Theresa Patterson

Purple Passion in 3D
Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
I live in Glendale, Arizona

Describe your artistic style.
I use two methods when working on a project beading and wire work I like the 3D look I get.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Flowers have inspired me the most; the look, the smell, the shapes, colors and size.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Glass beads.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Purple Passion in 3D

What inspired this design?

How did it come together?
I saw it in my head and then began working with the materials and much to my surprise my flower was born.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
Well I started in vacation Bible school I can remember the first ornament I made. It was a Santa. He had blue glass balls for eyes and one red one for a nose. Next project was a tree using small glass ornaments and pipe cleaners. I next started beading my mother's cloths and then ornaments.

Who introduced you to beading?
My friend of 30 years. She made jewelry and I asked her to teach me and she did. I in turn taught her how to bead ornaments.

Do you have an artistic background?

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
My friend introduced me to your magazine and I have been a fan ever since.

What other hobbies do you have?
I make baby quilts with lace and, of course, beads. Stained glass dogs, mermaids which I added beads to. I add beads to cards and scrap booking projects. I really have not found anything that beads cannot spice up.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
It helps me relax and pushes me to use my imagination. It makes me feel like a kid when my idea comes to life.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I have a website on Etsy: TLC4Beads

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Don't just stick to one method try different things even if it doesn't work the first 20 times just keep trying.