Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2011 featuring Gemstones
|Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Binghamton, New York
Describe your artistic style.
Classy with a touch of quirkiness.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Color, texture and form.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Medium/large cabochon gemstones enhanced with #15 seed beads.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Ode to Mother Nature
What inspired this design?
Each stone tells a story with its unique colors and patterns. I tried to enhance their earthy qualities.
How did it come together?
It started as semi thought out and then finished itself.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
About 3 years ago, a friend made a necklace and it inspired me to learn and take classes.
Do you have an artistic background?
Yes, as a musician and educator. Visual and textural arts have evolved out of the need to be creative.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
Through my first jewelry-making class.
What other hobbies do you have?
Trumpet performance, tole painting, sewing and power walking.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Jewelry-making is a necessity to help bring out the ideas that swirl around in my brain! Currently (due to time), this is a hobby that I would like to evolve into a career in the near future.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
This is my first contest and I marvel at all of the beautiful pieces that others have created!
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
As a public school educator, participation/teaching is an ongoing event.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Enjoy what you choose and let it evolve. Purchase the best/right tools to make the process successful.