Featured Designer | Erica Visocky
Name: Erica Visocky
Company Name: Lily James Designs
City & State: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Q: Do you have a method or source you look to use for inspiring your designs?
A: I use nature a lot of the time. Sometimes I will work in something I saw in a fashion magazine or a new technique I learned but I really like to keep things simple and show the material off.
Q: How often do you work on your jewelry designs?
A: Almost daily. I may not get to get my fingers in my beads and stones everyday, but I am always reading and learning new techniques and trends.
Q: How would you describe your design style or technique?
A: I like very natural colors and combinations. I like to theme my pieces to nature and the season. My favorite technique is stitching. I really love right angle weave due to its versatile nature and it’s quick to stitch! Lately, wire has been growing on me, too.
Q: Do you work in any other mediums beside jewelry design?
A: I am a jack-of-all-trades. I also design paper crafts, paint, do a little floral design. One of my passions is cooking and baking. I love to develop new recipes and post them on my blog.
Q: What is your favorite stone to work with and why?
A: One of the stones I work with most often is moonstone. I love its colors and fire. Really, I love them all. How can you choose just one?!?
Q: What is your favorite shape/ size to work with and why?
A: For me, I think I love rounds. They are very easy to use and with just 4mm and 6mm beads, you can have a great design.
Q: If you could pick one person living or not to wear your jewelry who would it be and why?
A: I would love to design jewelry for Elizabeth Taylor. She had such an appreciation for it.
I started beading with a kit from a local festival. I wasn’t happy with its simple outcome and took it into a local bead store and I was hooked. I have been beading for almost 20 years and I work in a variety of materials and techniques. My favorite beads are stones and crystals and my favorite technique is stitching.
I am currently co-editor of the Simply Beads Newsletter and in the process of writing my first book.
I live in my hometown of Fort Wayne, IN with my husband and three boys.
Check out Erica online at: http://www.lilyjamesdesigns.com/