Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' 2009 Beading Contest
Gold Medal Prize Winner
Category: Briolette and Faceted Drops, Natural and Glass
||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
Eclectic. I try different things. I do prefer what might be called rustic or primitive. A craft look as opposed to manufactured.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Beads, gemstones, colors in nature.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Gemstone beads and "found" things.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
The glorious foliage we see in Southern Indiana each fall.
How did it come together?
When I saw the focal leaf in your catalog, the rest just developed in my mind's eye. I sketched it and followed my plan, more or less.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I am a very small way, since I was a teenager.
Who introduced you to beading?
Tatiana Van Iten, Hanover, Indiana.
Do you have an artistic background?
Not really, although I tried to paint many years ago. I have collected paintings and still own several. Dance was the only art form in which I ever achieved even minor success.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
Tatiana Van Iten.
What other hobbies do you have?
Reading, sewing, listening to music.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Making jewelry is my escape. My husband has Alzheimer's and although I have a helper 9-4 weekdays, I am still more or less house bound 24/7.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
No. This is my first contest.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Dare to make what you like, what you think is pretty, exciting or fun. Don't let mistakes keep you from trying.
View all of Patricia's designs in the Gallery of Designs.