What inspires you as a designer-artist? I am inspired by my faith, my family, architecture, cities and geography.
What medium do you work with mostly? I love working with Swarovski crystals, pearls, gemstones and pewter and have started working with Apoxie® Sculpt to make my own focal pieces, pendants and charms.
Why did you become enchanted with this style of jewelry-making? I love to make jewelry that reminds me of the special people, places and times in life.
Where and How do you sell your jewelry? I sell my jewelry on my website--ioannatejeda.com. I also sell at local boutique nights.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Machu Picchu
What inspired this design? I was asked to create and donate a piece of jewelry to Light and Leadership Initiative for their Art and Experience Auction. It is an organization that provides educational programs for women and children in Peru. I was inspired to create a piece that embodied Peru.
How did it come together? The design started to come together as I was looking for materials. I chose green opal chalcedony from Peru for the material. I was inspired by Machu Picchu and saw a similarity between the faceted focal bead and the mountain, and a similarity in the rondelles to the stones in the ruins.
What inspired you to donate your bead(s) to Circle of Hope?
My cousin Calliope, who was a sister to me, lost her five year battle to Breast Cancer in 2011. Her attitude and grace during her illness was an inspiration to everyone who knew her. I have created this bead in her honor and donate it in her memory. I hope it brings Hope, Comfort and Grace to whomever wears it.