||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
Fun and unique pieces.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
My inspiration is keeping people smiling through jewelry!
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I love to work with metals, antique pieces, pearls.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
This is an inspiring piece because it is so elegant!
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
This design is an antique brooch that I got at a local flea market. I refurbished the piece and made it into a pendant.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
2010--when I was looking for jewelry for my destination wedding, I was having trouble finding pieces that were simple but fun. And the pieces I did find seemed to be too expensive. I decided to see how hard it would be to make my own jewelry and I have been hooked ever since.
After I decided to start making my own jewelry, I began thinking about my style. I love the elegance a piece of jewelry can bring to a look. Beads just add so much color and fun to an outfit.
Do you have an artistic background?
No--I work in Accounting.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
When I was searching online for reasonable but different pieces, I stumbled across Fire Mountain.
What other hobbies do you have?
I love to go running, go out to dinner with friends and to read a good book.
Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
No, but would love to join some day!
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Jewelry allows me to have a hobby outside my normal job. I get a creative outlet through making jewelry! I find it to be a great stress reliever, too!
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I do have a website www.destinationdiva.biz and I have also applied to be in a few jewelry shows and craft fairs in the future. I also applied for an emerging artist contest.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I have not, but I plan to.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
If it is what you like to do, then do it!!