Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2010 featuring Seed Beads
||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
Whimsical, fearless and sometimes functional.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Wire, beads, fabric and paper
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
I wanted to make a bird for my garden.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
I had an idea of what I wanted, but as I added beads, I had to strengthen it with solid copper because of the weight. The feathers were an afterthought to add definition. I love the way the light shines through the glass beads.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I saw an article about how to make a gecko out of beads. What followed were birds, butterflies, dragonflies, ming trees, wreaths, baskets and a sitting woman.
Who introduced you to beading?
Do you have an artistic background?
I have no formal fine art education, but have always loved doing crafts, printing and sewing.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
My friend, Paula.
What other hobbies do you have?
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Beading is my hobby. It gives me great satisfaction to create something special. I tend to give my bead creations as gifts created especially for them.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I haven't offered my beadings for sale. I am open to it though, especially by commission.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Be adaptable. What wasn't planned, may be better.
View all of Teresa's designs in the Gallery of Designs.