Posts Tagged: earrings

featured artist :: faire by keikocreative

from the archives: 11.24.10

name: Keiko Lee-Hem
company: Faire by KeikoCreative
links: web | facebook

What do you make?
I make jewellery that’s close to the earth without being too earthy. As described by Vancouver Magazine, I “pair clay and precious metal to delicate effect”. I try to design jewellery that is simple, elegant and natural and reflects my design aesthetic, love of the handmade and the natural world.

What or who inspires you?
Always nature! Bundling up and walking around my neighourhood on a rainy day; pilgrimages to the seaside; getting up close with my macro lens and capturing the perfect patterns and colour combination created by nature. I am always inspired by the simplicity, purity and joy of Lotta Jansdotter’s work.

How did you get started?
I started with my love of making things, wanting to be unique and not too influenced by whatever the current trend was. The next step was discovering that people liked the things that I made. Then getting involved with other creative makers, signing up for craft fairs, and organizing them myself! Then it’s all about staying focused and inspired and not stopping.

What are your favourite materials to work with?
I love getting down and dirty with clay. My current line of jewellery is really delicate so I can keep pretty clean making hundreds of little clay circles, but I’ll be branching out into some home products made on the pottery wheel that I hope to launch this summer. I get pretty muddy working on the wheel!

Do you have any advice for those in the biz?
Start retailing slowly. For my current line, I’ve still only got one retailer (Walrus on Cambie Street). The owners Caroline and Daniel are totally supportive and willing to give me advice on ways to improve my product and share feedback from their customers. Starting slowly gives me time to work out any kinks in my product before I introduce it to a wider audience.

indie i do :: authentique design

Working with both new and old materials, Authentique Design uses vintage findings and semi-precious stones to create handmade pieces. Inspired by the time period of the 1930s to the 1980s, she recycles and reworks old pieces whenever possible to create modern designs with vintage appeal. Come meet Hailey at Indie I Do on Saturday, January 28th, 2012 at the Heritage Hall from 11-5pm. She can work with you and your bridal party to create a one of a kind necklace or incorporate a cherished piece into something new for your special day!

Visit her etsy shop here or meet her in person at Indie I Do! You can still win a pair of tickets over here!

featured artist :: heyday design

from the archives: 08.02.10

name: Claire Madill
company: heyday design
links: heydaydesign.ca | shop

What do you make?
I work in ceramics – I make molds of found, mostly vintage, forms and translate them into fine porcelain objects. These are currently taking the form of vintage canning jars. Also, I make countless variations of earrings and brooches from the positive and negative patterns on the bottom of vintage glass pickle dishes. I am also currently working on a series of porcelain lights…

What or who inspires you?
I definitely get inspired when I go thrift-store shopping – seeing what I can find and how I can use these found snippets of information and translate it into something else. I am super-inspired by the people I know who are successfully make their living creating things with their hands.

How did you get started?
Before going to Emily Carr, I took some ceramics classes at a community centre in Ottawa. While studying at Emily Carr, I found a fantastic community of people; it was easy to be completely immersed in ceramics. Participating in the annual student show + sale was great experience for making and selling my work.

What are your favourite materials to work with?
I love the translucency of porcelain, of course. But I’d also have to say plaster is a favourite – I can’t believe I’m writing that, but it’s actually true now. It’s the material I need to make my molds so that I’m able to make what I make. It helps that i’ve gotten waaaaay better at mold-making so it’s not the disastrous chore it used to be!

I kind of have a thing for platinum lustre, too – it adds a bit of glamorous detail to the situation.

What is the hardest and most favourite part of crafting?
Hardest: the long hours and how physically hard on my body my work can be. Favourite part: meticulous fine details really satisfy the obsessive/compulsive part of my personality…

featured artist :: fibre manipulator

from the archives: 01.09.09

name: Stephanie Menard
company: Fibre Manipulator
links: portfolio | shop

What do you make?
Unique Jewellery using vintage and recycled fabric with gold and sterling silver elements and sometimes vintage beads. Felt portrait dolls, needle felted dolls, recycled fabric fingerless gloves and accessories.

What or who inspires you?
I often get design ideas from my dreams, so do I inspire myself? Maybe. Successful female entrepreneurs, repetitive patterns in nature, my cats, Art History.

How did you get started?
I started making beaded necklaces when I was 8 and have been a painter, “sculpey”-tor since birth I think. Floating along from crappy retail job to summer camp lifeguard job I didn’t realize I could do what I love and get paid for it until much later.

After falling in love with sculpture in the Langara Fine Arts program I went to VCC for Jewellery Art and Design; which is essentially small scale sculpture. I stumbled into textiles when I needed a jewellery break after school. Now I mix my two loves together and have a great time making shiny pretty textured things. My fickle nature means I’ll probably incorporate some new techniques often. I just picked up needle felting this year and am really into it. There is so much to learn, how does anyone pick just one technique to master?!

What are your favourite materials to work with?
Delicate vintage lace, luminescent peridot beads, ornate kimono fabric, merino sliver, vintage beads, inventiveness, problem solving.

Do you have any advice for those in the biz?
Don’t guard your secrets. Share what you have learned with others and you will learn from them as well. Let’s all help eachother become better business people. Networking equals getting together with new friends over a bottle of wine or some snacks and being inspired.

Art vs. Craft – Are these terms different? Do you consider yourself an artist or a crafter?
I don’t want there to be a difference. I am an Artist and a Crafter. There used to be a big divide between high art and everything else but I believe the DIY movement has shortened that gap. I have always had as much respect for ceramics, jewellery and textiles (all traditionally female crafts) as I have for painting, drawing and sculpture. I think the art world and our generation of artists is moving in that direction and I’m glad.

(photo images courtesy of Stephanie Menard)

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it’s your life – feature #7

from the archives: 20.07.09

name: Nicole Tirona
company: It’s Your Life
links: shop | blog

What do you make?
I make costume jewelry and sometimes I sew pouches and other bits.

What or who inspires you?
My need to make something, but mostly, my need to make a living.

How did you get started?
I started selling stuff online when I was not able to work yet in Canada.

What are your favourite materials to work with?
I love finding the nicest vintage for my jewelry, like wicked cameos and perfect lockets, strange and well made charms of past eras. When sewing, I like to use new Japanese printed cottons and linens.

What is the hardest and most favourite part of crafting?
The hardest part for me is finding the motivation to continually make new designs and inventory over and over again. My favorite part would have to be creating new designs that are pleasing and well balanced to my eye.

Do you have any advice for those in the biz?
Keep trying, keep a record of stuff you made so you can see how your work progresses, dont just always ask othercrafters how to make stuff or where to get stuff, be resourceful, join as many fairs as you can and have fun.

Art vs. Craft – Are these terms different? Do you consider yourself an artist or a crafter?
I am going to say these two are very different. I went to art school and what I am doing now is definitely craft. Though how I make the stuff, my process, how the materials dictate what the outcome will be, I believe that to be art.

(photo images courtesy of Nicole Tirona)

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