Diane Zigabarra9:00 AM
Crafts projects were always one of my favorite things to do in my free-time while growing up. However, in the last few years my main focus has been jewelry designing. Wire work, stringing, the loom and knitting are my favorite methods to create jewelry to-date.
In 2010, I decided to start participating in a few jewelry making contests. By participating I gained a wealth of knowledge that is invaluable to me. And for the last three years, I feel very fortunate to have placed in the top ten with Soft Flex Company. All of their challenges helped me to think outside of my comfort zone and expand my horizons as a jewelry maker. I’m really thankful for that. So when I found out that Jamie Hogsett and Sara Oehler were publishing a new book called “Show Your Colors” I naturally wanted to purchase one to show my support.
Since then, I designed a few more pieces. One of them is an amazonite necklace called “Paradise“. This project is scheduled to be featured in the Bead Trends Magazine - July 2013 issue under Fashion Favorites. This is really exciting for me. I’m really thankful that they chose my design to publish and I hope everyone likes it. In the near future, I look forward to doing more publishing and selling some of my jewelry online.
To conclude, I want to especially thank Sara Oehler for being so kind, helpful and inspirational to me this year. You have helped me grow as a designer and I’m so thankful.