Meet the Designer-ArtistWhere do you live?
San Jacinto, California
Describe your artistic style.
Look at pictures then bead it. If it's a big pattern, enlarge pictures and put it on a graph.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Pattern books are boring, I want to express myself.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Why Mommie: Please Daddy!
What inspired this design?
Hummingbirds feed their babies in the air. Perfect idea.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
Took pictures, lightened background and enlarged. Put graph paper to it and made it.
Share Your BackgroundWhen and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
At 10 years old, I started, but was too busy and started again in 1991 after I was in an auto accident.
Who introduced you to beading?
An old Navajo man visiting his daughter; who thought his work was junk. I liked it, so he taught me.
Do you have an artistic background?
Tool and die machinist with a background in drafting. My father was a wood worker and my mother tatted.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
A friend took me to Fire Mountain Gem's small place in California, which later moved to Cave Junction.
What other hobbies do you have?
Pony of America as my herd of one stallion and six mares. Free-lance photography.
Beading SuccessWhat role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Keeps me moving and emotionally at ease. The looks people give my work help with the sense of loss of not being able to be a tool and die maker.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I walk into stores and sell my items. Or should I say, I walk into stores and my items sell themselves.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
Every cause that has raffles I donate earrings to.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Never give up. Each piece is a dream come true.
View all of Theresa's designs in the Gallery of Designs.