Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2010 featuring Swarovski crystal
||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
Describe your artistic style.
Youthful, colorful, spirited and creative. I love making pieces that will start conversations when worn.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Pop culture, magazines, website, my fellow jewelry artists.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Copper (colored) craft wire, oxidized aluminum jumprings and Swarovski crystals.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Enchanted Tree Necklace
What inspired this design?
The color of the crystals reminded me of a lush tree at the end of summer and early fall.
How did it come together?
As I began working, it defined itself. For instance, I tried planning it with copper jumprings and copper chain and the red/green leaf beads and it just clicked.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I began jewelry-making when I joined the staff of Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine and taking classes at Bead Fest (I recently left the magazine to start my own business).
Who introduced you to beading?
My former boss, Denise Peck (editor in chief of Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine) and other staff members in my former office.
Do you have an artistic background?
Before joining the magazine, I was pursuing a career in journalism--I didn't really focus on anything art related until I got the job at the magazine.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
Through my beading and jewelry-making friends.
What other hobbies do you have?
Creative writing, cooking, volunteering and music.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
It is now my full-time career. It plays a role almost everyday life. When I complete a project I feel great satisfaction. Selling my work to others makes me feel really good.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I have an Etsy page, sell at local craft shows, Facebook and Twitter, send out mailings and hold jewelry-making parties for kids and adults. I also submit my work to magazines.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I make at least a few things in October to benefit Susan G. Komen for the cure (breast cancer charity).
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Don't be afraid to try something! I was convinced that I couldn't make jewelry until I actually sucked it up and took a class! And now it's my career.