Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2010 featuring Swarovski crystal
Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live? Charlotte, North Carolina
Describe your artistic style. Handcrafted jewelry style, ranging from contemporary to sophisticated.
What inspires you as a designer-artist? When I am designing my jewelry line, I do look at upcoming trends. Ultimately though, I am inspired by what I want to wear as a woman.
What materials do you most enjoy working with? Brass, sterling silver, Swarovski crystals and semi-precious stones.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Flower Ring
What inspired this design? I wanted to design a ring with the coral colored Swarovski pearl. With the accent of the additional beads, this ring has a touch of color and reminds me of a bouquet of flowers.
How did it come together? My designs definitely define themselves as I begin to work on each piece.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? I began making jewelry in 1998. I flipped through a bead catalogue of my mother's and realized I could try to make a bracelet with my own design. Friends and strangers asked about the jewelry I wore and offered to pay me for a design for themselves!
Who introduced you to beading? My mother.
Do you have an artistic background? I am a self-taught artist. Anything creative is a passion for me.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? Bead and Button magazine.
What other hobbies do you have? Walking my dog, spending time with family and friends and reading.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? Jewelry design is a full-time career for me. Therefore, it is a huge part of my life. Making jewelry calms me emotionally and physically.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? Designs by Ali is sold to women's boutiques throughtout the Eastern U.S. Our website and online shop is: www.rubylane.com/shop/designsbyali.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers? We make donations with our jewelry for fundraisers. Example: Hospice of Iredell County, Statesville Montessori School, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Humane Society of Charlotte.