HOW DID YOU LEARN JEWELRY MAKING?
I first started beading when my son asked me to make him “rally pig” keychains, for him and his car club friends, more than 10 years ago. Over time the keychains got more ornate and my daughter suggested perhaps expanding and trying jewelry, and the rest is history.
In the early stages of beading I would rely on magazine instructions to grasp concepts and stitches, and later videos. Over time I developed my own style, and broke free of printed instructions, deviating from the rules, playing with colors and mixing patterns for more complex finishes.
WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN ESTHETIC?
Always work your way up, learn the basics so you can later expand, learn from other’s hard work and respect it. Always look for inspiration in what you know, for it will feed it to fruition.
WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WORK?
I find inspiration in everyday life, news, nature, books I'm reading. I look at beading as an embellishment to life. I use Japanese and Czech glass beads, Swarovski crystal, gemstones, and whatever else I can incorporate in my pieces -- depending on what I’m working on it always changes.