Kim Souza

The Chardonnay
Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?

Describe your artistic style.
I like to make a design that inspires elegance and warmth. Eye catching style!

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
The stones or pieces themselves. I see a piece I like, for example a focal bead or pendant, and I envision how it would look as a necklace.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Semi-precious stones and crystals.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
This is from my "Wine Line," I call it "The Chardonnay." This is at the Gallery in Avila Beach.

What inspired this design?
I wanted to have some nice pieces for the wine tasters to wear while wine tasting!

How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
I kind of envisioned this piece as I searched for stones to use. I found the leaves and went from there. I kind of had an idea what I was shooting for with this one.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
Around 2008, if I am interested in something I always learn and research about it. I saw jewelry pieces that I thought to myself, "I could make that!" So I taught myself some basic things and got started!

Who introduced you to beading?
No one

Do you have an artistic background?
Yes, my father has always been artistic, he was offered to draw for Disney when he was nineteen but chose to pinstripe cars! Dad! He also had produced his own comic book. His profession was jeweler. He repaired watches mostly. So a lot of my talent is inherited I think. I have been in several art contests and done some custom work as well.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
I was purchasing some supplies at a local crafts store and the owner gave me a catalog.

What other hobbies do you have?
Art, animation, painting, horseback riding

Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
Only as a web ring, Bead

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
It started out as a hobby. I would really like it to be my full time career. I have a website and have been trying to promote it. I have sold some jewelry and have some of my designs at a gallery in Avila Beach, CA, which makes me feel proud. I was also invited to show my designs at the Emerging Trends Boston Fashion Show! I am not big enough to make it right now, but maybe in the future, if sales keep rising!

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
Right now I am not selling enough to use my designs as income. I would really love to get to that level as a designer! I sell some via the internet, word of mouth and if someone sees a piece I have done for someone. I have a website as I said earlier:

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I have donated a cowgirl necklace set I did to a local Rodeo to be auctioned off to raise money for the horse club.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Yes, push your work as much as possible. Also never get discouraged and it will pay off even if it takes years! I know!