Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2010
featuring Metal Clay, Metal Beads,
Wirework and Chain
||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
Classic elegance and historical opulence with a modern twist that makes the jewelry more practical to wear in a modern lifestyle.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
The rich and elaborate jewelry that historically adorned nobility, royalty, and the goddesses. Organic and Art Deco styles are also a very prominent inspiration in my work. The most important is the materials themselves, especially the gemstones. They provide the most inspiration for a piece.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Natural gemstone, silver, copper, and Swarovski crystal.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
The Greek Myth of Persephone.
How did it come together?
This design was preplanned.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I began crafting jewelry a little over a year ago. I had the desire but not much else. Like a lot of artists, I started with materials. I found handmade silver components and beautiful gemstones that caused a flurry of design ideas and a lot of excitement. I started with a material order for one design and haven't looked back since.
Who introduced you to beading?
Fire Mountain Gems, this website with it's seemingly unending selections, samples, and resources of authentic, quality materials suddenly made this art attainable. It provided the bridge between the desire of the art and the accomplishment of the art.
Do you have an artistic background?
Yes, I have a Bachelor's Degree in the fine arts with a graphic design concentration.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
What other hobbies do you have?
Drawing, scuba diving and reading.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Hobby recently turned business venture.
If you use jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?