I design jewelry featuring vintage beads and findings, combining them with newer parts & pieces to evoke a range of different eras such as Art Deco or Victorian styles. I also love a contemporary vibe as well, and have fun taking the older pieces and using them to make something that looks very current! My other creative endeavor is painting and art, primarily watercolor and acyrlic, and I offer originals as well as prints and cards featuring my artwork.
How did you get started?
I wanted to do something creative and avoid going back to an office job when my kids were small. I had been making jewelry for a while, just for myself, and people started suggesting I sell it. I finally gave it a whirl and was completely blown away at how much people liked my designs! The painting is an old love that I am finally revisiting after many years. I was sparked by a wonderful workshop I took in 2008 and it was just the thing to get my kick-started and creating art again.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Comes from many, many places but for me is primarily color-driven and I draw on nature, art, history, travel and fashion. I was once inspired to design a necklace based on the fabric in my pajamas, it was one of my favorite pieces!
Describe your workspace/workroom.
My studio/workroom is a complete mess, but it helps me to look around and see what is on hand. I am definitely a visual person and oftentimes have what I call the "happy accident", where amongst all the mess, an unlikely combination jumps out and grabs me! I currently paint in the corner of the kitchen (best light and cleanable floor), but would LOVE to have a proper studio one day....
What has been your favorite winter holiday gift to make or receive?
Anything knitted is a special holiday or winter gift. I haven't mastered the art of knitting, so I am very appreciative of someone else's efforts :)