Meet the Designer-ArtistWhere do you live?
Gold Bar, Washington
Describe your artistic style.
I don't really have a particular style. I try to create pieces that are unusual, pouring my soul and energy into every piece.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Many things inspire me, it depends on my mood. Music, nature and other forms of art and family are some of the things that inspire me.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I don't have a favorite material. I work with several different kinds of materials. Give me a bag of mixed junk and I'll turn it into an interesting treasure.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
My long love of nature and flowers inspired this design. I wanted a challenge so I spent several hours working to create a fuchsia flower using a real flower from my garden as a model.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
This design was planned one piece at a time. I drew a sketch of the design before I started, then added more to it until it suited me.
Share Your BackgroundWhen and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I started beading at about the age of ten, starting with daisy chain necklaces.
Who introduced you to beading?
My grandmother got me started with beading, teaching me how to make daisy chains with seed beads and it just blossomed from there over the years.
Do you have an artistic background?
I have enjoyed arts and crafts all my life; my mother being a cross stitcher, my father being creative mechanic, and grandmothers who are artists.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
I first discovered Fire Mountain Gems and Beads after receiving a catalog in my early 20's from a friend in Iowa.
What other hobbies do you have?
I enjoy gardening, all arts and crafts and singing.
Beading SuccessWhat role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Jewelry-making started out as a hobby, but is slowly becoming a part-time career. It is good relaxation therapy the whole family enjoys.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I attend craft fairs when I can, have a website that's in the works, word of mouth from family is most of my business; my mom and my aunts being my best customers.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I have donated to school auctions/fundraisers, FSH research, and catholic churches.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Never give up! My downfall was not being able to follow a pattern. So I had to come up with my own way of making jewelry by just looking at a picture. I believe you can accomplish anything if you have the will to try and want it bad enough.
View all of Shellie's designs in the Gallery of Designs.