Melanie Dohoda

Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Boston, Massachusetts

Describe your artistic style.
Mixed media, eclectic, organic, insightful and driven.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
The beauty and fascination of it all. Every time I finish a necklace I am amazed that bits and pieces of color with patina, texture, shape and volume is what I'm looking at.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I have not come across a material I do not like. Everything has its place and it is my passion to find it.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?

What inspired this design?
It all started with the brass beads. They were wonderful and told a story of finery long before electricity.

How did it come together?
As with most works, the beads tell me what they would like to be but I do lay out the beads before I start. This helps develop ideas and check the materials I am using.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
About five years ago my mother came downstairs with boxes (and I do mean boxes) of beads. She set them down in front of me and asked if I could do anything with them. I have not stopped since.

Who introduced you to beading?
I've always loved jewelry and I used to make silver jewelry. The fateful introduction was from my mother.

Do you have an artistic background?
My earliest memories include artistic adventures that grew in to a life-long experience.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
When I first started it was the source that people kept mentioning over and over and now I do too.

What other hobbies do you have?
Oil painting and digital imaging software.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Jewelry-making is the first thing on my mind in the morning and that last thing at night. I do my best thinking while beading and I often resolve my problems and develop more creative ideas than I'll be able to complete in my lifetime.

If you use jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I do sell my jewelry. Word of mouth and craft fairs are my mainstays and are backed up with some solid network. I've also had the pleasure of meeting new customers when they comment on what I am wearing. I've sold jewelry in elevators, restaurants, on buses...

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I have participated in several fundraisers. I have made donations of my work and my skills. Mostly for local concerns.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Follow your heart and be adventurous.