Tina Hobbs

Tina Hobbs

Queen of Hearts
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2013 featuring Seed Beads

Shell Rock Castle

Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Chattanooga, Tennessee

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I'm inspired by the architecture of the places I would love to travel to, the colors and shapes of the materials I'm working with, as well as, personalities of people close to me.

What medium do you work with mostly?
I began my jewelry making career with wire wrapping, but now I am more focused on bead embroidery.

Why did you become enchanted with this style of jewelry-making?
I fell in love in with bead embroidery because I love unique, handmade, special jewelry. The pieces of other talented artists that inspired me to start designing were so detailed and beautiful. Once I started making it, I was hooked.

Where and How do you sell your jewelry?
I have a shop on Etsy at http://www.etsy.com/shop/TinaHobbsJewelry

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Shell Rock Castle

What inspired this design?
This design was inspired by the swirls of gold, brown, and green in the paua shell cabochons. I envisioned a jeweled underwater castle, and used my cabochons as a guide.

How did it come together?
I planned my design to a certain point. Once I'm comfortable with the outline, I like to begin beading and just see what happens or what looks best.