Where Fairies Dance Necklace
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2010
featuring Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain
||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
Free, flowing, movement, unstructured.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I try to capture feelings and emotions. I like colors fading into each other, like rainbows and sunsets.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Turquoise, crystals, sterling silver wire and charms, pearls, seed beads.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Where Fairies Dance Necklace
What inspired this design?
I had done a pearl necklace once with pearl strands woven through loops and I wanted to try something similar with wire. The design morphed from there.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
I actually had a plan, but the finished design turned out much differently then I imagined.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I started with simple stringing and angel jewelry about ten years ago. Then on a long trip home from Pennsylvania after visiting relatives, I picked up a Bead and Button magazine featuring Sherry Serifani's bead embroidery and started doing more intricate things, so I guess you could say that I was inspired by her awesome work. After bead embroidery I tried pin weaving and wirework and anything else I could discover.
Do you have an artistic background?
I've created things since I was a child and have always loved designing and making things work. I took a design class in college, but mostly learn from books, magazines and experimentation.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
They were advertised in a beading magazine I was reading.
What other hobbies do you have?
Designing and sewing clothes, designing and drawing holiday yard signs and pictures for my children's karate dojo coloring contest, creative homeschooling (five kids--two still in school), scrabble, silk ribbon embroidery.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
It is an all encompassing hobby that often keeps me awake at night with another great idea that I am compelled to complete. I would like to sell more and plan to teach classes in the future.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I go to craft shows around Christmas time (Christmas in November, etc.). I also sell to friends, family and acquaintances. I like to enter contests and the West Texas Fair.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
No, but I probably would if the opportunity arose. Actually, some other ladies and I made and sold simple necklaces for a church fundraiser.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Read lots of books and magazines and look online for other jewelry-artists (my favorites are Sherry Serafini and Eni Oken). Look at the work of winners in contests, such as Fire Mountain's. Whenever I get discouraged and think I'll never be as good as someone else, I just think, "I'll keep doing the designs that God has given to me to do."
View all of Vicki's designs in the Gallery of Designs.