Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Another gorgeous buy - featured artist.
Hi everyone, I hope you are all having a great week :-) Thanks for all your lovely comments on my last post, I will try and remember to tip you all off next time there is an Amy Butler sale :-)
In this post I am featuring the lovely Becky's work from Red Bird Jewellery. My Mother-in-Law had her 60th recently and I wanted to get her something a bit special for it. I had looked around the usual shops but nothing really appealed to me and it all seems so mass produced nowadays :-( So, I popped over to Folksy for a nose and remembered about Becky's pretties.
I ordered a gorgeous flourite and silver necklace as seen above, the photos really don't do it justice, it was stunning. In fact I was hoping my Mother-in-Law wouldn't like it so I could have it back and get her something else but she loves it and wants to wear it on the cruise she is going on soon :-) It came packed in a lovely little box tied with ribbon - there are no high street shops that offer that service as far as I know - another reason to buy direct from the artist.
I have decided to feature artists on my blog every month or so to share these gorgeous creations and to help support buying hand made.
Becky kindly let me interview her (in fact she also interviewed me a few days ago, click here to see), I hope you enjoy it :
Tell us a bit about yourself ...
My name is Becky, I live in a little village nestled under the North Downs in Surrey - but am originally from a little town in Derbyshire. I got to Surrey via living in London for a while, and it's great to be back in the countryside again.
What do you make?
Jewellery, using silver, copper, gemstones, and crystal. I also dabble with silver clay.
Why do you use that medium?
I love silver, but it is ridiculously expensive at the moment. I also love using copper, it's such a rich colour. Since I bought my torch, I've really enjoyed experimenting and seeing what I can do with a little fire and some metal.
When/ how did you start crafting?
I've always liked to try new stuff, I've tried so many crafts from applique to upholstery, but one day a few years ago I went on a jewellery making class in a bead shop and got completely and utterly hooked. The great thing about making jewellery is, that there is always something new to learn - and so many different methods and materials within the field, which appeals to my constant need to learn new skills.
When did you start selling your stuff - where do you sell?
I've been selling online on Folksy and also on Etsy since September 2009. Both are great places to sell (and shop!) and I've really enjoyed being part of a marketplace, but at some point I'd like to set up my own online shop - and also sell in a bricks and mortar shop.
Do you also have a day job, or is this your main job?
Not any more - I tried working 3 days in my old job as a research manager for a publishing company, but couldn't manage it once I had 2 children. I was always stressed out and exhausted, so I made a break - became a registered childminder and now look after a couple of friends' children for a few hours a week and work on jewellery the rest of the time. Life is a lot more balanced and happy now!
Where do you get your inspiration from?
My designs tend to be quite clean and simple, and I get lots of inspiration from nature. But I also get inspiration from particular gemstones - sometimes they just cry out for a particular design.
What is your favourite music to craft to?
My taste is pretty eclectic - I'm not averse to a bit of Dolly Parton, or some jazz but at heart I'm a 90s indie kid - so I like to listen to The Stone Roses, The Smiths, The Pixies, Throwing Muses etc.. To be honest though, mostly when I'm making I like to listen to Radio 4!
What is your favourite piece of your own?
That is so tricky - at the moment I am wearing a pair of these and a matching necklace that I made (but haven't made to sell yet).
Where do you do your crafting (specially built studio - sofa??)
I use the spare room at the moment, BUT we move into our new house at the end of February, and we're planning to build me a little studio - hopefully sometime this year......eeeeeeeeeeeeeep (am a little excited!)
Thanks for that Becky, I am rather jealous of the fact that you will soon have your own studio!
Keep your eyes peeled for future artists appearing here and if you want to be featured then just send me a message via my profile area, I am sure all my followers would love to read about your work.
Have a fab week everyone.