Below, you can read, in Shirley's own words, what she has to say about herself and her creations.
Hi, I’m Shirley and I have been designing & handcrafting Jewelry and novelties for over 10 years. I enjoy learning the latest techniques and keeping up with fashion trends. Growing up I always felt the need to accessorize. I never felt completely dressed until I put on my jewelry. Wearing a beautiful piece of jewelry is a great way to express your inner beauty. My goal is to design fashionable jewelry that anyone can afford. I hope my pieces make you feel beautiful as that was my intention when I made them.
What led you to start creating your art?
I always was into art as far back as I remember, but as an adult I loved jewelry and thought it would be cheaper if I made it and then gave it as gifts. Now I want others to love my jewelry.
Jewelry just fascinates me. It has been around for centuries, all the movie stars wear it, and it makes the person wearing it feel beautiful.
What aspect of creating your art do you find the most enjoyable?
The best part is going to a gem show and seeing just how many natural stones and beads are out there just waiting for you to develop into a masterpiece.
If you had to choose a fruit or vegetable to describe your work, what would it be and why?
If I have to pick a fruit, it would have to be the apple. To me it is the perfect fruit-it has beautiful shape and variances of color running through it.
What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art?
My message would be, as a woman you are only as beautiful as you feel your are. If jewelry can make you feel beautiful, than go for it!
What advice to you have for other artists?
I don't have real advice for other jewelry designers since I am not a great success story, but what is important is to have a dream and keep making that your vision!
THANKS, SHIRLEY for taking the time to give us an "insight" into you, as an artist, and your lovely creations. Be sure to visit SHIRLEY'S CREATIONS.