What inspires you as a designer-artist? Things I see in nature.
What materials do you most enjoy working with? Glass, stones, crystal, pendants.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Orange Retro Necklace
What inspired this design? I really love retro which is popular right now. Especially the sixties and seventies.
How did it come together? Well, I really like to use contrasting colors with retro pieces. I choose a green to really make the orange pop and stand out. I will basically start from the center and work my way out mixing colors until I get a satisfactory result. I usually have a vision in my head, but have to see it laid out first.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? I started when I was a child as a hobby and furthered my talent by creating my own design.
Who introduced you to beading? Myself
Do you have an artistic background? Yes, my mom paints and I have a degree in Graphic Design.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? Online
What other hobbies do you have? Cross-stitch, reading, crochet.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? Right now I sell part-time and would like to go full-time. It makes me happy and my stress goes away when I am creative. Makes a huge impact on my mood, lifts my spirits.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? I am on Etsy.com; my shop is called Paradise Chic. I hope to enter a craft fair soon.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? Follow your dream and don't give up if you want to make it. It takes patience and persistence, but you will get there. Ask other jewelers how they started and for tips. They will be glad to help.