Tine Donahue

Tine Donahue

War Horse
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2013 featuring Seed Beads

Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
My horses, nature, and cultures from around the world.

What medium do you work with mostly?
I work with Delica® beads a lot using peyote stitch, but also do wire work and stringing. Many times I combine a lot of different types and materials.

Why did you become enchanted with this style of jewelry-making?
I started out doing wire work, and use this a lot, but I like the detail and the possibilities that are available using the Delica beads. It is fun to make deigns and then see them come to life as the piece progresses.

Where and How do you sell your jewelry?
I have a site on Facebook (TinesCreations), but mostly by word of mouth.

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

What inspired this design?
I have wanted to make a horse using peyote and thought this was a fun challenge. I love horses and have always enjoyed the Native American culture, so this is the result of that.

How did it come together?
My daughter gave me two wooden horses that she got in Mali. One of them had a broken leg, and I had wanted to bead a horse for a long time so this became the perfect vessel. I sort of planned out the arrows and other designs painted on the pony, but the actual horse patterns developed as I went along. Once the horse was done, I decided to add the beaded blanket, so that was not planned at first.