This interview, with Linda Foust, is from September 2015
1. Tell us a little about yourself
I grew up in Kansas City, Mo. I have a daughter and a son, four granddaughters and one great grandson. I am the oldest of 4 siblings, I turned 63 this year. My inspiration came from taking a jewelry making class when I was laid off about 7 years ago. I figured it would fill my empty hours in a day. To my surprise I fell in love with it. I have always been creative in one way or another. I have had Poetry published and won 5 Editors Choice Awards for 5 of the 9 that were published. I have done artwork, woodworking, crocheting and now jewelry making. The jewelry making gives me the opportunity to take my imagination to some wonderful places and share them with others.
2. What is your dream project?
My dream project would be to afford the beads that I would love to create something spectacular with.
3. What has been your greatest challenge so far and how did you overcome it?
My greatest challenge is dealing with customers. I do very well on line because they cannot see my expressions of disgust in some of their outrageous request/comments. I had a lady that no matter what I made, there was always something she wanted different or she would claim she broke it, so of course, I needed to fix it. Because I had just started out I did EVERYTHING to please her including giving her free items to match whatever it was she purchased. This went on for months to a year total. Then the last purchase she made I wrapped it tripple bubble wrap yet she still claimed there was something wrong and returned it for a replacement. I decided then, that was enough. I replaced her item and told her thank you for her business but I would not be dealing or selling to her any longer. This year she contacted me after a year, and asked that I Specially make her an item. I went on line, I found the item she wanted and I sent her the link and told her it would be cheaper for her to purchase it somewhere else. Enough was enough!
4. What is the greatest gift that jewelry-making has given you?
The greatest gift has been being able to express myself through my jewelry art making. Whether it be simple, elegant or extreme.
My passion is to be Creatively Unique.
Desire – My Desire is to Create something the public will purchase & enjoy. Something to give them a lasting Memories. All my items are meticulously handcrafted to be like no other, with a character, charm and spirit of its very own. The combinations are dazzling and endless, offering a splendid array of choices to find a perfect match for their own unique personality.
I design and make jewelry into artful pieces.. I also take Special Request of all sorts of combinations.
5. What words of wisdom do you have for someone beginning to make jewelry?
My words to a new jewelry maker, don’t give up. People will discourage you but there are some wonderful people out there to encourage and give you drive you will need. Don’t hinder yourself either, success will be blissful. I am looking forward to it myself.