|Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Describe your artistic style.
I don't really have a specific style. I allow my mind to wander and go from there.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I am inspired by things in nature as well as colors, geometric shapes, movement... lots of things.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I very much so enjoy working with seed beads. Lately though, I have been enjoying working with pearls and Swarovski crystals.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Rainbow Falls Necklace
What inspired this design?
I went to Hawaii two summers ago and visited some waterfalls. They were enormous! One was 150 feet tall. The waterfalls had rainbows cutting through them. It was beautiful. I wanted to capture these wonders in a piece of jewelry.
How did it come together?
I started with the general idea of a rainbow with clouds. I wasn't quite sure how to make that happen, but the details worked themselves out once I began.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I began beading in second grade. I worked with seed beads on a loom. From there, I let my imagination go wild.
Who introduced you to beading?
I first saw someone beading at a craft fair. It was a man doing loomwork. Shortly thereafter, my mom tried out beading as a hobby. She made a couple bracelets and was done. I, however, took interest and she taught me how to make a bracelet on a loom.
Do you have an artistic background?
I've been making art since I was a small child. My parents always encouraged it. Through the years I've done everything from painting and drawing to beading, dancing, singing, tile work, photography, and metal construction and casting.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
I saw ads in Bead and Button magazine.
What other hobbies do you have?
I love to dance. Swing and modern mostly. It's a fantastic outlet for self-expression.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Jewelry-making has gradually been becoming more and more a part of my life. I usually work on projects at least 3 or 4 times a week. A few years ago it was just a hobby. Now I am realizing it can be much more than that. I eventually hope to make a career out of it.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
As of right now, jewelry-making is just a very small amount of income. I have been to a couple of craft fairs, and I am opening an account on Etsy. I have plans for a website, but that may not be for a while.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I haven't yet, but I would like to. I'd love to see something I love to do go towards helping people.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
I actually consider myself an aspiring jewelry-artist. I'm only 21 and have a long way to go. But, to my peers I would say, don't be afraid to do what you love. Follow your dreams, and they will take you places.