Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
I currently live in Chandler, AZ. I am formerly from the Rochester, NY area.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I'm inspired by many things. Natural patterns in rock, animals and leaves. I also find inspiration in more manmade treasures such as fractals, petroglyphs, Native-American art, African art, Asian art, artifacts from Ancient Europe and the Middle East.
What medium do you work with mostly?
I work primarily in seed beads doing bead embroidery, but also work in wire and polymer clay. I am beginning to work with metal clay and hope to master that medium as well.
Why did you become enchanted with this style of jewelry-making?
Years ago when I was a teenager, while walking through a festival back in Rochester, I remembered seeing a necklace that someone had on display that was entirely all bead embroidery. I puzzled how it was done and decided I would find out so I could do it myself.
Where and How do you sell your jewelry?
I currently sell my Jewelry on Artfire. http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/EnchantedRegalia
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
The name of this piece is Green Fantasy . It took Silver Medal in the 2012 Fire Mountain Gems Metals competition.
What inspired this design?
The focal cab of this piece is malachite cut by a friend of mine. I wanted to honor his work with something special. I adore wire filigree and big sweeping designs.
How did it come together?
I never seem to design on a small scale and very rarely work from a preconceived design or draw out my designs. This design, like so many others, started out smaller and morphed into something much more grandiose. In this case, I laid out the focal stones and the wire seemed to want to just flow into a pattern around the stones in my head. So that's what I did.