||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
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 Beads®?
I believe years ago I came across Catalogs.com 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.
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.