|Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
Contemporary with a bit of vintage.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I have always enjoyed working with color, texture and shape.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Natural materials such as stone and pearls.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Lacy Wire Bangle Bracelet
What inspired this design?
I discovered how to make the lacy wire coil by mistake. It looked amazing, so I had to use it in a design.
How did it come together?
I planned it, but made adjustments along the way.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I have been beading for about ten years, after my mom started beading.
Who introduced you to beading?
My mom started beading, then she taught my daughter, who taught me.
Do you have an artistic background?
I have lots of artists in my family and I grew up sewing and making my own clothes.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
What other hobbies do you have?
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Beading has become a part-time business. It's a great creative outlet. Relaxing and rewarding. Also I have taught beading and wire-working classes.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
We have a website (my mom, my sister and I) www.lazybeadranch.com. We wear our jewelry as a way of advertising and are working on a radio ad.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Don't be afraid to make mistakes. You will learn a lot from them and sometimes those items come out the best!