Fire Mountain Gems and Beads 2009 Beading Contest
||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
St. Cloud, Florida
Describe your artistic style.
Dramatic glamour. I enjoy color, detail, and one-of-a-kind jewelry.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Color plays a big part in all my design. Also fabric and painting.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Seed beads in all sizes with pearls, Czech glass beads, and glass drops.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Just Say Wow
What inspired this design?
The colors in the Czech fire-polished beads and how I could make it look like fabric and lace.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
It just evolved as I worked on it. After I finished the top, I knew it needed a lacy bottom and I found a wow factor in other beads and pearls.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I started making jewelry about 8 years ago. I went to a craft show and met a designer, Jude Wood, and saw the use of seed beads. The love of them began.
Who introduced you to beading?
A friend, but it was large chunky beads. After seed beads I couldn't stop.
Do you have an artistic background?
I majored in art in high school.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
I opened a small shop to teach seed beads and I found your company to supply the store.
What other hobbies do you have?
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
I have R.A. (rheumatoid arthritis) and since I started beading on a daily basis my fingers have straightened back out. I am happy as I teach others and life is fulfilled.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I do an occasional craft show and I have some in an art gallery in town.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I make jewelry for door prizes for church or other awareness programs.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Never say can't. Anything is possible if you want it.