Princess Bride Fire Mountain Gems and Beads'® Contest 2009 Swarovski crystal Category Finalist
Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live? Salem, Oregon
Describe your artistic style. I enjoy working with natural gemstone beads. I have no special style, just whatever comes to me.
What inspires you as a designer-artist? Smiles and people
What materials do you most enjoy working with? Crystals
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Princess Bride
What inspired this design? A dream--three days in a row
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working? I had a picture of it in my head
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? False start in 2000, and then seriously when I was struck with breast cancer.
Who introduced you to beading? My best friend
Do you have an artistic background? I have been a painter for years, but it was too much prep and clean-up.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? A friend told me about Fire Mountain Gems and so I started ordering there.
What other hobbies do you have? Painting, reading and music
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? Making jewelry and having people wear it makes me happy. I have made some money, but it is more a hobby.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? I have attended a couple craft fairs, had a few jewelry parties and have a couple during the holidays.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers? I am having two jewelry shows and the proceeds are going to a family fighting cancer.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? Have fun!