Girls' Night Out Necklace
|Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
Modern, vintage and Victorian
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Chainmaille, seed beads, gemstones, crystals, vintage pins, brass and copper wire.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Girls' Night Out Necklace
What inspired this design?
The desire to make something stunning and dramatic.
How did it come together?
It was planned out to an extent ... I lay out most of what I want to do, but while working, if a piece looks like it needs more or less of something, I adapt.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I began making jewelry in 2008 when I lost one of my favorite earrings. I decided to make a new pair myself.
Who introduced you to beading?
No one, I've always been able to look at things and conceptualize the parts that come together to make them whole. One day, while in an AC Moore, I saw beading products and bought a few to put together a few pairs of earrings and, from that, it's grown into what it is now.
Do you have an artistic background?
Somewhat. My grandmother was a painter and sketch artist. She also worked with stitch work creating tapestries, doilies, and tablecloths. I like to believe some of her amazing talents passed to me. I have experimented in numerous mediums; graphic design, sketching, painting, writing, crocheting, and knitting--some I have been better at than others, but jewelry making is my absolute favorite.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
What other hobbies do you have?
Crocheting, drawing and reading.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Jewelry-making is a part-time craft for me. I try to take time and make something new whenever I can! At the current time, I am in graduate school and do not find as much time as I have had previously, but I still try to steal some time from my schedule to sketch out ideas, even if I don't have enough time to actually make a new piece.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I have participated in various craft fairs and First Friday/Second Saturday events. I also have a website: www.5one7designs.etsy.com.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Focus on your strengths and develop them. Even though you may find inspiration in other's work, draw on the people around you to make your work your own and not just a copy of someone else's.