||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
My style can best be described as "classic-elegant." I strive for uncomplicated pieces, balancing out unique beads with simpler ones, often making the more striking beads a focal piece.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Some of my pieces have been inspired by '80s rock songs, such as"Fire and Ice" by Pat Benetar. Others, such as "Bruised," came from a concept of 'black and blue.' Other pieces simply arise from arranging the beads.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I prefer glass, ceramic and stone, but I normally look for unique beads, such as the satin covered bead necklaces often found in second-hand stores (the beads look like miniature Christmas ornaments).
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
I originally was arranging black acrylic and blue glass beads, and it came to me that 'black and blue' often referred to bruises.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
Once I decided on calling it "bruised", I realized that my beads didn't fit, so I swapped them out for the ones you see in the picture. Since the potato pearls and the glass bicones show the colors of a typical bruise when they move in the light.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I fell into this last Christmas trying to turn a polished stone into a pendant as a present for my mother. I ended up buying so many and more tools and beads attempting to make her a suitable gift that I decided to continue.
Who introduced you to beading?
No one, but after I started designing my own pieces everyone who saw them encouraged me to showcase my work, and the bug stuck.
Do you have an artistic background?
My respective skill level varies, but I have sketched, knitted, sewn, embroidered, sculpted, hooked and braided rugs, amongst other things.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
Via an ad in a beading magazine (I forgot which one).
What other hobbies do you have?
Reading, about anything that catches my fancy, whether it be about craft, a lost or nearly lost trade (blacksmithing), philosophy, or technology; I want to learn it all.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
I love beading, and I would probably bead all day and night if I didn't have a house to maintain. I would like to make it my career, but right now I have to get up and running.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I intend to sell wholesale to various boutiques throughout the city, using a web page to advertise. I have yet to enter a contest since most of my stock is bought locally, whether it be new beads or second-hand ones, making my work ineligible for your contests.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I haven't done this, but I intend to look into it since you mention it.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Don't give up.