Vicki Star is one of my favorite beadwork artists. She lives at Whispering Meadows, in Diamond, Ohio, on 5 acres, with woods all around. Vicki has written a lot of amazing beadwork books (A Peyote Stitch Primer, A Netting Primer, A Bead and Weave Primer, Beading with Peyote Stitch, Beading with Herringbone Stitch and others).
Visit Vicki's personal website: http://vickistar.com
Vicki has answered my questions, here's our conversation:
How/When did you start beading?
I learned how to do loomwork with a cigar box and crow beads, (in Camp Fire Girls) when I was 8 years old.
What's your favorite stitch?
My new favorite is Herringbone (Ndebele) stitch, my old favorite is Peyote (gourd) stitch.
What inspires you as a beader?
Nature, color, sparkle, beauty, rhythm, creativity... but mostly - the beads!
Do you have any beads you don't know what to do with?
Sure! [grin] But they'll find a use one day.
Who is your favourite beadwork artist? I don't have a favorite - there are so many fabulous artists. And I'm so bad with names! I hope I get these right... Margo Fields, Virginia Blakelock, David Chatt, Chris Prussing, to name a few, and many more that I've met at shows or who were students in my classes over the years.
Which beading book is your personal favorite?
Horace Goodhue's "Indian Bead-weaving Patterns" and Virginia Blakelock's "Those Bad, Bad, Beads" are old favorites. Then there's Joyce Scott's "Fearless Beadwork".
Copyright is a huge issue on the internet. How do you feel about people stitching up your designs for pin money?
I'm fine with people using my patterns to make beadwork to sell, so long as they include a card or tag giving me credit for the design.
What about interchange of scanned books between people living in different countries? I really don't like it. While I realize it happens, I think that it's getting to the point where we can order books from all over the world without too much trouble. However, I do like spreading and sharing knowledge, and knowing that people all over the world are reading books that I wrote. :) If I didn't have to pay rent, and buy food, I would give my books away!
Do you bead while watching TV, or while listening to music? What shows or type of music?
Yes! I like watching movies I've already seen. Otherwise, I spend too much time actually LOOKING at the TV. When I listen to music, it's usually (but not always) rock. I like listening to internet radio from all over the world.
Where do you usually bead?
On my beading table in my studio, or on the couch in front of the TV.
What cultural influences do you think have the strongest influence on your designs?
Hmmm.... Let's see. Are Art Deco and Art Nouveau cultural influences? I like flowers and bugs and clean lines. Any culture with beadwork influences me, but I like modern variations, rather than traditional beadwork.
Do you have a strong aversion to any colors? Colors that are hard for you to design with? A strong preference?
I have a hard time using warm colors (especially orange). They find their way into my beadwork as accent colors, but rarely as the focal colors. I tend to work with purples, teals, gold and black most of the time. Love those cool jewel tones!
Do you wear your own beadwork?
Yes! Almost exclusively.
What are you interested in (except beads :)? Do you teach, write articles? I like lots of different art/craft forms. I love paper arts, making paper, books, cards, boxes, Origami, and other paper goodies. I like making miniature teddy bears and dolls. I'm into digital photography. Belly dancing is fun. Live music, reading, nature, playing on my computer, are some of the other ways I spend my time. I teach a few classes right now - I hope to teach lots more in the near future. I'm always working/playing with new ideas for classes and projects. I've started working on another bead book. My webstore and blog are keeping me busy.