DBM: Tell us about your creative background – were you a creative child? And when did you start making jewellery? SC: Creativity has always been present in my life. When I was a child my favourite season of the year was Christmas, and not because of the presents, but because I could help with the crafts and decorations at home - floral design was one of my favourite things to do, especially when I needed to relax. But I must say that I never saw myself making jewellery. In fact, it came as my mother’s suggestion to do as a therapy when I was recovering from a very severe pancreatic disease. At first I resisted, but gradually it became part of my life so much that it is my full time job now. DBM: What do you enjoy most about beadwork? SC: I think the creative process. Most of the time I have to draw my designs or at least I need to have a clear idea of what I want, to get to know the materials and colours, the stitches and techniques I am going to use. This, for sure, is time consuming, but I enjoy it so much that it goes by very fast. DBM: What were your first attempts at beading like? SC: To say it in a few words, I have a box full of unfinished objects as a result of learning. I remember the time when a simple herringbone stitch rope took me three full days to complete.