|Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
I was born in Manila, Philippines but grew up in the province of Cavite. I am currently residing in Los Banos, Laguna where the scenic Mt. Makiling is found.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I have been obsessed with arts and crafts. When I was a teenager, I really loved to collect accessories, especially those that are unique or one of a kind. I was curious as to how these accessories were made and although I knew I could make my own, I had a full time job then and that made it impossible. But when I got married and started to raise a family, I slowly found time to tinker with beads and arts and craft, read books and magazines and started to do research through the Internet. It had to be that I would make my own unique design and creations inspired by other designers and artists. I have been beading for 12 years now and I am loving it. People and friends who recognized and appreciated my work made me more inspired to further hone my skills and craft. It took some time and hard work before I got to become stable in this field; when I started out I was selling at schools, flea markets, joined bazaars and weekend markets. Soon enough, I started to advertise through the Internet at online selling sites like multiply and Facebook. As time went by, I slowly developed confidence and decided to join a number of online beading competitions and one of them was FMG. I was able to garner different awards and certificates and thus was recognized by different groups to become a resource person for their livelihood programs for beads and accessories. I am currently conducting private and online beading tutorials to select clients. I guess the secret to becoming a good designer-artist are: 1) to love what you do, 2) teach others or share your talent and 3) provide good service to your clients.
What medium do you work with mostly?
I use different techniques depending on the project on hand and I relate this to the personality of the person, as well as age of the client and their fashion style. I also study the place where to sell my products; urban or rural areas. But I really love working with wires, buttons and any vintage materials; I feel at ease with designing and creating my pieces. Moreover, I love recycling and turning junk to beautiful pieces like necklaces or bracelets.
Why did you become enchanted with this style of jewelry-making?
I love challenges and the harder the task the more I go for it. Wire working brings out the best in me as I become more creative and explore other ways or techniques in creating new pieces or designs. I always wanted to innovate and that people eventually would know my creations by just looking at it.
Where and How do you sell your jewelry?
Since I am home-based; I mainly sell through the Internet using Facebook, although I occasionally join bazaars and local events. I have my small beading showroom at my place so that walk-in clients can personally see and query about the materials they may want for their custom-made accessories.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
HYSINH (is a Vietnamese word meaning "SACRIFICE" in English)
What inspired this design?
"Wow!" this is the word that I would like people to say when they see this necklace. It is supposed to bring out the confidence of the person who would wear this necklace as well as the beauty and stylishness I believe it would emit. In some of my pieces, I like to make a daring statement, oozing with appeal, lively, and best of all something I myself believe in.
How did it come together?
The materials I used are glass pearl, gold wire (gauge 19 and 22), gold chain. With a classy and sophisticated wire technique and a personal touch of course.
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