Hello designers, and welcome to this month's Spotlight!
Halcraft Collection is excited to announce Kim Drake as our October Spotlight Designer. She has a flair for color and enjoys creating magical wire wrapped earrings and necklaces! Her designs are inspirational, full of vibrant hues, and exciting patterns.
Read on to learn more about Kim and delightful creations featuring Bead Gallery® beads by Halcraft Collection.
When did you first start beading? Tell us about yourself.
I really started concentrating on my jewelry business when I retired from my career two years ago. Creativity has always flowed through my veins. Even as a child, I would go to my grandmother’s house (she was an artist) and create little works of art. My fascination with beads and wire started during my high school years. I would design earrings and gift them to my friends. Life happened, and I quit making jewelry for several years. I regained my crafting passion 5 years ago. It all started a really cool beaded necklace that my sister gave me. This beautiful bauble inspired me to create again. Personally, I love jewelry! It’s a rare day you won’t see me wearing earrings.
Tell us about your jewelry business.
My jewelry business is called Kdee Designs. I opened my Etsy shop, Kdeedesigns1, in 2014. My career as a designer didn’t take off until I joined Instagram @Kdeedesigns in December 2018. I refer to my jewelry making journey as a hobby gone wild! It really didn’t start as a business. I was creating jewelry for myself, as well as family and friends. They suggested I should start selling my creations.
What is your favorite that you've recently finished and why is it your favorite?
It is so hard to pick one design. Each creation has a special place in my heart! My favorite projects to create are earrings! I recently added bead weaving to my wire wrapping. I really enjoy how creative you can be with color and design when weaving with seed beads.
What are your favorite beading techniques and materials?
Most of my jewelry is wire wrapped, so I would say working with wire is my favorite beading technique. However, I am also really enjoying bead weaving. Some of my most loved materials are juicy gemstones, seed beads, and Czech glass.
What are some of your favorite beads or components on the Halcraft Collection website?
This is a tough decision because I love so many things on the Halcraft Collection website. My absolute favorites are Czech glass fire-polished and crystal beads. Be sure to check out their Czech glass dagger beads also! These beads add a hint of sparkle to my designs, and it’s so fun browsing Halcraft’s extensive selection of glass beads in a rainbow of colors!
Where do you get your beading inspiration? What most inspires you?
I gather inspiration from everyday life. Recently, I painted a room in my house and had to run over to Home Depot. I spent my time looking at paint swatches instead of getting the paint. It was so fun pondering all the color combinations I could include in my designs. Another unconventional way I gather inspiration is from fabric. It's such a pleasure to look at the materials used in fashion and come up with color combos. Other artist's creations also inspire me to think up new designs and color schemes.
Do you have any tips for the readers regarding building their social media reach? I’m shocked by the support I have received from the Instagram community. Over the years, many people recommended opening an Instagram account. Never in my wildest dreams did I believe my Insta would take off the way it has. When I started in December 2018, I reached out to many artists on IG with a large following. I asked, “What would you recommended to grow my account?” This is was their advice... Post daily, use lots of relevant hashtags, and comment on other artisans images. People are more likely to look at your page if you leave a comment on their post.
What jewelry trends are you excited to incorporate into your beadwork?
Metal components are trending in the beading world. I’m really excited to incorporate more metalwork into my designs. I plan to enroll in a few classes soon and learn how to create my own components.
Seed beads are also super popular! I would like to try my hand at more elaborate bead weaving designs. Look for more inspiring jewelry coming your way soon!
Kim resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest - Portland, Oregon
Can you believe that Kim was a parole officer?
She loves animals! She has 2 dogs, 3 cats and a turtle. Well, the turtle is actually her daughters but it lives at her house!
Her greatest support is her husband of 24 years.
Kim loves crafting with her grandchildren!
As you can see in her designs, Kim loves colors.
She has 62K followers on Instagram!
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Denise Yezbak Moore is a self-taught artisan. She is a senior jewelry designer for Halcraft Collection and loves to create jewelry with bohemian flair. Denise resides in Orange County, California, and enjoys hearing from fellow beaders worldwide. Be sure to follow her on Instagram @deniseyezbakmoore