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Derya Aksoy

Name:  Derya Aksoy

Website Link: www.jewelera.etsy.com

Where are you located? Orange County, California

Tell us a bit about yourself: I was born and raised in the most beautiful city, –for me- in the world; Istanbul, Turkey . Istanbul is where two continents meet and has thousands of years of history. It is a city which never sleeps, where time goes faster and I never stop missing it. Right after graduating from Fine Arts College I followed the man I loved and moved to USA after our wedding in Istanbul. I was 22 then, and that was about 7 years ago. Since then I lived in Atlanta/GA, Appleton/WI and now Anaheim/CA. America is so huge, and has many different cultures under the same roof. Even though it was hard moving around just when you feel like you adjusted to the new place, it is also culturally enhancing.  Yes, I had back pain for a week after shoveling the snow in our driveway in Wisconsin the first time in my life, but I’m happy to say now that I did that you know? I’m a person who likes to learn new things by reading, but prefers to the actual practice too. Last but not least; I always start my day with a cup of Turkish coffee!

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? Why? Because I believe creativity was the ingredient added to my soul, genes and blood when I was being created. The women in my family were also very creative and artistic, especially my mom. She used to sew all my dresses, even school uniform and I grow up seeing her doing all kinds of craft from making flower bouquets out of dough to decorative painting. I have been drawing, creating with my hands and dreaming about being an artist since I was a kid. I used to make my own paper dolls, clipped house ware images from my mom’s magazines and made furniture by folding card boards to decorate a whole house for them!  That took me to study fashion in high school, then Set and Costume Design in College.  I never tried jewelry making until I moved to USA and got bored out of my mind at the first year. It felt like time slowed down and the streets were so empty compared to Istanbul with 18 million population. I was jobless, no language and no driver license, no family and friends. I always believe lack of things pushes people to be more creative, and with my mom’s suggestion I ordered some beads and basic beading supplies from the internet and started playing with them. I remember trying to make earrings first, and thinking ‘wow, it is a lot harder than I thought!’ Soon after I found my way around it and couldn’t stop!

What materials and methods do you use? I’m constantly trying to discover some new techniques and materials to create new and fresh look for my jewelry. I’ve never been interested in doing something traditional, not that it is a bad thing, but I’m just passionate about going against the rules and putting something out there that you don’t see alike around. I love people’s reactions when they see my designs and go ‘what is this made out of?’ or ‘how the H did you think of that?, it is really cool!’ Currently my butterflies/wings collection would be a perfect example for that, where I transfer butterfly images onto organza fabric to create them! I’m also proud of my cotton plants collection; I love my little unique cotton balls. I also used photographic prints, wool, electrical wire, plastic grocery bags, plastic bottle, raw silk, wallpaper and such materials in my designs so far. My studio is like a chemical lab most of the time. I love reconstructing vintage jewelry or include vintage components to my designs as well. Those make unique additions to my creations and a one of a kind features.

Where do your design inspirations come from? My biggest inspiration source is my surroundings. I’m a big fan of nature and I believe the most amazing designs/creations are already in the nature only not made by people. I mean look at the amazing patterns on animals, or color combinations on flowers, the veins on the wings of a tiny bug, there is no wrong, everything is so breathtakingly beautiful! My maze towards nature is definitely mirrors on my designs. The other one I would say is the culture I’m from. What I observed visually and emotionally when I was growing up definitely show themselves through my creations. I don’t plan to do so but that just happens, I believe that is same for all the other artists.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? For the last year I had a studio space in Artist Village, Santa Ana, which I loved. But then I realized I’m more productive at late nights so having my work space at home was more convenient. Now I’m back to working from home again, in my craft room where I have all my mess spread all over most of the time. I was never one of those well organized craft people!

Where can your products be seen? My online shop, my blog, and flickr (if you like to see more behind the scenes action), and my facebook page.  My work also can be found at Terrain store in PA .

Upcoming events: I will be in Long Beach Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival at June 27th Sunday   One of my favorite craft shows of all times!

Magazine articles or press:   I’ve written step by step instructions on several of my designs for jewelry magazines in the past years, a recent one will be in Handcrafted Jewelry magazine this year (more details will be in my blog once the issue is out). Also some recent features of my jewelry in these wonderful online sites:  Craftzinepapernstitchblog,   designspongeonline, collegecandy,   scoutiegirl

Who are you a fan of? I’m a huge fan of people who are willing to be open to share from themselves! Sharing would be in any kind, I share through my work, you may share a smile, or another one may share his knowledge, no limits! We are all unique and special and have different talents, skills etc. Why keep everything to ourselves? As you keep sharing, it becomes epidemic and that gets bigger and bigger, and from that huge thing it becomes there is always a good chunk of slice or two for everyone, it comes back to you. Some may see these as cliché, but things become cliché for a reason, it is the truth.

