Meet the Designer-ArtistWhere do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
I like the classic design; simple not ornate. A piece that can be worn and not ever go out of style.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Past periods in history. Nature's colors. Especially the earth tones. Mixing colors you might not ordinarily put together.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Metals, semi-precious earth-toned stones, wood, bone, colored glass.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
A piece of metal work shown at a museum exhibit.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
I shaped the main pieces of the cut sterling silver and then textured them with a hammer. I next laid them out with other materials until I found the right combinations and the right way to tie them together. I started with a vision of a shape in my mind's eye and improvised as I worked.
Share Your BackgroundWhen and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I began working with jewelry about 10 years ago. I would buy jewelry and decide I didn't like them or the way they were put together. I'd take them apart and completely redo them, planning as I went along.
Who introduced you to beading?
I am self-taught. I haven't been too happy with workshops - too many students and not enough time to work on projects.
Do you have an artistic background?
Not really, although I've always been interested in art, always enjoyed museums and craft fairs. I am a retired registered nurse. I worked for almost 30 years in nursing specializing in geriatrics. My mother was a gifted oil painter and crafter.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
Can't remember for sure, probably in a magazine or online.
What other hobbies do you have?
Reading, gardening, playing the piano, camping and fishing, spending time with my husband and family.
Beading SuccessWhat role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Jewelry-making started out as a part-time hobby. I then began selling my pieces at bazaars and at local stores. Making it a business would be nice, but our part of the state has been hit hard by our poor economy, and buying jewelry just is not high on the list for most people these days.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
My husband and I are still doing bazaars and markets. I've also sold pieces on consignment.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Be sure to take time to really enjoy what you're doing. Take pleasure and satisfaction in the fact that you are making something uniquely you and beautiful.
Cecile's design, Silver Twist was a finalist in the 2009 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest.