The name’s Gayle. I live in Northern Utah (longest I’ve lived anywhere now), but I still feel like I’m a New Yorker (both worlds of it–grew up a true Upstater and went to college in “The City”). I’ve been a rock-hound since I was a youngster and love the patterns in stones; I also find art in nature. That ‘art’ is what I use for my inspiration–both the stones as I work their patterns into necklaces and attempting to recreate scenes from nature in my work. I’ve been a “serious” (ie, it’s a business) jewelry designer for almost 10 years (anniversary coming up this autumn).
I love the outdoors–exploring nature as I hike/run trails with one of our sibes (yes, that’s them in my picture, Niki and Chilli (on her ‘throne’)). I find some of my focal pieces when I’m out on trails. The occasional stone will trip me–’asking’ to be taken home, cleaned up and wire-wrapped as a pendant. The breath-taking scenery of the US West is where I find some of my inspiration–when I remember to look up from rock-hounding, that is.
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Oooh…I am so ready for this color! Purples/orchids are my favorite. I have pearls (peacock) that shimmer with this and some amethyst that are rosier than bluish. At last, I can design for myself and still be designing for the business.
Mary–Absolutely taken in the best way. When I substitute teach at the middle school level I always declare myself as a science geek with enthusiasm. It makes the kids laugh and usually I see a few “secret” smiles from my fellow “geeks.”