|Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Kew Gardens, New York
Describe your artistic style.
Modern, but whimsical wire artist.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Natural shapes. I'm also a fan of modern art and like building pieces upon simple shapes, such as a square or circle.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I primarily work with wire because I love building from scratch, but I also like crystal elements, pearls or any pretty bead that catches my eye.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
I was inspired after seeing one of Mondrian's paintings in the Museum of Modern Art. I loved the way that he took a simple structure--a square--and turned into something complex and beautiful.
How did it come together?
This was planned out. I made each square spiral separately and then attached them to form the bracelet.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I began making jewelry about two years ago after I broke my leg. I was out of work and looking for something to do--and quickly fell in love with making jewelry. It's become a huge part of my life ever since!
Who introduced you to beading?
I'm self taught. I went to many Web sites, such as Fire Mountain Gems, for instruction.
Do you have an artistic background?
Yes. I've always loved drawing and making crafts. Plus, my dad was a stained glass artist and my grandmother is a fantastic knitter, so I grew up surrounded by artists.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
I found the site online when I was looking for a place to purchase materials.
What other hobbies do you have?
I play flute and piano, and recorded an album called Flute Path. I love writing and am fortunate in that I write for Soap Opera Digest full-time. I love travel and have been all over the world, including Australia, Egypt, China, Japan, Israel, Iceland, Greece and Mexico. And I love cats! My husband and I have a cat, Maya, and are self-described "crazy cat people."
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Making jewelry is my favorite way to unwind. I make something almost every evening and just love being creative and feeling relaxed. It's a part-time career, but I put a lot of work into it. Sometimes I even dream of designs!
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I've participated in many local craft fairs around New York City and Long Island. I sell my items on Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/naomirabinowitz and I blog about my designs at handmadewirejewelry.blogspot.com.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
Not yet, but I'd love to. I was recently diagnosed with diabetes so I intend to eventually organize a fundraiser to raise awareness for that disease.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Have fun and don't be afraid to experiment. You never know what you'll come up with!
View all of Naomi's designs in the Gallery of Designs.