What technique(s) are you particularly focusing on?
Currently, I am working with updated vintage designs inspired by ideas and techniques found in my large collection of vintage craft magazines from the 1940s-1970s. The techniques span the gamut from crochet to mixed media to home decor and fashion. I’m challenging myself to learn sewing this year as well! As usual, my jewelry making is endlessly expanding and I’m always exploring new techniques and materials!
Since when have you already been holding workshops?
I started teaching when I owned a bead store, which was 12 years ago!
What fascinates you about using SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS?
Absolutely everything, the sparkle, the color, the endless applications, it takes my work to a whole other level.
What is your favorite SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS color?
I can’t pick one, I don’t know how anyone could! I love them all for different reasons. Picking one would be like picking a favorite child!
What is your favorite SWAROVSKI ELEMENT and why?
Again, I can’t pick just one. It depends on the project and what is, at any given moment, exciting me creatively. That is ever shifting and changing.
What was your first experience designing with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS? We purchased an array of vintage crystal from a vendor when we had our retail store. I made dragonfly and butterfly Christmas ornaments from wire and crystal that people really loved. The dragonfly I designed then became the focal element of a wire and crystal piece showcased on a catalog cover and that was the real beginning of my career as a designer.
What is your favorite design you have ever created with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS? It’s hard for me to pick one. I love the Baba Yaga necklace I created for the Brazil/Russia book, also the dragonfly design I made for the manufacturer I mentioned earlier and finally, I recently created an oversized crystal and wire runway design for Beadalon that I really love. The sad thing is, I will never get to hold any of these pieces again! Such is the life of a designer, we spend hours making something beautiful and then must release it into the world.
What are your hobbies?
Music, making jewelry, crafting, decorating, shopping!
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Effervescent, creative, driven
What would you definitely take with you on a lonely island?
My family...and some key craft tools and supplies so we could make jewelry together!
What is the first thing at the day you usually do?
Take the puppies outside
What is your motto of life?
Life is short, be sparkly!
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