|Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
I have an old fashion approach, but also like the more modern styles. I really like Native American styles.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
A colored gemstone. Or a shape, something.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Gemstones and metal.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
For several years I've wanted to work with turquoise, but couldn't afford it, so this year I planned ahead.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
Both, I usually decide on the main center component. Then I start drawing to scale and gather up other pieces.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
As a child, my grandma showed me how to take apart old jewelry and put it back together again.
Who introduced you to beading?
I'm not really sure, I can't remember when I didn't know about it.
Do you have an artistic background?
Yes. Started drawing when I was about four and kept on going. I was water coloring by the time I was 10.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
In the '80s, I got into making Native American jewelry and decoring a skull and a dance stick. I found a Fire Mountain Gems and Beads catalog and ordered.
What other hobbies do you have?
Drawing, painting, sewing, working in wood, etc.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Somewhere in between part-time and full time.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
At present, we have our jewelry at a flea market in Ozark.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Get ready to become obsessed.