Krystina Tylko

Krystina Tylko

Low Tide-Diamonds in the Rough
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2010
featuring Metal Clay, Metal Beads,
Wirework and Chain

Krystina Tylko

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2010
featuring Metal Clay, Metal Beads,
Wirework and Chain

Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Ontario, Canada

Describe your artistic style.
Freeform and nature-inspired shapes.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Nature and its ability to transform stones, rocks and sea glass. This inspires me to embellish such objects using precious metals and findings.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Natural stone, sea glass, semi-precious gems, precious metals, wire, precious metal clay.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
This image is the ''Low Tide-Diamonds in the Rough'' is my inspirational piece--because it incorporates sea glass.

What inspired this design?
Sea/beach glass is a gem I truly enjoy working with because it is created by the ''tumbling motion of the ocean,'' the ocean inspired this design.

How did it come together?
My designs usually define themselves as I begin my creative process, the objects I use as focal points also inspire the process.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
As a child, creativity and artistic endeavors were part of my daily life. It began with textiles, painting and jewelry.

Who introduced you to beading?
I have always admired Native American beading patterns and creations. I began as a self-starter.

Do you have an artistic background?
Arts and crafts were always a part of my life, it is a natural progression into jewelry creation.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
You know, it was by necessity. I searched for supplies locally, but could never find a perfect fit. When I placed my first order with Fire Mountain Gems, I was hooked.

Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
I guess I call myself a self-representing artist and no I do not.

What other hobbies do you have?
Painting, sewing.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Currently it is a part-time endeavor and jewelry-making must be part of my life, I cannot visualize it any other way.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
Entering contests reinforces the fact that I may have some talent, as seen through someone else's eyes.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
Yes, I always create jewelry for such causes as--cancer research, diabetes, etc. Currently it is

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Creating jewelry for clients is an item of long term appreciation and endurance of each piece is of essence, as jewelry sometimes becomes a form of heirloom.

View all of Krystina's designs in the Gallery of Designs.