Artist Profile: Ana Luisa Remelgado Gomes – Bead Artist and Jewels of January Contest Winner

Jewels of January Contest Winner: Ana Luisa Remelgado Gomes
Tell us about yourself:
My name is Ana and I’m 23. I’m from Portugal, living very close to the shore with my mother, my younger sister and our silly but loving 2-year-old cat. I’m a landscape architecture student; I’ve finished my graduation this past month and am now aiming for a master’s degree. My hobbies include reading, writing, role-playing, biking, beach/park walking, drawing, and of course, jewelry making.
How did you get interested in beading/jewelry making?
It was actually my boyfriend who suggested to me jewelry making as a new hobby, around 4 years ago. I was trying to improve my high school grades so I could get into college. I also used to dance, however, successive injuries kept preventing me from devoting myself to such activity. I was going through a hard time and in need of something else to keep me busy besides studying – something that wouldn’t require too much of me in a physical way. He knew I used to spend hours browsing online handmade jewelry galleries and threw the idea. And so, in the following months, I would be falling in love with jewelry making as a form of therapy, which helped me in letting my body and mind fully heal. I had to put it all aside when I got into college, because my course was too time consuming, but a few months ago I was able to revive it and here I am!
What are your favorite materials to use in jewelry making? 
That’s quite a hard question! Not sure if I can nominate just a few. Czech glass beads, pearls, lucite flowers and cabochons, Swarovski crystals, organza, vintage findings, artistic wire… I’m crazy for a lot of different materials and I love combining them – and thus playing with different textures. I would also like to have a try at resin and clay sometime in the future!
Who or what inspires your creative process? What inspired your winning design?
Jewels of January Winning Design!
As a landscape architecture student and a nature lover (not to say an actual tree-hugger!), I am always inspired by Mother Nature and the wonders she has to show and give. During my course, I’ve been taught to observe landscape at a higher level, and to try to understand it along with its components. So, to me, jewelry making takes it even further, as I always seek to deliver an ethereal, natural meaning to each piece I create. It’s like a form of meditation on all the natural wonders out there, be it single trees or flowers, scenery, ecosystems, or even a few natural phenomena. For this contest, I was inspired by an imaginary landscape of a dormant, snow-covered forest, dipped in chilling white-bluish hues of a cold winter night. It is something I have never really been able to watch, excluding in pictures, movies, or Christmas postcards. In other words, ‘Iced Forest’ represents kind of a wintery fantasy of mine.
Is there somewhere people can see/purchase your work?
I do have a couple of online sources where I display all my work and everyone is more than welcome to visit! But as I am still quite new to this huge, wonderful world of jewelry making, those sources are nothing more than my blog and my Facebook page. Also, portuguese is my main business language at the moment, but now that I have a few non-portuguese followers, I am currently working on this language issue. Besides, my next plans include opening an Etsy store (I didn’t want to take the risk and invest when I wasn’t sure of my possibilities) and a more versatile, accessible new website.
For now, feel free to browse my work through:

And I’ll be sure to let you know when I get my next steps sorted! :)