Fire Mountain Gems and Beads'® Contest 2009 Swarovski crystal Category
Where do you live?
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?
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
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
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?