Linda O'Flynn

Linda O'Flynn

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads 2009 Beading Contest


Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Jenks, Oklahoma

Describe your artistic style.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Nature, history.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Seed beads, pearls, crystal, occasionally gemstones.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
My Heritage Beaded Walking Cane

What inspired this design?
I am first and foremost a proud, patriotic American, but I am also proud of my Irish heritage. I wish people knew more about the tremendous contributions the Irish immigrants made in the development of America.

How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
It more or less defined itself as I worked on it.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
About 10 years ago.

Who introduced you to beading?
A friend suggested I try it but she was not a beader.

Do you have an artistic background?
I have a background in crafts and photography. I sew, knit, and embroider. I also do a little crochet.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
Beading magazines.

What other hobbies do you have?
Sew, knit, embroidery, photography, reading.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Hobby. I find beading relaxing. You have to concentrate when bead weaving so it distracts you from the frustrations of the day.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
We have jewelry in a local store and in a hospital gift shop.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
In the past I designed a pin for the Blue Star Mothers as a gift to them.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Always be open to trying something new and different. Be willing to take a risk.