Margo is a lover of peanut butter and jelly with a cat named Wednesday. In her featured interview she sweetly thanked us for the opportunity to show her work. All we can say is that you’re very, very welcome and we didn’t do anything – you did all the hard stuff!
I dream in color.
I have a cat named Wednesday.
I have a sarcastic sense of humor.
I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
What got you started crafting?
I broke up with my boyfriend at the time, and needed something to get my mind off of him! I bought a bung of beads, put them on some string and called it jewelry. Since then my technique has improved quite a bit! I started watching free tutorial videos online, and buying higher quality supplies.
In January, I launched my couture line of jewelry in my etsy shop. These are pieces of jewelry I made using some of the finest gemstones sterling silver, and gold vermeil. When I think back to when I was just stringing plastic and wood beads on fishing line, it always makes me smile.
What is your source of inspiration?
I am really inspired by color more than anything. I see a color, and I think- wow that would look great on a gold chain with this and that, and before you know it I have a necklace design.
My designs are mostly spur of the moment. When I try to plan out and sketch things, I get bored as it gets more complicated. I'm trying to get better at this, as I think it would help me cut down my supply costs in the long run. I'll often buy something on a whim because its pretty, then plan the piece around one bead, having to purchase the other supplies to go along with it. I am slowly getting better at my planning stages.
What have you made recently?
I am almost finished working on my largest couture necklace. It is a hand made chain of ivory freshwater pearls, all wire wrapped together. There is a point about 2 inches where I put some peach freshwater pearls, light blue aquamarine rondelles, black spinel, and crystal quartz. This necklace will be about 30 inches long.
Each bead is hand wire wrapped and connected to the next. It's been in the works for months now! I've just been working on it a little bit at a time.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
Right now I have my jewelry on etsy. I have a few pieces in the Mac Worthington Gallery in Columbus Ohio, and on their website. I also have some of my hair accessories in a local shop.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Being an artist, I love to support other artists. I just think handmade goods are more unique and special. If I want something, I'll usually wait until I can afford to buy it handmade instead of just going to a big chain store like everyone else.