Victoria Deering brings her love of mixed media and jewelry design to Gulf Coast MakerCon 2015 with her company, Frenzy Beading. She took some time to tell us a bit about her work, how she got started, and what she’s bringing to Gulf Coast MakerCon.
GCMC: Who are and what do you make?
VD: I am a certified jewelry Instructor who makes and designs handcrafted jewelry and also DIY projects with Mixed Media. I started making jewelry roughly 13 years ago by simply helping a friend and her daughter make friendship bracelets. It was “entertaining” but I never thought where that would lead to. One day soon after that, I went to an craft store and noticed a “make your own” bracelet kit on sale so I bought it. It was fairly easy to make so a week later, I bought a necklace kit. I then invested in some tools and today, I am a mad woman in her studio working away making the most basic pair of earrings to hammering metal and trying to come up with different ways of creating something fun to wear.
GCMC: Why do you make it?
VD: It is a form of release for me to relax and bring out my creative side. It keeps everything balanced for me and find it to be very relaxing. Some people enjoy reading a book, I enjoy learning new techniques and teaching others how to get their creative juices flowing.
GCMC: Why do you think it’s important or worth doing?
VD: Teaching is great when teaching to those who couldn’t think they could do it. Seeing their expressions on a piece they made on their own is a great reward to me. When I teach someone to make something and they see the end result of what “they” did, I see that sense of accomplishment on their face, proudness and they are eager to take it home to show it to their family and friends. To see that, is satisfaction to me. I love helping others learn, create as well myself learning from others as well.
GCMC: What are you bringing to Gulf Coast MakerCon?
VD: I am bringing some of my handmade jewelry pieces as well as some of my DIY projects/canvas of mixed media, fairies, Tree of Life sun catchers and some of my DIY handmade jewelry displays.
I will also be providing on the spot jewelry repair, adjustments etc.. So, if you or anyone you know have any pieces of jewelry that needs repairs or maybe you want to salvage a piece but perhaps want to change the style of it, just bring it over and let me take a look at it.
Also with the school year coming to an end, I do custom orders for homecoming/prom so if you have a dress and need matching jewelry pieces to go with it, let’s talk. Bring a pic of the dress or a picture of a type of design you would like and we can see what I can get worked out for you. I am looking forward to see all the creative people out there and making new friends/colleagues and networking.
Discounted Early Bird Tickets are on sale through March 31, to see Victoria’s great work and all our other makers. Get yours today, and bring that jewelry that needs repair when you come!