||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Describe your artistic style.
All over the place. We are a husband and wife team that loves to create with beads, objects we find, and even earth fire clay.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Color and shapes.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Everything we can get our hands on and we love vintage items.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
It was my first bead challenge with the bead society in Oklahoma. They gave us a few beads and we had to come up with an idea. I took first place.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
I wanted something to really be a bold statement and once I found the pendant part it was all kind of just completed on its own.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I started out making lanyards for myself to wear at work. Then everyone wanted them.
Who introduced you to beading?
I'm self taught.
Do you have an artistic background?
We have been doing arts and crafts for almost 18 years now, anything from ceramics, wood, leather work, wood burning to of course jewelry design.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
One of the first Bead and Button magazines I purchased and was in love with the selections available.
What other hobbies do you have?
Painting, ceramics, gourd painting, beading, steampunk design and the list goes on.
Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
We are in the Tulsa bead club called Oklahoma Bead Society you can find out more about them at www.okbeadsociety.com.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
I have recently become very ill due to several medical conditions and without beading, I would have just given up on life. Once I joined in the Society of Beaders, they helped me so much.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I have a blog at www.janrogers1968.blogspot.com and at www.funkyqueendivadesigns.blogspot.com
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I have given several pieces away for silent auctions for breast cancer awareness and United Way.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Try everything and get involved with a local beading society if possible.