All my life, for as far back as I can remember, I have been an artist of some sort. Drawing, painting, sewing, crafting, woodworking…you name it, I’ve tried it. In college I started out a fine arts major. I quickly became burnt out in the traditional fine arts. I guess it was kind of a writer’s block but for someone who drew instead of wrote. I just couldn’t draw a thing! Then I found photography and my creative world shifted. I earned my degree in photography and have shown my work in many art shows including a local art museum as part of a group of other aspiring artists. My life centered on my photography and my focus was photography. However, when my son was born, photography was beginning to change by leaps and bounds as the digital age came upon us. By the time my third child was born, photography had changed so much I barely recognized it anymore. That was ok. I now had three different little priorities in my life. They were the center of my life and demanded all my focus and time. However, by the time all three were in school I found myself in desperate need of a creative outlet. While cleaning one day I found a tool box full of bead weaving stuff and decided to pick it up again. I quickly went from weaving, to stringing, to wirework and before I knew it I had more jewelry than I knew what to do with. I started giving them as gifts to my family and friends and as a result they encouraged me to try to sell my work. I stumbled upon Etsy while surfing the web for venues and the rest is history!
I never sketch out a design. I am inspired by my materials. Usually a certain bead or a twist or curve of wire will spark a fury of “let’s try this” and “let’s try that” and lots of putting together and taking apart and putting together again until finally the piece is finished. I strive to make everything I create one of a kind and try never to repeat a design. My kids are still my priority. My daughter has even inspired my newest line of jewelry, The Little Diva’s Collection. She wants her ears pierced so badly that I decided to make her a pair of “training” earrings using clip-on findings. She loved them so much I was told I must make a pair for her friend’s birthday. I included a matching bracelet and the collection idea was born! My line of jewelry has developed and expanded over the years and as a direct result so has my knowledge and experience in the digital age of photography and design. As my need for beautiful images of my products has grown, so has the mastery of my skills in digital photography and Photoshop. I have developed my marketing and design skills, educated myself in website design and development and gained invaluable experience by designing packaging, logos and marketing materials not only for myself but for other businesses as well. I have found that i enjoy the creative process of design and overcoming the challenges that come up along the way.
Ever since photography’s big change I have had my hand in the computer arts learning on my own the adobe suite. From Photoshop to Illustrator and on to Dreamweaver I have honed my skills and have expanded my creative mind to include graphic and web design. I’ve designed brochures, business cards, catalogs; all the way up to large format trade show graphics and materials. My websites include company sites, personal sites, and eCommerce using Dreamweaver, Muse, and WordPress. I’ve taught myself how to code and am currently learning what is needed to expand into the UX field. Nothing can stop my creative process!
It’s funny how one thing leads to another and how everything builds on and with itself. hmmm…wonder what else i can do, and learn and make and design and create…