What is your name and what is your business name?
My name is Lisa Johnson and my business is Beachcomber Designs.
How long have you been an artist and how did you get started?
I’ve enjoyed making things for as long as I can remember. I loved craft when I was young. I remember doing those string art things (you know the ones, Stefani!) and getting so much satisfaction from it. When I started Beachcomber, I was selling children’s sweater kits. I resurrected it about 15 years ago with making handmade jewelry.
Explain a little bit about your process.
I work with bead weaving and in silver. The two different processes work well for me because I don’t always feel like doing one or the other, and I can switch it up according to how I feel. I really enjoy working in both ways.
Metal clay is great because it’s so versatile and you can get great results. I sometimes combine it with found objects, like beach glass and pebbles.
Bead weaving is also very versatile; and it has such a long, rich history. It takes a lot of patience and is very meditative.
What’s the comment heard most often about your art?
People are often surprised that my glass comes from Lake Ontario. Also, many people have a beach glass story of their own. It’s a great conversation starter!
What is one thing people find surprising in how your art is created?
Sometimes they haven’t heard of metal clay, or don’t really understand how it works. It’s surprising how much detail you can get with this technique.
What’s the one tool you couldn’t live without, in creating your art?
My Dremel. It changed my life.
How has your art changed over time?
My first pieces were done in macramé and antique beads and buttons. There are so many cool techniques for making jewelry; I’d like to try them all. But, the techniques I’m currently using will keep me challenged for a long time.
What’s your favorite part of making your pieces?
My favorite part is seeing a new design finished for the first time. It’s always a surprise.
Making earring tops – Although, I don’t really hate it.
What’s your dream project?
I don’t have one at this point. I do have some new directions I’d like to pursue. We’ll see . . .
Where is your art available for purchase?
You can purchase directly from my Beachcomber Designs website and you can shop locally at these fine stores and galleries. I post some of my newest one-of-a-kind pieces on my Beachcomber Designs Facebook page too.
I can also be reached by email at email@example.com.