Donna Williams

Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Cincinnati, Ohio

Describe your artistic style.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Wire, beads, yarn, paper.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
It's actually a floral arrangement, not jewelry.

What inspired this design?
Love for florals.

How did it come together?
Used my imagination once I picked the ribbon, I picked the flowers to complement it.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
Well, I began making jewelry about 10 years ago. It is one of many crafts that I enjoy. I like to look at different items and then imagine it as a part of jewelry, be it, yarn, paper, plastic, metal, etc.

Who introduced you to beading?
Probably a magazine, I look at quite a few while I'm in the grocery store.

Do you have an artistic background?
If you mean any degrees, no. I pretty much look at something and then re-create it. I sew, but don't like to refer to the pattern. I pretty much know how it is supposed to look when it is finished and I just sew it.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
I believe years ago I came across and their catalog was one that I could get for free. I don't order it anymore because it's too heavy (that's a new one), but it is pretty much like the office supply catalogs that I use at the office and so I chose not to order anymore.

What other hobbies do you have?
Greeting cards, crocheting, jewelry-making, floral arranging, creating shadowboxes, picture frames, etc.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
I look at jewelry items quite a bit, but sometimes it just gets to be too much and I start on another craft. I literally gave my granddaughter at least 1 million beads (no kidding) and she is now making jewelry.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I usually participate in craft fairs. But, it depends on the entry fees as they can get a little ridiculous.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
No, but would like to.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Have fun. Look at everything with a different perspective. Whatever you desire to create, you can if you believe you can.