Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2010 featuring Pearls, Organic Beads or Kato Polyclay™
||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
Simple, to reach a bit of all ages.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I try to play with shapes and shades of color.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I love working with reflections, for example mother-of-pearl, shiny metal, crystals, silver-lined seed beads.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Pearl of Dew
What inspired this design?
Indian legends fascinate me. On the internet, I discovered a website showing how to make a dream catcher. I am inspired by the legend that the spider's web must capture the first rays of sun that can be seen on the morning dew. This explains the name and pearls scattered around the spider's web.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
The website gave an outline that I completed with decorative accessories and beads.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I stopped smoking in 2007 and my doctor advised me to do something with my hands. Having visited some exhibitions, I started making jewelry.
Who introduced you to beading?
I've always had a taste for jewelry. Also, I also participate in exhibitions.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
By searching the internet.
What other hobbies do you have?
I like searching on the internet
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
This is a part-time hobby. I can feel better about myself from the comments by visitors and/or buyers.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I participate in 5-6 exhibits a year, and I have a couple depositaries. I am selling almost at cost in order to pay expenses and renew my inventory.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
Yes, I have already supplied parts for sale to benefit charities.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
All of the "creators" have different tastes something which may appeal to one but may not please the other. It is important to be yourself and have confidence in your abilities.