Your work is particularly subtle and gentle in appearance. What do you find most challenging about achieving this effect?
It can be a balancing act. I’m careful to stop short of too much. A piece can get overworked easily when using so many different things. It needs to stay quiet, but at the same time interesting.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Like many artists, I look to nature. I am always looking down when I walk, seeing little bits of gravel or layers of pavement and ice, or caught by the way the light might be hitting the surface of a leaf. I try to express my feelings about the “big” things in life by calling attention to the “little” things often overlooked.
What do you do when you struggle with inspiration?
Clean the studio! Sometimes it helps to do something else for awhile.
As an artist, what challenges do you encounter in making your work successful as a business?
It’s an ongoing struggle to attend to the bookwork, the marketing, the publicity, etc. It’s not a natural inclination or strength, but can’t be neglected, and it’s how I go about getting my work out there in front of people, which is really what I want to do. Making the artwork and running the business both can be draining, so again, it’s a matter of striking a balance.
What do you think are the best ways to market one-of-a-kind jewelry?
There are probably just as many ways as there are different types of one of kind pieces. My work fits well in gallery settings rather than as an accessory. I have had wonderful response at well regarded fine craft shows, where the audience is educated to seeing jewelry as art.
What advise do you have for other jewelry designers?
Keep yourself open to change – be flexible about what you do and how you approach selling or showing it. Stagnation is the death of creativity.
Deborrah's work has been published in a variety of publications and her work is shown at exhibitions including one just recently in Philadelphia. Check her website for updates on her work.