I love jewelry, and I like to use recycled materials, from fabrics to plastics and various metals. Jewelry is in the eye of the beholder; it does not always have to be diamonds and gold. When I have access to a jewelry studio and a kiln, I work in metals, mostly enamels, but COVID-19 has kept me at home this year working with felt scraps. Creating jewelry has always been helpful in my job as an interior designer. One of my first design jobs was a retail store called Design Center, which eventually led to a full-time job as licensed interior designer.
Fiber artist Diana Taylor, inventor of Ficklesticks, has been an architecture aficionado since early childhood. She returned to Little Rock, Arkansas, in 2008 after spending the previous five years in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her designs were sold in artisan galleries, boutiques, and museum gift shops, such as the Museum of Arts and Design and the American Folk Art Museum in New York City; the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco; the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Terri Parson lives in Heber Springs with her “maker” husband (Crystal Forest Instruments) and their energetic miniature schnauzer. They moved from Nebraska to the Ozark foothills in 2007 to enjoy beautiful Greers Ferry Lake and the abundant natural resources of Arkansas. Parson and her husband enjoy traveling and exploring the natural world, which energizes her creativity. She works out of her home studio tucked away in the forest. She has been a juried member of the Arkansas Craft Guild since 2009.
I was raised in Osceola, Arkansas, and I have lived in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Little Rock for all my adult life. My career has been very diverse, from social worker to Army officer, and for the last twenty-five years I have been in real estate development. My formal art education is limited, so I am primarily self taught.
Cindy Snow Kopack’s first loves were the outdoors and the biological sciences. Her obsession with jewelry making began by taking a class in silversmithing at the Arkansas Craft School in Mountain View in early 2018. Since then, she has continued her education with classes at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts in Little Rock as well as the Arkansas Craft School with many accomplished metalsmiths and metal clay artists.