What inspires you as a designer-artist? My inspiration began with medical alert jewelry; it is so hard to find a nice piece of jewelry that also doubles as an alert for your particular medical condition. I have dilated cardiomyopathy, never heard of it until I was informed I had it! During my recuperation period I began playing with jewelry and making different styles from wire. I learned to crochet wire, created many necklaces, bracelets and body jewelry.
Lately I have been creating memorials honoring favorite pets. I have partnered with a friend who works with animal shelters and with each necklace or bracelet sold a donation goes to the shelter to help animals in need.
I would love to be able to do this for a cardiomyopathy group, unfortunately none exist in US. If I find one I will do the same with them if at all possible.
What medium do you work with mostly? Silver-plated chains, links for chain maille and beads, I especially love lampwork beads. I also work with epoxy/resin for photos in bezel cups. I wish to be able to work more with gemstones, sterling silver and stainless steel. Gold is just a dream at this time.
Why did you become enchanted with this style of jewelry-making? It makes many people who love and have lost a pet feel so very special to have a memento/keepsake of their pet. I have many interests and many styles I work with; when it strikes me I make it.
Where and How do you sell your jewelry? firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? For the Love of Pets
What inspired this design? The loss of a beloved pet in August 2013, Queen was 9 when she was diagnosed with cancer. It took her away in two weeks’ time.
How did it come together? I defined it as I was working on it. Each piece I make comes together as I construct it; no two pieces are the same.