Ilima Szabo

Molokai Sunset
Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Molokai, Hawaii

Describe your artistic style.
Anything beachy, shells and seeds, driftwood and seaweed.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
The ocean.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Anything found on the beach, anything natural and rustic.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Molokai Sunset

What inspired this design?
A Hawaiian sunset on the beach.

How did it come together?
I design as I go and surprise myself with the outcome. Rarely do I make the same again. The next one has a different look. Just like in nature.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
On my first Hawaii trip I came home to Vancouver where I lived that time. I made this jewelry style for craft fairs.

Who introduced you to beading?

Do you have an artistic background?
Yes, I paint landscapes, watercolors.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
Searching the web for supplies.

What other hobbies do you have?
Just enjoying my guests, I run a guesthouse near the Molokai Sea cliff.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
I am a senior citizen and receive a pension, but I work fulltime. Designing each item a little different I create unique pieces. It is relaxing and earns me a part-time income, supplementing my income from rooms and cabins rented to travelers. Widowed now since 2010, having their company is important.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I have some items online, but my best outlet is our local farmers' market. Occasionally I get special requests from my guests. Tourists are my main customers. They desire jewelry which is made locally.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
No. I am 75 and what I do fills my time completely ...

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Wear your pieces and take pictures of what you make, talk with shop keepers and galleries if they can find a spot for some samples. Use online social sites and post pictures.