1. Please tell us your name and the name of your business.
Karin of Sunset Gems
2. What can shoppers expect to see at the Birds of a Feather Fair from your booth?
I make jewelry with semi-precious stones, crystals and sterling silver, pewter and copper
3. Tell us some more about yourself.
I am a professional faux finisher (decorative painter) by trade and have been doing this for approximately 20 years. Always having had a love of all things nature, I decided to try my hand several years ago with making gemstones...some that I even mined myself!...into jewelry. It is a passion that actually started when I was a little girl and my dad brought home a box of beautiful polished gemstones from one of his many travels abroad. I've always been fascinated by natural beauty in colors of stones, sunsets, clouds, flowers, etc. If something I put together doesn't “flow”, I have to start over and it isn't complete until it looks like something I just couldn't live without! My greatest inspirations are people I have known and love, places I have been in my life and the animals that are some of my favorite little companions (yes, we have seven furry little kids!!). My husband, mother and step-father are my biggest supporters and usually one of them accompanies me to my shows and gemstone hunts. My sister, who sadly succumbed to a short battle with breast cancer in 1998, was also a huge support and inspiration to me and several of my pieces have been named after things that remind me of her! I hope that people enjoy wearing my pieces as much as I enjoy making them!!