Norma Jean Dell
|Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
I live in Louisville, Tennessee. It is located very near Knoxville, Tennessee.
Describe your artistic style.
I love playing with structure in my beadwork. Many times I will just start playing with different beads with no specific idea in mind. I let the beads lead me in many different directions!
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I like to play with shapes, putting them together to form something new and different.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
My favorite materials are seed beads ... the tinier the better. I combine pearls and crystals with the seed beads for that added bling and sophistication.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
How did it come together?
Goddess Tears came about as I was playing with a scalloped design. I like the idea of a backward scallop.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
In my life before beading, I was a kindergarten teacher, who moved quite frequently. After my last move, I decided to retire from teaching and needed a hobby and activity where I could make new friends. I took a peyote class and was instantly addicted. I have now been beading for five years and love it!!
Who introduced you to beading?
My first beading teacher was Gail DeLuca the owner of White Fox Bead Studio. After becoming addicted, I have had many teachers including the masters, Diane Fitzgerald, Cynthia Rutledge, Sherry Serafini, Huib Petersen, Laura McCabe, and Marcia DeCoster.
Do you have an artistic background?
I wish now that I had an artistic background, but alas, I don't.
What other hobbies do you have?
I love to read and do so every chance I get. Boating is another big hobby that I enjoy with my husband. We travel quite frequently.
Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
I belong to the local chapter of the Embroidery Guild. I also belong to the North Georgia Bead Society.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Beading is my life! It has helped me get through some very stressful times, including my husband's cancer. Beading is a way of letting my mind go and releasing my creativity and problem solving!!
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I currently have an Etsy shop where I concentrate in selling my instruction packets for my original design. It is njdesigns1.com. I also teach classes in Tennessee and Georgia.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Keep beading! Mistakes are learning processes that will advance your knowledge and skills. Don't be afraid of mistakes! Keep asking yourself, "what would happen if ...?"