Digital Beading Magazine Issue 15 - Page 25

Sally Stevens Sally Stevens DBM: Sally, we love your mix of metal tones and enamDBM: When did jewellery-making become your passion? eled finishes – how would you best describe your jewellery style? Sally: I spent some time in San Francisco (SF) in my 20’s and there I found a “bead” shop that rocked my world! I have been Sally: My style has evolved over years of working with a making jewellery ever since. variety of materials. The vast majority of my pieces include colors and forms inspired by nature. Some of my lines of DBM: What were your first attempts like? jewelry are traditional and some have a more modern appearance. Sally: The bead shop employees in SF showed me how to make eye pins from thin wire, so I spent all my free time DBM: What comes first for you, when you create – a bead stringing purchased beads onto my eye pins and linking them shape which then inspires a design, a colour, a metal? together to make choker necklaces. I sold them for $2-4 each.  Sally: I am frequently inspired by Shannon’s beads and will often design a piece around them using wire, clay or sheet. DBM: How has your work progressed over the years? Sally: From making simple beaded chokers, I moved into DBM: What’s the design process for you? Do you sketch? stringing gemstones and crystals. When Shannon started making her own glass beads I started working with wire to design jewellery that incorporated both of our artistries. Now, Sally: I rarely sketch on paper but do sketch in my mind and then just start creating. Often the result is quite different I incorporate metal-working techniques, enamels and metal clay as well. than planned…Some of my favourite pieces resulted from near disasters during the process. DBM: What do you think are your strengths as an artist? DBM: Have you always been a creative person? What was Sally: I am driven by a need to create and feel confident in my your first creative love? eye for form and colour. About 10 years ago I found a niche Sally: Yes, I have always craved the creative process and find in teaching students jewellery-making techniques. I truly it therapeutic. My first real creations were wax candles. But, enjoy sharing skills and seeing their successes. Teaching has over the years, I have studied and experimented in many art also prompted me to continue my own education in jewellery forms - especially painting and photography. making skills.