Can you imagine all the time and work that goes into stringing those millions of tiny beads by hand??? It's amazing!
Shady Path Spiral Necklace
Location: Tucson Arizona (the Wild West)
Tell me a little about yourself.
I’ve been beading, weaving, working with clay and collecting interesting natural specimens since I was very small. I seem to be doing pretty much the same things now but on a larger scale.
I'm primarily self-taught but have spent time learning from local artists willing to share their techniques. I live in Tucson, Arizona. When not working on my various creative projects, I can be found training and showing my Shetland Sheepdogs and my Border Collie in Herding, Agility and Obedience competitions. This takes me outdoors, out of town and into the country which provides inspiration and nurtures my spirit.
My work has been sold at the Tucson Museum of Art gift shop as well as in galleries in California and Arizona. Many of my pieces are in private collections across the country. I am delighted when someone likes my work well enough to purchase it. Hopefully, they enjoy wearing the jewelry as much as I did making it.
Most of my jewelry is one-of-a-kind or Limited Edition designer pieces featuring a variety of elements. These are eye catching pieces utilizing unique combinations of semi-precious gemstones, pearls, sterling silver, gold-filled elements, natural stone, seed beads and fibers.
Earth elements include small stones, feathers, natural and glass elements, small pieces of desert driftwood and anything else that catches my eye. To many, these are small decorative elements. To others, these have metaphysical significance depending on the contents.
Anemone Glass Pendant
How would you describe your shop? Who should definitely stop by?
The things in my shop are definitely eclectic. They range from elaborate jewelry to decorated rocks and feathers. Each peace fills a need and satisfies my creative urge. It’s definitely worth frequent visits from anyone as you just never know what will be there. Unique is the key word.
What keeps you motivated?
I am motivated and inspired by colors, shapes and everything in nature. Usually, I will start on a piece with a basic idea but often the piece seems to have ideas of its own and we end up in a different direction. It’s always an adventure.
Another amazing example of quality craftsmanship.
Do you have any advice for those who are new to handmade/crafting?
For anyone new to handmade/crafting, I would suggest doing what satisfies you and lifts your heart; learn as you go; be open to suggestions and new ideas and price your work appropriately. You are not going to be able to compete with the mass produced pieces imported from other countries so don’t sell for pennies.
I've always heard that an artist should select one mode and perfect it. This is too limiting for me. I'm always looking for new things, new ideas, new materials and new skills. Each day and every new project is an adventure.
Salmon-Mango Silver Lined Kumihimo Braided Necklace
Tell us who one of your favorite sellers is on Etsy!
I love having an Etsy shop and meeting such wonderful, helpful and supportive people. This whole thing has been another exciting adventure. Two of my favorite sellers are Giftbearer and Galla15. Not only is their work outstanding, but these two ladies have gone out of their way to help other artisans. The time they spend working on promotion activities is incredible and very much appreciated by all of us.
Angel Skin Coral Bead Crochet Necklace
Is there anything that you'd like to share?
I feel that the handmade work we do, whether we call ourselves artists, craft people, artisans or designers, is representative of who we are. We live in an ever more technical society but there will always be those who appreciate and enjoy quality jewelry and creative arts and crafts products. This is a natural expression of us as a society and of humankind as a whole. We should rejoice in our diversity and expand our horizons. What better way to do this than through individual artistic endeavors.
More favorites of mine:
Sculpted Moon Maiden
Three Medicine Rocks for Best Friends
Thanks so much, Marianne, and keep up the great work!