I’m primarily a stay at home mom. I make my jewelry when my daughter is asleep or in that time between all the other things you do to run a home. I don’t have a big output but what I have are lovingly and painstakingly made. When someone buys one of my pieces, I feel like I’ve made someone happy.
My favorite flowers are tulips and peonies. Chocolate always makes my day. I am passionate about brocantes (weekend flea markets all over the city). I love collecting big coffee table books on jewelry and fashion.
What got you started crafting?
I've always loved jewelry. I love the craftmanship and creativity behind every piece, be it a simple pair of hoop earrings or an art nouveau piece. It wasn't until I was pregnant in 2009 and required to stay home all the time that I turned my attention to making my own. When I did get started, I discovered such a satisfaction, such joy at creating something beautiful and completely through my own efforts!
What is your source of inspiration?
My inspiration comes from everywhere. Often, its vintage and antique jewelry. Sometimes its the colors of the places I've visited.
What have you made recently?
The first photo I've attached here is something I made recently from pieces I'd acquired gradually over the last year. Very often, I'll buy beads because they're beautiful and unique without necessarily having any idea what to do with them. Its only when I get home and I start playing around with them that an idea will form. With this particular piece, I first found the five "pendants" from the shop of an old antiques dealer. She was selling the old stock of a french designer from the fifties. In fact much of the stock consisted of damaged beads and I could only save the pendants. After a while, I found, during one of my weekend jaunts, someone selling smoky quartz colored beads that came from an old factory that had closed in the 70s. When I put the two sets of beads together, I realized that I could make a dramatic looking necklace, guaranteed to be one of its kind. That's the beauty of my jewelry. Because I don't find great quantities of these old/vintage beads, my pieces are necessarily unique or part of a very small series.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I joined A Little Market (a french version of Etsy) last Dec 2010 and I join special trade fairs which aims to promote hand made goods. I have two upcoming trade fairs in April and May.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
I find that hand made things are often more lovingly made and unique than mass produced goods. I like the idea of buying from someone who set out to make this particular piece and not that. And that I will have something that not everybody else will have.