Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2010 featuring Crystal
Silver Medal Prize Winner
||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
I can't take claim to a specific style. I work on a series and then move to another. Examples: raffia bracelets, kumihimo weaves, Celtic knotting.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I am an intuitive artist. I start with one idea in mind and let the design grow whichever way it wants.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I mostly work with pearls. The stringing material varies: coconut fibers, raffia silk, some silver.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Design Idea BB0Y Necklace
What inspired this design?
I created a kumihimo rope that was so long and redundant and had to think of a way to shorten it or liven it up.
How did it come together?
Definitely not planned. But as soon as I crocheted the rope, it clicked. It looked like a pearl lace.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
The past five years, when I moved to Miami with my husband.
Who introduced you to beading?
No one. I am self-taught. Little did I know, there were classes online. I discovered that this year.
Do you have an artistic background?
Which seems a lifetime ago, I was a signature member of three national watercolor societies.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
I was searching online for an item and found Fire Mountain Gems carried many items I needed.
What other hobbies do you have?
Drawing and cooking.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
It is a Zen to me. I work 60 hours a week. It is my future career. I have yet to make any money.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I do have a website: www.pearlweaver.com. This was the first contest I entered.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Do it for the enjoyment. If you make a mistake, do it over again and again as long as you are having fun. This is how you learn.