||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Describe your artistic style.
Art-to-wear, one-of-a-kind and treasure necklaces. Sometimes asymmetrical, sometimes Southwestern.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
The actual stones themselves. I love rocks!
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Turquoise, lapis lazuli, Thai silver, old trade beads.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
Both the amethyst and Thai silver pieces.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
I had a rough idea what I wanted... Lots of stones and lots of silver and, as usual, the piece just took over from there.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I went to a workshop unrelated to jewelry and saw a woman wearing this incredible bracelet. When I asked her where she bought it, she said she made it herself. As I was looking for a new avenue for my creative expression, my career as a Jewelry Designer was born!
Do you have an artistic background?
I have always lived a creative life whether it was running scales on the piano, strumming a guitar, singing in harmony, dancing like a madwoman, crafting art, or moving color under my brush.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
Surfing the net.
What other hobbies do you have?
I must confess I'm rather obsessed with anything related to beading.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Jewelry making makes my soul soar. I can feel the difference in my mood fairly quickly after sitting down at my bench. It is currently my part time career.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
Most of my pieces are sold by word of mouth. I also sell my jewelry on my website www.angelamahler.com, and I have a Facebook and Twitter profile. I would love to (and probably will) enter some contests soon.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I have donated my necklaces regularly to silent auctions for a Women's Shelter and Assistance program in Vancouver.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Do what makes your soul soar. You'll know it when you find it!