Price range: $13.50 – $265

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: Currently my Fluttery Breath of Life necklace is my favorite one. It is bold in some way but not too overpowering due to the sheer nature of the organza fabric and mostly natural tones with just a little pop of bright colors here and there. It simply makes me happy to look at it, and the design itself is so unusual with my unique technique of creating the butterflies by transferring images of many different kinds of moths onto organza fabric.

Fluttery Breath of Life

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Lisa Bruemmer

Name: Lisa Bruemmer

Website Link: www.treeandkimball.etsy.com

Where are you located? Philadelphia, PA

Tell us a bit about yourself: After working as an apparel designer at Anthropologie for a little over four years, I have just recently left my job in order to focus on my jewelry business. I am a lover of all things vintage & storied… some of my favorite finds are: a well-worn Russian book of nursery rhymes, a hand-carved portrait of a woman on a piece of scrap wood, and an antique crochet lace blouse. I inherited my craftiness from a long line of quilters, tatters, embroiderers, & seamstresses. I’m originally from Ohio, currently live in Philly with my fiancé & precious pup, aspire to see every corner of the world, and to live in a few of them too!

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I started making jewelry about a year and a half ago – just as a little something to occupy my creative energy after my day job. I have always loved & collected lace – my Great Aunt Marg was an incredible tatter & I was blessed with part of her collection when she passed away. Although none of her actual pieces have made it into my Etsy shop (they are tucked away safe & sound!), they got me thinking about how I love the juxtaposition of delicate against tough — in this case, lace against metal. I tinkered around, made my sister & some close friends some pieces & voila, I was in love. I’ve been keeping at it ever since.

What do you make? I make necklaces & earrings out of vintage lace & findings.

What materials and methods do you use? I use vintage lace, vintage glass beads, & antiqued chain.

Where do your design inspirations come from? I am inspired by so many things & people… some of the necklaces in my shop have been inspired by & named after those closest to me. Beyond that, I look to nature & all of the amazing vintage bits & baubs I have surrounded myself with… their well-loved looks always put me in a happy place!

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My studio is nestled in a cheery little corner of my house, stuffed to the brim with all of the things I love. I have everything I need at my fingertips, either tucked away in a charming little cabinet that my grandfather made, or lined up along my favorite wall in the room – it’s covered in lovely lace wallpaper by British artist Louise Body. With sunshine streaming in through the windows & my little pup, Atlas, keeping me company, I’m at my best.

Where can your products be seen? In my Etsy shop & on my Facebook page.     Also, my jewelry can be found at Vagabond Boutique in Philly, The Little Apple in Manayunk. White Elephant Boutique in Ontario, and Tedda Hughes in San Francisco.

Upcoming events: I will be participating in the next Punk Rock Flea market to be held in Philly later this month! It’s always a great time.

Magazine articles or press:
ohjoy.blogs.com ruffledblog.com katyelliott.com theuniformproject.com

Who are you a fan of? Elinart, Spinthread, Laura Lombardi, Miss Amy Phipps, Wondercabinet, Debeaux Souvenirs, Lapomme, Elsita, Enhabiten, Liarock… all on Etsy!

Price Range: $18 -30

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations:
Of what’s currently in my shop, it would have to be the Corinne necklace – it’s named for my dear aunt, and I love the tiny faceted leafy green beads.

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Ivy Long—designer of Edera Jewelry

Name: Ivy Long—designer of Edera Jewelry

Website Link: http://ederajewelry.etsy.com

Where are you located? Beautiful Vermont, in the United State

What do you make? I make opulent, handcrafted lace jewelry. Many of my designs are one of a kind, and I have recently branched out into a Bridal Collection. I love creating custom pieces for brides–my specialty is designing jewelry that compliments the lace and detailing on a bride’s wedding gown.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I’m fortunate to have grown up in a creative household where all sorts of supplies were at hand, and creativity and experimentation were encouraged. My mother is a milliner and textile artist, so from a very early age I was surrounded by wonderful fabrics, laces, buttons, beads and trims, and could watch her at work. As a result, I’ve had a lifelong fascination with fiber arts and other handcrafts. In my early teens, I became particularly interested in jewelry making and apprenticed with several jewelry designers while still in high school. In my early twenties, I began crocheting delicate lace as a hobby, but quickly realized that I could combine this with my love of jewelry making, and Edera Jewelry was born.

