Meet the Designer-ArtistWhere do you live?
Near the Pecos River, New Mexico
Describe your artistic style.
Southwestern, primitive, Native American, animals, natural colors and stones
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
All of the above plus color plays a very big role. My favorite designers are Barbra Elbe and Deb Bergs.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Delica® seed beads and cabochons. I'm currently experimenting with making beaded bezels around cabs so that both sides of the stone are exposed.
What is the name of the piece you are submitting with your success story?
Shaman's Dream/Windspirit Horse
What inspired this design?
Primitive petroglyphs seen locally and my own two Appaloosa horses.
How did the design come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
Originally, I did the Shaman's Dream (first side) as a necklace. I then added the Windspirit Horse (second side) to create an amulet bag.
Share Your BackgroundWhen and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
Around 2003 or 2004, it started as hobby to get through long, cold winters.
Who introduced you to beading?
I purchased a bought ''beaders companion'' to learn stitches. I'm self-taught through trial and error; lots and lots of error.
Do you have an artistic background?
No formal training. I've dabbled in just about everything over my lifetime with some success, but I love beadweaving. I'm addicted to it!
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
Magazine ad. Since I live 55 miles from the nearest bead shop your catalog and speedy service has been a real boon.
What other hobbies do you have?
Gardening, woodworking, archaeology, entering my old '53 Jaguar in car shows.
Beading SuccessWhat role does jewelry-making play in your life?
It's a hobby so far, I really miss it if I can't pick up a bead for a few days.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
2009 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads beading contest is my first contest. I mostly make things for myself and to give to friends. I did trade a necklace for a case of wine once.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Don't be afraid to take apart and redo if things aren't working or looking right.
View all of Caryl's designs in the Gallery of Designs.