Meet the Designer-ArtistWhere do you live?
Pembroke Pines, FL
Describe your artistic style.
I describe my artistic style as elegant and nostalgic.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I try to put together the materials that I have at hand. I play and combine them until they are beautiful.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
My favorite materials are metal findings, wire and seed beads.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
The soft color of the pink quartz in contrast with the silver. I was intrigued by some metal chain designs. I decided I could make my own design.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
The necklace defined itself once I began working.
Share Your BackgroundWhen and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I always collected beads and one day I decided it was time to start making jewelry.
Who introduced you to beading?
I began making jewelry about five years ago after my mother showed me the FMG catalog.
Do you have an artistic background?
I took some art classes in college.
What other hobbies do you have?
Sewing, scrapbooking and watching my kids play baseball.
Beading SuccessWhat role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Jewelry-making is my hobby. When a piece of jewelry is completed I feel accomplished. I say to myself, "Yes you did it!''
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I recently set up a website page at etsy.com and have sold jewelry at work and garage sales.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I donate some of my jewelry to the Salvation Army and the Veterans Foundation.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Start trying! Gather a few supplies and see what you can come up with. It can be a lot of work, but it will be rewarding.
Militza's design, Pink Rocks was a finalist in the 2009 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest.