Flight of Fantasy
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2012 featuring Seed Beads
|Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Before I begin, I would like to say "Thank You Very Much Fire Mountain" for giving me the opportunity to share what I love. My name is Lisette, and I am from Oregon State, USA. I live in the southwest corner of the state, not far from the Pacific Ocean.
Describe your artistic style.
I would have to say "eclectic" and "multi media" because I am always ready to try something new, and I have many different interests. I love embellishing my work, and adding layers, of meaning, of colors, and styles to my work. I really enjoy working with wire, and I like to take a simple concept and add to it, creating something with lots of movement, earrings that swing, for example. I am really drawn to cold connections as well, it adds another layer of interest to a piece. :) My own personal style is an ever evolving one!
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Nature is my biggest inspiration, the forms and colors are always fascinating to me! The colors in Nature are nearly endless, and I study the way Nature has used color to display meaning, "here I am", or "you really don't want to eat me", or "I am the most beautiful peacock alive" which he demonstrates with his haughty walk and magnificent plumage! The underwater world is so incredibly amazing as well, and the creatures of the oceans are endlessly interesting to me. I want to try and capture the true elegance of my subject, which does not mean I try to copy it totally, sometimes just the colors, or the forms are most important. Every piece is different. :)
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I love working with beads of all sizes, the colors and shapes never fail to please, and I adore pearls, so I use them quite often. These days there are so many colors and shapes of pearls to be creative with! I love wire work, it is always challenging, and I enjoy creating new pieces to work with. I enjoy the process of many kinds of techniques, and the way one project can lead you on a new path to another technique or interest. So I also enjoy the journey, and I could not be without my camera! It sees much clearer than I do, so I rely on the information it conveys to me. The fact that dragonflies, for instance, are really quite fuzzy with hair on their bodies, I never knew that until my camera showed me! My camera is also my best critic, and it never tells a lie, lol! I love working with feathers, and leather, shells, wood, and silks, and silk ribbons.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Flight of Fantasy
What inspired this design?
I had purchased a book by Sherry Serafini, and had just purchased a large order of fantastic beads from you at Fire Mountain, and I was eager to learn how to make the spectacular types of jewelry in her stunning book!
How did it come together?
I made the butterfly first, and I used that as my launching pad. I read and followed the advice from the book "Sherry Serafini's Sensational Bead Embroidery" and I drew the basic shape of the design on my material and I allowed the beads to lead the way. It was so much fun! It is not a fast process, but it was so absorbing that time just flew by making this piece. :)
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
When our family moved from Alaska to Arizona in 1992, we were exposed to beautiful bead work that was for sale at local shops. We bought an issue of Bead and Button®, and taught ourselves to bead. That was the start of jewelry making! Our family has always enjoyed adventure and we have all kinds of things from our mining expeditions, and beach trips. I have a bucket of glass we gathered from Nome Alaska, from the days of the gold rush! And too many rocks to count! All of which are just begging to be displayed with jewelry. :)
Who introduced you to beading?
Well, I guess you could say Bead and Button introduced beading to us! And the local bead shops were like magnets to us! A lot of earrings were sold out there at the Kingman local airport, where our family had a flight school, and my husband taught people to fly. :)
Do you have an artistic background?
All of the arts and crafts I do are self taught, but I do come from an artistic family. One of my sisters for example, is a wonderful artist in wood. She uses a wood burner and does beautiful work! We have all kinds of interests in our family. :)
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
Bead and Button magazine is where we saw the first ad for Fire Mountain, and it really opened up our world of beading!
What other hobbies do you have?
I love photography, embroidery and ribbon work, sculpting, lampwork, and I enjoy trying out my own wacky innovative ideas! I also enjoy gardening and studying science too.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Jewelry making and design are very important to me. I have produced many many pieces, most of which have been given as gifts to friends and family. I've sold locally here in Cave Junction for the last year, and I've sold a few things on ETSY. However, I am not good at sales, so I am joining forces with a friend who is good at it, so she can help me grow. Margaret Bull is that friend, and we are getting close to offering beading kits online!
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
This is the second contest I have entered, and I hope to enter again going into the future! Right now I can be found on Facebook as Lisette Root, and you can contact me there anytime. :)
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I have made many different pieces of jewelry and other art for various causes. :)
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
I encourage you to create your art from your own heart and learn all you can about what interests you! As you work in your chosen form, you will develop your own style, and you are then sharing a deeper part of yourself, and your art. If, like me you are not good at self promotion, find someone to help you in that regard! It can be really stressful and can take away from your joy if you have to do it all. If you are good at selling your own creations, then you are on your way!