I’ve always thought of myself as a creative person. I LOVED arts and crafts time as a kid more than anything else. I remember going out with friends in the fall - we would go outdoors and pick multi-coloured leaves off the ground. We would sketch, paint or press them into some sort of creation and then I would run home to show my parents. They were always so impressed, or at least they pretended to be, bless them. I also loved to make dresses for my Barbie’s, out of anything I could find and was always trying to write songs or poems. It never exactly made me cool in school, but it didn't matter, nothing ever took away my love for all things artistic.
In high school, I took every art class I could find; painting, photography, art history and media arts. I loved painting most of all – even though, I can’t say I am a naturally good artist, I can't always replicate the world around me well, abstract work was more my thing, you know? But I just loved how being immersed in painting removed all sense of time. How everything in my mind would get absolutely quiet – no worries, no insecurities, and no to- do lists. For those few hours that I was working on something it was as if I was somewhere far away – and at the same time living in that very specific moment. That sounds strange, I know, but those feelings seem to overlap when your mind is quiet like that.
Anyway, the point is that I love creating and throughout my life that has taken on different forms. Sometimes it has been through painting and other times through decorating my home, renovating an office, or even creating spreadsheets that I use everyday. These days I am finding joy in jewellery making - I am OBSESSED!
The thing is, there are so many different styles, techniques and approaches to it! I still have so much to learn, but that is exactly the best part. I am already so much better than when I started. I've got the basics down, but I hope eventually to be making fine jewellery (as in with fine metals; Gold, Silver etc.) so there is still a long way to go!
I lean towards simplistic and slightly modern designs - although I’m still trying to figure out exactly my style as a maker, I wanted to show you guys some of my favourites so far.
The necklace above was time consuming! It has a lot of different parts, for example each bead has to be put on a wire and added to separate small pieces of chain. Then I grouped a series of jump rings together to create a flower like shape and added those to chain as well, then everything is assembled together.
This bar pendant necklace is really simple, which is what I like about it. It looks really good layered with shorter ones, or with simple tops. I really like the heart charm on this but I think a pretty coloured bead would also be nice.
This is my absolute favourite one! I used small handmade Chinese knots (made with Polyester) as an accent with the silver chain. I grouped them together in groups of 3 and 7. I then handmade the long tassel pendant and added a series of small beads to the top.
I used two different chains to create this layered necklace, I went back and forth between adding a third layer but ultimately ended up liking the more simple look of this one.
I have also worked on some bracelets, although not as many. The one top is made up of three separate strands which combines chain, jump rings and small white marbled beads. The one below I LOVE for summer and hope to combine with some fun wooden bead bracelets that I am working on now. It contains a series of alternating pink and marbled beads, a solitary pineapple bead, some dangly charms and a handmade cotton tassel.
Thats a real nice closeup of my chicken skin eh?
So, thats just a little bit of what I'm working on these days, and what I'm loving right now, I hope you like them too! xo