Describe your artistic style. I love designing with pearls and crystals, as well as Delica beads. My Delica patterns have a heavy African influence, because I grew up there, and have always loved the different cultures and wildlife.
What inspires you as a designer-artist? Everything around me--I see patterns in most things.
What materials do you most enjoy working with? Crystals and pearls
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Art Deco Fish bracelet
What inspired this design? I love Art Deco and I wanted to make a design of something that was not immediately obvious to the eye.
How did it come together? When I started drawing fish, the rest of the design just fell into place.
Share Your Background:
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? I started about four years ago when I went to visit family in South Africa. I bought a Zulu-style bracelet and decided to take it apart to see how it was stitched.
Who introduced you to beading? I taught myself.
Do you have an artistic background? I paint in watercolors, I do silk and leather painting and I carve designs on ostrich eggs and turn them into lamps.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? The site was recommended by a friend.
Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups? I belong to various Yahoo beading groups.
What other hobbies do you have? Painting, reading, hiking
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? Beading relaxes me, but also keeps my brain creative. At the moment, I can only do it part-time because I help my husband run his electrical business.
If you use jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? I have my own website to sell my bead patterns.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers? I occasionally donate patterns when asked, for charitable causes.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? The only limit to creation is imagination.