Darlene Boyd

All Eyes on You
Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Swansea, Illinois

Describe your artistic style.
Fun, stylish, quirky and classy.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Life and children! I love the way children imagine and create things. It's wonderful to see how their minds work.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Crystal, pearl beads and marble beads.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
All Eyes on You

What inspired this design?
The people who love attention; this way they will always have eyes on them!

How did it come together?
I did not know what I was going to do with these beads, so I just started trying them out and this was the beautiful result.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I began in December 2011. I was tired of my earrings falling apart after a few wears and decided to do something about it.

Who introduced you to beading?
No one, I did all the research myself.

Do you have an artistic background?
Yes, just in other areas. I am a journalist and a poet so it's another form of art.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
Looking for a wholesale supplier for my business.

What other hobbies do you have?
Writing, dancing, reading, movies, brain teaser games.

Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
No, but I would like to!

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Jewelry-making is my full-time career; I have an online store called Sweet October. I feel great after I finish a piece and see the beauty that I have created. Sometimes I am shocked how good the piece really is.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I have a website, and I do personal sales. I also do jewelry parties.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I will be doing pieces to raise awareness for the need of food and clean water in underdeveloped African countries.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Dare to be different, and do what it is you like to do. If you decide you want to sell your jewelry, don't be discouraged, the customers who respect your art will come to you.