Meet the Designer-ArtistWhere do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
Colorful and modern with a touch of ''glam''!
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Anything… fabrics, sunsets, oil paintings, shower curtains, cat's fur designs/color combinations, fashion magazines.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Polymer clay, sterling silver, semi-precious stone.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
Everyone who attended my baby shower brought a bead and a story to go with it, either about their wishes for the baby or where the bead came from. I was so happily surprised! I immediately made a bracelet for her.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
Just picked out a bead from each family member and randomly attached each one. I hope this will become a family heirloom.
Share Your BackgroundWhen and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
Someone bought me a bead kit when I was around 11 or 12 years old. I started making beaded safety pins for my friend's shoes.
Who introduced you to beading?
Not anyone I can remember, I was so young!
Do you have an artistic background?
Yes. I have a bachelor's degree in graphic design. I have also taken several classes in fine arts such as printmaking, oil and acrylic painting, color theory, metalsmithing and drawing.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
Google search a few years ago for beads online!
What other hobbies do you have?
Painting, drawing, designing print business materials, traveling, walking, taking pictures, playing with Baby!
Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
Former member of Beadesigner, International. Left because my job required I work the days they meet and I had a baby. I would like to join those groups again soon.
Beading SuccessWhat role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Part-time career right now, but I dream of having my own studio and working there 20+ hours a week when my daughter gets older.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
Website for now but will do craft fairs next year (I'm scoping out the craft fairs in advance this year to see which ones I like.)
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
Yes, I made a special bracelet for the Alzheimer's Association last year and am designing a new one for next year. My husband's grandparents were struck with this awful disease.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Keep track of your spending and all your receipts. Keeping good books on your hobby, even from the beginning, will make it easier when you start selling more down the road. Take inspiration from everything around you.