|Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
I prefer the more elegant look of jewelry. However, I don't have a particular style. There are so many varieties of styles, I don't want to limit my creativity.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I am inspired by challenging myself. I always want to do better than the last piece, as well as all the compliments I receive from people.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Swarovski crystal, I love wire wrapping, I just haven't mastered the art yet.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Glamorous Golden Shadow Necklace
What inspired this design?
As I went through my inventory, I saw how these different yet similar colors would combine a beautiful piece along with the gold beads.
How did it come together?
I laid this design out a year ago. It just laid there. Once I started working on it, it became completely different. I would say it defined itself.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
2008, I went to a bead store, the saleswoman showed me how to make a basic pair of earrings and I knew then I wanted to create jewelry.
Who introduced you to beading?
No one really. I just thought about it one day. I'm still learning and will continue to always excel.
Do you have an artistic background?
I don't have an artistic background. However, I do have a creative background.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
A co-worker had a catalog. I found the phone number and ordered my own. I love Fire Mountain Gems.
What other hobbies do you have?
I love to cook and entertain, decorating stuff, gift baskets, swimming, kayaking, exercising and of course making jewelry.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Emotionally I feel great. When I wear my jewelry, people want to purchase it. Physically, it can be very challenging at times, but in the end it's very rewarding.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I have a car magnet, business cards, t-shirts and a hat with my logo. I have sold to people through my job. I will soon be going to salons and have home parties.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
Not right now. However, I look forward to doing so in the future.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Learn all you can, take a break if you get frustrated, never give up. Always follow your heart and never give up your passion.