Meet the Designer-ArtistWhere do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
Elegant and colorful--especially jewel-tone designs
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I am most inspired by my surroundings, the things I see in nature--a beautiful piece of art, a geographical design, etc.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Bead weaving and metal/wire-wrapping. Both pattern and freeform designs.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Beautiful Metallic Garden
What inspired this design?
I took a class to learn about coloring metal. Then I experimented with many different inks, dyes, and paints. Then I wanted make a necklace and this is it.
How did it come together?
I had a general idea, and I had many of the individual pieces. I had to try several ideas for the base until I decided on the twisted wire base.
Share Your BackgroundWhen and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I began beading about 1988 when I visited a little bead shop in San Diego. I began taking classes and have continued to bead since. My first beading experiences were with instructors.
Do you have an artistic background?
I have a B.S. in music and have taken many art courses.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
From beading magazines such as Bead and Button Magazine.
Beading SuccessWhat role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Beading is my passion and I find it very fulfilling. I try to bead every day because I am working to make it my full-time career.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I have a website--www.joaniesjewelry.com. I have a mini-catalog that I distribute and my friends sponsor trunk shows for me at their businesses. This is my first contest.
View all of Joanie's designs in the Gallery of Designs.