Vanessa Tuttle

A Wave of Turquoise
Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Enfield, Connecticut

Describe your artistic style.
I'm an eclectic type of artist. I enjoy anything that really catches my eye and inspires me.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Everything and anything from people, pieces of art or nature.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Right now I am really into chain, wire and crystals.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
A Wave of Turquoise

What inspired this design?
The flow of the beads. Sometimes I look at a bead and the design comes to life.

How did it come together?
It just designed itself. The flow of the beads is what inspired me. This is one of my biggest sellers!

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I started almost four years ago. What I thought would be just something I dabbled in once in a while became an addiction very quickly!

Who introduced you to beading?
My Mother-in-law

Do you have an artistic background?
I am a dancer and a singer. I also started taking ceramic classes in High School and fell in love. I was immediately placed in senior classes since I took on the art of ceramics so well. I also worked in a pottery studio for a few years.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
As soon as I knew I wanted to really invest my time into beading I started doing my research online. Fire Mountain Gems was one of the first sites I came across, and now it's a staple for my beading business.

What other hobbies do you have?
Dancing and choreography has always been a huge part of my life and continues to be!

Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
Not at this time but I would love to eventually!

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
I try to incorporate jewelry making into my everyday life. I try to block out an hour or two after the children have been put to bed to work on my designs or an inspired piece. It's also very calming for me. I can kind of get lost in my work and help to deter my brain from the stresses of the day.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I just recently began building my Etsy site. I am also in the midst of revamping my business. I make the bulk of my income on home parties, weddings and proms. Since I am a stay at home Mom I can devote more time to it. I also work the craft fair/market circuit too.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
In 2006 my Daughter, Alyssa was diagnosed with Autism. That same year my Mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and shortly after passed away. I have a jewelry line for Autism Awareness called Autism 1. I also carry a line of jewelry for Breast Cancer Awareness called Think Pink. At the end of the year I tally up the sales of each line and donate 50% to Autism and Breast Cancer Research. I hope to do more for these causes with my jewelry!!!

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Go with your gut, and don't ever feel like what you design is not good enough. Everyone has their niche in the design world. Find yours and really own it. Once you have that true confidence in your work it will start to show in your work, and people will take notice!!!