|Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
I live in Spring Lake, Michigan.
Describe your artistic style.
My style is a combination of classical elegance and bold whimsy.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I'm inspired by the natural rhythm of intricate beadweaving. Watching a piece I'm working on come together helps me dream of the next project.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I'm passionate about seed beads. Bags, tubes and boxes of different colors and textures bring me joy.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Montana Blue and Bronze Triad
What inspired this design?
Both designs were inspired by the mix of textures and colors in the Delica® seed beads used to create them.
How did it come together?
I sketched and planned both pieces out before I started stitching them.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I was introduced to beading when I decided to make a rosary for my daughter's First Communion. I went to a local shop in Illinois and asked lots of questions and got great suggestions and advice. Before I knew it I was making upwards of 100 rosaries a year to give away. The more I handled all of the beads, the more addicted to them I became.
Who introduced you to beading?
Robin Weber of Magpie's in Northern Illinois was a great mentor.
Do you have an artistic background?
I've always been ''crafty,'' but I didn't know I could think outside the box or pattern until it just happened one day while I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
I found Fire Mountain Gems and Beads almost by accident. I was looking for rosary parts and my friends at Magpie's suggested I try Fire Mountain.
What other hobbies do you have?
I'm a passionate reader. There are only three things I never feel guilty about spending money on; food, books and beads.
Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
I don't belong to any beading societies or beading groups at present. I am however, a regular at the Creative Fringe in Grand Haven, Michigan.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
I work with beads every single day. If I'm not creating something new, I'm cleaning up my work tray from the last project. I spend upwards of 5 or 6 hours a day working in my studio. The process keeps me energized and enthusiastic.
If you use jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
My website is www.deborahpulosdesigns.com. I attend juried art fairs and I enter contests occasionally.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Any aspiring jewelry-artist should practice, practice, practice until using a stitch becomes second nature. When you stop thinking about how you're putting a design together, your mind becomes free to experiment with color and texture. I'd also advise aspiring jewelry artst to relish their mistakes. If you don't like a design, take it apart and start over. Threading materials are cheap, and reusing beads is the ultimate recycling.
View all of Deborah's designs in the Gallery of Designs.