Meet the Designer-ArtistWhere do you live?
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Describe your artistic style.
I think my strengths are with figurative styling, drawn from nature but including fantasy.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Everything. Often color combinations WOW me out, or a particular stone. Doesn't one find that a single project will engender a zillion ideas for a zillion more?
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Stones, beads, metals.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
The World is Your Pearl
What inspired this design?
I really like the peyote stitch. Became fascinated with that kind of stacking and the solidity it gives. Wanted to see how a box could hold up. I like dragons and thought it would be fun to see it moving around the sides.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
The box itself was very planned. The lid took many attempts and the decoration's all impromptu.
Share Your BackgroundWhen and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
A fantastic metal person (Katie Cleaver) shared her skills with me many years ago (30 years?). I've always loved beaded jewelry but considered it outside my range. In 2007, I went through some chemo radiation therapy and as I put all my regular pursuits aside, I started to study books, collect beads, play with patterns and found myself immersed in a healing, patient, joyful process.
Do you have an artistic background?
I grew up loving art. Growing up in Chicago suburbs, I was able to visit and study at museums there. My earliest love was oil paints, but I have always enjoyed mixed media.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
Probably from a friend. I can spend hours with the catalogs. A great source of inspiration.
What other hobbies do you have?
Gardening, but I don't have time. Guitar, but ditto.
Beading SuccessWhat role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Full-time--whether it's beads, metals, stones or paint, I work every day. The house is a mess and the garden's definitely overgrown.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I show my work in a local gallery and store. I've lived in this town 25-30 years, so I have a well-established clientele. Lots of special orders.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I participated in a crafts fair that raised money for women's crisis center. I have donated very regularly through the years to benefit friends and neighbors in stressful times.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Enjoy the obsession. Love where it leads you.
View Libby's 2008 Judge's Favorite design along with her other creations in the Gallery of Designs.