Digital Beading Magazine Issue 12 - Page 27

DBM: What’s the creative process for you in terms of making your beads into a piece of jewellery?   DP: Once I have my inspiration, I take it to my focal beads or bead sets and pick out my focal/set - usually an artisan lampwork bead or a special gemstone. Then I get all my accent beads and findings out. All of them! Plop down in the middle of them all and start pulling things out to see what I like, what looks pretty, etc. Lay it all out. Try this, try that. Once I see a good pattern come together, I string and crimp. Sometimes I’ll take a design apart three or four times before I’m happy with it. DBM: Tell us about your lifestyle and how your jewellery-making fits into your lifestyle? DP: We are a christian family. We live in Washington State and love it. We have three pugs and two goats. We no longer run a full-time bead shop on eBay but we do sell a few jewellery supplies on our www.javabead.com website, as well as my husband’s boro glass lampwork beads and my artisan jewellery. I work full-time from home as a jewellery designer. I also handle all of our online sales, promotion, advertising and photography. I also dabble in graphic design - mostly creating logos and banners for my fellow bead and jewellery friends.   DBM: Where do you draw your inspiration from when creating? DP: Nature is my number one inspiration. And I think beads have a way of talking to you - at least they do to me. So, I’d have to say looking through my beads here at home or beads for sale online, really inspire me. I can look for hours - looking at the colours and patterns speak to me and inspire me to create. And my fellow jewellery designers inspire me too.   DBM: What do you enjoy most and least about the creative process? DP: I’d have to say seeing the finished piece come together - feels good. Especially the special designs - the kind where you know, that you know, you made something really unique. Then selling it. That completes the process for me. Knowing that someone appreciates the heart and time you put into what you make, feels really good. Makes you feel valued as an artist. What I enjoy least - I’d have to say when something doesn’t sell. It makes you feel pretty bad. I usually let something that doesn’t sell, sit for a year or two. Then, I’ll take it apart and either re-design or put the supplies back into my inventory. See Dhea and Russ Powers’ work online at these sites: www.javabead.com  www.etsy.com/shop/JavaBead www.facebook.com/javabead