Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2012 featuring Seed Beads
||Meet the Designer-Artist
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
To me, inspirations often come from unexpected sources and at unexpected moments. So, I keep my eyes open, and my sketch book and iPhone (because it's the best compact digital camera I know) handy.
What medium do you work with mostly?
Beads, fibers, textiles, jumprings, and Swarovski crystals.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
It is inspired by the glamorous things people wore in the 1920s in general, and Daisy Buchanan (a character in The Great Gatsby novel) in particular.
The shape is based on an evergreen leaf.
I chose the shape because it symbolizes Jay Gatsby's constant adoration and unrequited infatuation towards her.
And, to convey the glitz and glamour of the Roaring Twenties, I made the headpiece as sparkly and opulent as I could. I did it by using nothing but sterling silver beads, silver-lined bugle beads, gleaming Swarovski crystal pearls, extremely shiny fire-polished beads, and 24kt gold-plated beads to embellish the piece.
How did it come together?
I created it for a Great Gatsby-themed editorial photo shoot.
I had a general idea on how I wanted the headpiece to look like; but, as usual, I kept on improving my original idea as I was working on the piece.
Why did you become enchanted with this style of jewelry-making?
The moment I started playing with them. I've been sewing, beading, and creating various types of jewelry and accessories since I was in elementary school.
Where and How do you sell your jewelry?
In my online shop (www.angelica-brigade.com) and through a few independently owned boutiques.