What is your real life like?
I work as a desktop publisher for a publishing house. I'm a single mum of a gorgeous 4 year old boy. We have a gorgeous 12 year old black cross-Alsatian named Kaya. Before my discovery and total immergence into the wonderful world of beading I used to do a lot of sports; walking, tennis, swimming, karate, yoga… but now between my job and my son, every single spare minute I have is spent either beading or doing something related to beading.
What is your process?
The main tools I use are needle, thread and of course beads. The main techniques used in my work are bead-weaving, bead crochet and bead-embroidery, which has become my very favourite technique to use as I find it incredibly versatile and inspiring – it just gets my creative juices going! I don't have a specific process but I usually either get inspired by a particular colour, depending on my mood, or a particular bead or stone. When I find myself stuck for inspiration, I look through my favourite art and design books and I'm always sure to find inspiration from some of my favourite beadwork artists.
Business Goals and Vision...
My short term goals are to continue beading and learning as much as I can about this wonderful medium in terms of both techniques and history. In the long term, I would like to be able to quit my job and support myself with my beadwork and teaching.
How do you market your business?
I mainly market my work mainly on Etsy, by advertising on blogs and through the following sites:
What inspires you?
Everything inspires me!!! All colours, all textures, art, architecture, antiquities, Italy, the sea, flowers, R & B music and the beads.
Who is your favorite musical artist? (click the artist name to see a video)
I have so many, but at the moment I've been listening to a lot of Mary J. Blige, I love her!!!!
What are two of your favorite things from your shop?
This is so hard to say… I love all my piece they are my babies J but here are 2 of my favourites of the moment:
Purple Balagan - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13349610
Black Panther Necklace - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14987675
http://beadartoriginals.blogspot.com/ - newly formed group of amazing artists who create beads and who create with beads
http://etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com/ - wonderful group of talented bead-weavers
http://www.serafinibeadedjewelry.com/ - my favourite and most inspirational bead artist
http://www.bogal.biz/Default.aspx?L=EN – my favourite bead supplier
http://thelonebeader.com – amazing beaded art
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