myself to try for more and more creativity, and to perfect my techniques, as well as create new ones!
I am very honored to have been accepted into "The Battle Of The Beadsmith" 2013. This is a worldwide event, which can be followed on Facebook, which was created by Steven Weiss, "In an effort to create more awareness of some of the incredible bead artistry being executed by bead masters worldwide, I thought it would be fun to set up a beading "tournament" where original works can be viewed, shared, and celebrated both by the participants, and the beading public alike." I feel honored to now be included in the category of "bead master!"
Who introduced you to beading?
Do you have an artistic background?
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
What other hobbies do you have?
Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I can also be contacted at Seemecreate4u@hotmail.com for custom orders.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?