20 Questions

Official artist bios are pretty impersonal, so in this post I answer 20 questions – some serious, some silly – so you can learn a little more about the real me!

How did you get started in your career as an artist?

Right after graduating from college, I was working as a management trainee for a company who ran college bookstores all over the United States.  They allowed trainees to fill in for permanent managers who needed an extended leave of absence (for surgery/maternity leave/etc.) to get hands on experience running a store.  I took several 2- or 3-week travel assignments, and while the staff in every location I worked were friendly enough, I was alone during most of my off time.  I started bringing craft projects on these assignments so that I had something to work on in the hotel room during my off time.  It was during one of these trips that I first tried making jewelry.

After a few years of making just an occasional piece here or there, friends and co-workers started expressing interest in buying some of the things I had made.  Eventually the jewelry buyer for the boutique where I worked asked about selling my work through the store, figuring that if the employees liked it, so would the customers.  That was what really started the snowball effect that turned my creative hobby into an artistic business.

How do your materials influence your work?

I’ll be the first to admit that I know nothing about the metaphysical properties of gemstones.  I pick the stones that I use because they fit a color palette that I want to create or because they have interesting shapes, but basically, I just try to pick things that are pretty.  I try design pieces that either feature unique gemstones in simple ways or use simple stones in unexpected ways.

Describe your work routine.

I’m a morning person, so I’m usually awake around 6am and start working around 7am.  My day is divided into production in the mornings, lunch, and then administrative tasks in the afternoon.  I try to block off time every Friday to work on new designs.

What is your favorite food?

In the last few years I’ve become obsessed with Indian food.  I recently learned how to make rogan josh, and I’m working on learning some other recipies!

What movies could you watch over and over again and still love?

Jurassic Park.  Indian Jones and the Last Crusade.  Shakespeare in Love.  Pitch Perfect.

Have you ever taken dance lessons?

I’ve taken swing, salsa, country two-step, line dance, jazz/hip hop, and ballet lessons.  Oh, and I was forced to do square dance lessons in junior high as part of PhysEd.  I love dancing, and wish I had been able to get into it sooner.

Have you ever won a spelling bee?

No, but one time I played a 92 point word in Words With Friends.  Does that count for anything?

You step outside and find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million.  What would you do?

First, I would seriously question where it came from since our house is so remote, so it’s not like someone walked by and dropped it…  But if I couldn’t figure out where it came from, I would claim the money, do the responsible stuff (pay the taxes, pay off my debts, etc.), but then I think I would travel A LOT.

What jewelry are you wearing?

You would think that being a jewelry designer, I would be fully accessorized all of the time, but most days I don’t wear any jewelry at all… not even my wedding rings.  Since I work with flames, files, and chemicals that could damage other jewelry, I don’t wear anything unless I’m going out.

What’s the weirdest dream you’ve ever had?

I almost always have weird dreams. Usually it’s one of two scenarios… either I dream about people I normally see/interact with doing unusual activities, or it’s people I don’t actually know (celebrities or other public figures) participating in my day-to-day life.  One of my more memorable dreams involved participating in a tv game show where I had to throw myself a wedding using only supplies bought at the dollar store near my college dorm.

What made up word would you incorporate into the English language if you could?

Rectoval.  My husband was trying to describe something that was “sort of rectangular, but also sort of oval” to me recently, so I coined the term “rectoval” and I feel like it’s a pretty useful word.  

*edit*  Apparently this word existed before I used it, but I swear I’ve never heard it before!

What’s your favorite line from a movie or book?

“Just then Neville caused a slight diversion by turning into a large canary.” from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.  This line has stuck in my head more than any line in any other book I’ve read since the year 2000.

Do you have any irrational fears, and if so, what are they?

Crickets.  Yes, I know they can’t hurt me, that’s why it’s irrational.

What do you do when you can’t fall asleep?

Ok, so this is kind of silly, but I imagine myself figure skating, and always in a blue flowy dress.  I picture myself smoothly gliding along the ice, doing little turns and jumps choreographed to soft classical music.  (I’ve only ice skated 2 or 3 times in my life, so I definitely can’t actually glide, or turn, or jump!)  This imaginary scenario always helps disengage my brain from whatever else I’m thinking about so that I can get to sleep.

Describe the worst haircut you ever had.

Well, I did it to myself.  I shaved my head with clippers with a one inch guard, and then I dyed it a dark chocolate brown.  The haircut itself wasn’t terrible, but I do NOT look good with my hair that short.  Or that dark.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

In high school, I washed dishes in a pizza/Mexican restaurant.   Yes, one restaurant that served both pizza and Mexican food.  In addition to washing the dishes, I frequently had to help prep the pizza dough.  Do you know what happens when you get flour on a wet apron?  Yuck.

If you could master one musical instrument, what would it be?

I’ve always thought it would be cool to be able to play the guitar.  There’s a lot of cool instruments out there, but I think guitars are the most practical.  I mean, it’s hard to imagine yourself sitting around a campfire with your friends, gently blowing on your French horn.

What’s your favorite piece of clothing that you own?

I am OBSESSED with embroidered jeans from Driftwood.  I have 6 pair.

What amazing thing did you do that no one else was around to see?

The other day I parallel parked LIKE A BOSS and literally no one saw it.