Posts Tagged: jewelery

gcuk :: sneak peeks :: petitplat

I first discovered PetitPlat through my obsession with miniatures and especially with my love of fake food, so when I received her application to Got Craft? UK, I almost fainted. Well, maybe not quite, but there was a lot of hand waving, smiles and maybe a few screams of joy! The amount of effort and detail that Stéphanie puts into each clay sculpture is simply amazing especially when you realize that most of her work is smaller than a penny!

Meet Stéphanie and shop for miniature versions of your favourite food at Got Craft? London on Sunday, November 27th, 2011 from 11am-5pm at the Tooting Tram and Social!

all images from petitplat

i love :: A Alicia

I met Anna at Renegade last weekend and fell in love with her work. Apparently, so did my stall mates as a few hours into the show and they were all sporting one of her necklaces!

Necklaces are hand knit and stitched using organic fairtrade cotton and using vintage brass chain. She uses the same materials for her pom pom earring collection switching the brass for vintage white enamelled chain and handmade ear wires from recycled silver. You can check out her full collection here.

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featured artist :: heyday design

from the archives: 08.02.10

name: Claire Madill
company: heyday design
links: | 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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