Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2010 featuring Seed Beads
Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live? Hoevelaken, Netherlands
Describe your artistic style. All-round.
What inspires you as a designer-artist? Everything and everyone and I love the Victorian era, flowers and butterflies.
What materials do you most enjoy working with? Metals, Miyuki, Toho, Czech beads, Swarovski, pearls and gemstones.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Ladybugs in the Spring
What inspired this design? Spring
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working? It was made for a seed bead contest here in the Netherlands with a spring theme. I had an idea to make some kind of wrist corsage and I started with the flower and then it was growing under my hands. Members of the jury were Sherry Sarafini and Heidi Kummli and I won the first prize, an autographed book of Heidi and Sherry.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? In 2003 I had a workshop and then I became obsessed with beads
Who introduced you to beading? My dear friend Miranda
Do you have an artistic background? As a child I was continuously busy with drawing and painting. It now helps to bring ideas in my head on to paper, to make it visual.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? Bead and Button magazine
What other hobbies do you have? Soap making
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? It is my full-time career and there is not a day gone by without playing with my beads. I also have a website were I sell beads and homemade soap to make decorative soapchains as an accessory for the home.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? I have a website www.sanniesieraden.nl were I sell my jewelry and I have a website; www.zeepjesenzo.nl were I sell my beads and homemade soap.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers? I donated jewelry to the cause www.sieradenvoorhetgoededoel.nl/ for mortally ill kids, they make the dreams and wishes of these children come true.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? If you really want something, dreams can come true!