Let me tell you, some of my favorite creations are in my Snappy Couture line of jewelry. One-of-a-kind, and very labor intensive, these designs allow me to let my creativity out to push the limits of lace-making. When I was a little girl I wanted to be an architect, interior designer or a clothing designer…or a zookeeper (until I found out you don’t get to just play with the animals). To me, creating wearable works of art satisfies both the artistic designer and the analytical engineer in me, effective use of both sides of my brain!
There are over 25 different pieces of Snappy Couture all over the world. And the collection is continuously being added to. One Snappy Tatter follower requested a smaller version of the Full Bloom bouquet necklace that was more affordable for her.
I worked within her budget and was able to design a smaller rose bouquet using the same colors, smaller flowers and tighter Aspen leaves instead of the Oak that are in the original. The leaves are tatted together for a super durable base. The flowers are hand sewn into the design. I love the 3-D pop up effect of my roses! At her request, I added ivory Swarovski pearls instead of gold ones and finished the necklace with Sterling Silver jewelry components and ivory ribbon. The beading is minimal. There are only a few matte green/bronze seeds down the center veins of the leaves. Petite Full bloom is one of those designs that only needs a little embellishment because the lacework is the showstopper!
I entered a contest for jewelry designers last week. My effort is to get my work noticed by the panel of celebrity judges to fulfill my dream of “Snappy Tatter on the Red Carpet”. I entered my Couture necklace “Full Bloom” trying to knock the socks of off, well, everybody. I also entered a small wreath pendant from 2011 thinking that since the theme is “holiday necklaces”, the Wreath may get more votes. The unfortunate part is that the voting is based on appearance alone. No one knows my work is tatting or that it is the result of tying knots for many many hours. They just see the finished piece. Turns out both of these very different designs are getting attention. Yay!
I need the help of all my supporters and followers, fans, family and peeps! The more 5 star votes I get from the general public the more likely my work will make the final judging round in front of the professional panel of designers. I could win money but more importantly, I could win recognition.
Voting is free. You do not need to sign up for anything or enter any information. Just visit http://www.andthedesignwinneris.com and click the stars on Full Bloom and the Wreath on pages 2 and 3 of the gallery. You can only vote once for each entry. Every vote is so important. There are some beautiful designs in the galleries that I am competing with. All of you know that I put my heart and soul into my work, that my designs are original and take a considerable amount of time to create and that I am living my dream one knot at a time! I thank you all so very much for your support!