||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
San Diego, California
Describe your artistic style.
I love making jewelry for myself and others who like to wear my jewelry that I create.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I have to say mostly what it looks like after it is finished.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Sterling silver and 14Kt gold-filled wire, gemstones and beads.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
I just wanted to make a labradorite ring and it turned out great. I was 5th in the contest that I entered.
How did it come together?
Yes, it came out how I planned it would.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I began in 1990 when I started making beaded earrings from a book and now I just put beads together and it turns out it is what I love about it. I started wire wrapping from Dale "Cougar" Armstrong's DVD's--she has taught me a lot.
Who introduced you to beading?
I guess myself. I just looked at books and was tired of jewelry from the department stores falling apart.
Do you have an artistic background?
No not really, but I am self taught.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
Looking for beads online or in jewelry-making magazines.
What other hobbies do you have?
Mostly making beautiful jewelry!
Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
Yes, I am on several on Facebook.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
It means a lot to me. It used to be a hobby, but since I can't work I have made this my full-time career.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I have a few websites they are on Etsy at http://peggysbeadwork.etsy.com Yardsellr from Facebook http://yardsellr.com/yardsale/Peggy-Marzano-87333. Did a couple of craft fairs but didn't sell that much. I have entered other contests but didn't win anything. I do make a catalog of my jewelry and pass it around to others and my business card.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
Yes, I did for my church as a fundraiser, but didn't sell that much either.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Keep making jewelry. Don't ever give up on yourself.