Laurie Leonard

Laurie Leonard

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads 2009 Beading Contest


Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Jeannette, Pennsylvania

Describe your artistic style.
Funky, whimsical, fun.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Color, texture.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
My own artwork--I love beads and shiny things.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Checkered Tree

What inspired this design?
I love the sunset behind a winter tree and had to paint it (watercolor.) It reminds me that winter can be beautiful. I found that antique French postcard written with pen and ink didn't even care what it said. I was happy when I finally got it translated.

How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
I planned the checkered tree around the beads and the vintage brass finding on top.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I have been a watercolor artist for 20 years and started making jewelry about 2 years ago when I discovered a way to preserve my artwork under resin.

Who introduced you to beading?
I have been an avid collector of antique Art Deco jewelry for over 25 years and am very inspired by that style. I've done beadwork since I was a child.

Do you have an artistic background?
Yes, I was one of those kids who wanted the giant box of crayons.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
Through friends.

What other hobbies do you have?
Painting, collecting antique jewelry and various other antiques.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
I do jewelry-making full-time and show my work at art shows and in galleries.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I donate work at shows to various charities.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Do your own thing! The fun part is creating something different out of your own imagination!

View all of Laurie's designs in the Gallery of Designs.