Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2010
featuring Seed Beads
||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
Images from nature using tiny seed beads and I also weave tapestries.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Glass, seed beads, small gemstones and wood (for tapestries.)
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
How did it come together?
I sketched out a basic idea and looked at photos of swallowtail butterflies and flowers. But then I just started beading and let the design flow.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I learned basic jewelry making (metalsmithing) in college, but the beading started with an idea for jewelry. I then had to figure out how to put my idea into form.
Who introduced you to beading?
Again, I saw an image in my mind of these nature based necklaces. Then I was self-taught and had to figure out how to put the images in my head into form.
Do you have an artistic background?
Yes, although I didn't finish art school. I have been a self-employed artist all my life.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
I really don't remember. I have been shopping with you for over 10 years.
What other hobbies do you have?
Gardening, reading, weaving (I weave tapestries full-time, so it's more than a hobby.)
Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
The Etsy Beadweavers Team.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
It is the way I peacefully end my day. Most evenings, I sit and do beadweaving as a way to unwind and relax. I do have an Etsy store, but I guess it's more of a hobby.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I have an Etsy store. This is the first contest I have entered. I am thinking of ways to branch out from just Etsy. www.annbooth9.etsy.com and www.annboothtapestries.com
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I taught polymer clay beadmaking last summer at a Bahai conference. I'm very involved in community activities, but not much with jewelry. I'm on the human relations board, secretary of our Bahai group and vice chairman of the York center Bahai group.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Enjoy the process. Keep learning. No matter how much I learn, there is still more.