|Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Art Nouveau, Art Deco and natural forms.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Beads, fabric, gemstones and dyes.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
DaVinci's Secret Garden
What inspired this design?
Leonardo DaVinci wrote, ''that amethyst was able to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken the intelligence.'' Amethyst is magical! As well as religious.
How did it come together?
The shape was planned, but the design is freeform.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I started about 30 years ago embellishing my blue jeans and shirts. It was cheaper, and I made bracelets.
Who introduced you to beading?
No one; I like collecting beads.
Do you have an artistic background?
I have a lot of arts and crafts hobbies and a BA in art illustration.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
A friend at work gave me a Fire Mountain Gems and Beads catalog.
What other hobbies do you have?
Silk painting, photography (digital) and digital illustration.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
It's good to make things by hand. But frustrating when not perfect. It's just a hobby for gift-giving.
If you use jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
No, not for income. Too time consuming. No website. I do go to bead shows and I have only ever entered Fire Mountain Gems and Beads contests.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I donate pieces for fundraisers at work.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Just keep creating. Study other artists.
View all of Jacqueline's designs in the Gallery of Designs.