Debra Boyle

Celebration of Autumn
Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Lawrence, Kansas

Describe your artistic style.
Unique and eclectic, sometimes edgy.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Mother Earth with her wonderful gemstones, crystals, and metals, classic rock, people I love and people I have yet to meet...

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Semi-precious stones, mixed metals of all types.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Celebration of Autumn

What inspired this design?
Fire Mountain's carved carnelian butterfly, and I adore carnelian!!

How did it come together?
My pieces always define and ultimately title themselves.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I am 46 and have been making jewelry since the age of 10!!

Coincidentally, that was the first year of Fire Mountain's existence... hmm...

Who introduced you to beading?
Myself, rock collecting led to reading about jewelry and I began creating after that.

Do you have an artistic background?
Yes, my mother was a gifted artisan in oils, inks, and she was a musician and poet. I inherited all of this from her, except the musical part... I can't carry a tune in a tin bucket.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
As a teenager, through a craft ad, I can't remember where now. I have been a loyal customer ever since.

What other hobbies do you have?
Writing in my journal, stargazing and baking.

Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
The Kansas Etsy Team who promotes Kansas Artisans that sell items on ETSY.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
It occupies a large part of any given day, I create almost constantly. In my 10 years of doing this professionally, I have yet to repeat a design. I sit and the pieces flow forth, just as my poetry does, and I obey this ''urge'' without question. Lol. My jewelry pieces come forth already designed, if that makes any sense. I love the wonderful spontaneity creating brings.

If you use jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I sell my pieces in my new shop on ETSY and I attend local craft shows several times a year. I've been up and running now three months with ETSY, and l am amazed at the responses and kind words on my work.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I have designed pieces for local silent auctions that are charity based.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Follow your instincts, create freely and make what you think is beautiful, the rest will fall into place for you if you work hard on your dreams.