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I have been making jewelry for about 11 years. It started as a hobby, making presents for family and friends. Then, as Artbeads.com co-owner, I created the Learning Center to help people as they learn to make jewelry and understand how components work. I always want to try something new. I love scrapbooking, so my favorite style incorporates mixed media and collage. I enjoy using components in a very different way than how they are originally intended. As I search for inspiration I read a lot of magazines and books, but I am mainly inspired by the colors I see in beads, cloth and photographs.
I've been designing and creating jewelry in the fine jewelry industry for over 25 years and am now enjoying the beading world. I love the colors, materials, textures, the unlimited design possibilities and the instant gratification that it offers. My taste in jewelry and beads is eclectic. I am moved by color and texture and don't like to limit myself when it comes to style. Having said that, I tend to gravitate to organic materials and colors. I am inspired by nature, architecture, fashion, nostalgia, humor and other artists of all media.