My source of inspiration is the nature, and other artists work – such as paints and designs, patterns and organic forms.
I´m Helena, an architect form Portugal.
I love to read, play with my four year old boy and swim in the sea.
What got you started crafting?
The need for creation is in me since I can remember.
I learned crochet, knitting, embroidery, baking. cooking, in my summer afternoons at my grandmother's house, and since I can remember I drew plants of houses, with plants and doors and windows marked in places. My college notebooks are full of abstract drawings.
The beaurocracies of my day job impeled me to create, so I take a workshop on working with acrylic and started to make some pieces and experiment, what I do mostly at my garage, because working with acrylic is very messy.
What is your source of inspiration?
My source of inspiration is the nature, and other artists works, such as paints and designs, patterns and organic forms.
What have you made recently?
I study the form for the bracelet, measures and colors.
Than I make a paper mold, so I can draw it on the acrylic. The first one of a kind I make it exactly as the mold, but if I have custom orders, the exterior is the same, but the holes in it are different.
Then I saw it with a jewelry saw, and smooth it with sand paper and polish the edges with car polisher (yes, car polisher).
Then they are ready. That process is similar through all the bracelets, the rings or pendants also are riveted or any other kinde or could junction is made, so they can be attatched to other materials(usually aluminium).
The pink one stands out for the color and the bright, so in the mood for spring.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I sell my handcrafts on my Etsy shops, and to friends.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
I love to do these pieces - it's a stress reliever for me.
When I´m in the garage, with no internet or phone, I´m isolated and I can think, solve problems from my life or forget everything and just let go.