Meet the Designer-ArtistWhere do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
Eclectic, I love different colors, patterns, textures, and styles combined.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Everything from nature to hardware.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Large CZ stones and Swarovski crystals, colored metals.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
Vintage Victorian jewelry
How did it come together?
I never have a plan. I just have an idea and it evolves.
Share Your BackgroundWhen and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I started making jewelry for myself when I couldn't find anything large.
Who introduced you to beading?
No one. I've always loved beading in every form.
Do you have an artistic background?
Somewhat. More of a creative background. I can't draw or sketch, can only paint by numbers, but I know a lot about color and am an "artistic seamstress."
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
Looking for jewelry findings online.
What other hobbies do you have?
Sewing, reading, horseback riding, Barbie doll artist.
Beading SuccessWhat role does jewelry-making play in your life?
I love jewelry-making, it's great! I love creating it as well as the end result! I have only recently started marketing my jewelry part-time.
If you use jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are your selling yourself and your jewelry?
My website is www.glitterfashionshop.com. I have not entered any contests so far, but plan to.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I will be donating jewelry for a cancer fundraiser.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
There is a lot of competition, but don't give up! Believe in what you make!