Blue Deco--Beaded Lace Design
Burst of Spring
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2012 featuring Metal
||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Describe your artistic style.
Constantly evolving--I love learning new techniques and combining new with old.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Many things--but mostly nature and Art Nouveau styles.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Beads! Mostly seed and bugle beads, but I'm using more crystal and wire lately. I love a good focal point, too, whether purchased, handmade, or fabricated on the spot!
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Blue Deco--Beaded Lace Design
What inspired this design?
I was trying out old bead weaving techniques with new styles of beads. While the design may not be unique (I'm sure others have created similar designs) I am proud that this design is mine. By that I mean that I did not follow someone else's directions, but made my own.
How did it come together?
I had an idea in my head, but it came together as I was working. I've made this design in several color combinations and love it every time!
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I started as a little girl, learning from family members. I took some classes in high school, and then graduated college with a Bachelor of Arts, where I had studied metalsmithing. Unfortunately, I don't have a studio set up right now (I'm working on it!) so I work with more cold jewelry techniques such as wire wrapping, beading, weaving, etc. It's a great creative outlet!
Who introduced you to beading?
My mother, and then a Native American teacher back in Minnesota.
Do you have an artistic background?
I like to think so! My mother introduced me to other arts and crafts as well, and I've always loved taking art classes, from sculpture to drawing to everything in between.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
I was looking for a good deal on larger quantities of beads than I could get locally. I love the selection and the discounted prices!
What other hobbies do you have?
Sewing, hiking, horseback riding, home decorating, gardening, mountain biking, reading--so many!
Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
I started one locally, but we only meet sporadically. I've also joined some Etsy Teams that are interested in jewelry and/or beads, and some groups on DeviantArt.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Jewelry making is a creative outlet for me. I do have an Etsy shop, but it's more of a part part-time career. I've started teaching others how to make jewelry, too, as I love learning new techniques and sharing that knowledge!
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
As stated before, I do have an Etsy shop--PZ Designs (pzdesigns.etsy.com)--but mostly I take custom orders from family and friends, or family and friends of friends! Custom pieces are my favorite as they are personal and special--it's a good challenge to create a piece for a specific individual!
I've also attended farmer's markets and craft fairs and entered a few contests. I hope to participate in more in the future!
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I donate to local events and charities, as well as a USFS yearly charity event back in Wisconsin through my mother. I've also donated proceeds to the National Wildlife Foundation on several occasions.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Practice practice practice! If you don't understand a technique from a website, book, or video, find someone who can show you in person. Or better yet--find a local jewelry-making group or boutique with open beading hours and attend weekly or monthly!