What materials and methods do you use? My jewelry is created with an unusual fusion of lace making and jewelry techniques that I’ve refined over the years. Any given design might include crochet, tambour embroidery, sewing, hand beading, wire wrapping and stringing. Many of the lace motifs in my jewelry are drawn from my collection of lace patterns, some dating back to the 1800s. I use the finest silk and real metal threads –like those used in historic Renaissance and Rococo textiles–in my work, as well as vintage beads, semi-precious stones, gold-filled and sterling silver wire and findings.

Where do your design inspirations come from? Historical costuming, antique and vintage lace patterns and textiles, ethnic embroideries, silversmithing techniques, Renaissance, Art Nouveau and Rococo jewelry, the art of Klimt, the Pre-Raphaelites, the Glasgow School, Elizabethan portrait paintings–the list goes on! I am like a magpie, blending different eras and inspirations together. Sometimes even the stones and beads themselves suggest a design to me.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I have a sunny little studio in our house that has a slanting roof and lots of windows.

Where can your products be seen? My Etsy Shop,   My 1000Markets Shop,  My Boticca.com Shop,  My Blog

Magazine articles or press: Courtney Love’s Hotlist Atlanta Magazine StyleList.com OneWed Best Wedding Sites

Who are you a fan of? There are so many talented, independent jewelry designers out there, especially on Etsy. I’m always amazed and inspired by: Magdalena of MagdalenasAtelier.etsy.com,  Jennifer of JenniferMorrisBeads.etsy.com,  Lorianne of Plumevine.etsy.com,  Emily of EmilyGrayJewels.etsy.com,  Penny of SparrowSalvage.etsy.com, Sheela of Eccletica.etsy.com, Wendy of FussJewelry.etsy.com, Jess of RosyRevolver.etsy.com

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: One of my favorite designs right now is the Aurore Necklace. It’s the result of an experiment in creating more layered, three-dimensional effects in my jewelry. Strangely enough, I was inspired partly by translating silversmithing assemblage techniques into textile techniques. The pendant has an openwork base, which I embellished with different motifs and components, including a vintage rhinestone in a handmade cabochon setting. Instead of cutting and sawing and forging, though, the pieces are crocheted, and instead of soldered, they’re sewn in place to the base. This is perhaps one of my most opulent designs, too, in that it features quite a few AA and AAA grade stones, and is a wonderful, dramatic length that can be worn long or doubled up. I started with the large pink chalcedony focal and let it inspire me. The result is a romantic harmony of pinks and gold and crystals, which reminds me of something from a fairy tale.

Aurore Necklace

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Black Crow – Trudy Gerritsen

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Name: (Black Crow) Trudy Gerritsen

Website Link: http://www.blackcrowjewelry.nl/

Where are you located? I’m located in a small town in The Netherlands.

IMG%20001aa_mTell us a bit about yourself: I grew up as an only child with beloved parents. My mom was creative too and she could make wonderful things with knitting. I was a creative child with a special love for collecting beads and feathers, pieces of wood and stones. Ever since I can remember I was  very interested in Native culture and their respect for nature and all living things! Many years later, I started to make dreamcatchers with gemstones, and that was (again)  the restart of my love for beads!

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I started with making dreamcatchers when I had my own small bead shop on the world wide web. In the beginning, there were only glass crow beads and gemstone chips that I used for my dreamcatchers. That was in 2004. A few years later, the bead collection became bigger and I started to sell other gemstone beads and that was also the start for making jewelry myself. The addiction to seed beads was much later and I created the first cuff in April 2007 after I saw the art of Heidi Kummli.  Designing and making jewelry started as a hobby, but slowly it became my work and I love it !

What do you make? My favorite piece of work is to design and create a beadwork bracelet, especially turquoise and bridal cuffs, but I also make rings, necklaces, earrings and jewelry with gemstones and natural beads. I guess bracelets are my favorite because I wear them myself too, I never wear necklaces.

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What materials and methods do you use?  I love to work with gemstones and all other natural materials, for the cuffs I always use leather as a backing. The seedbeads I use are size 15-11 and 8. The methods I use are beadwork (embroidery) and beadweaving. At the moment, I am busy trying some new stuff like lace or wool in combination with gemstone cabochons.

Where do your design inspirations come from? My inspiration is in everything I see – nature, a picture or painting, people…just everything.

IMG%20011a[4]_mWhat is your best working environment/where is your studio? I work the best when I am alone at home, just with our 2 cats, a strong cup of coffee and a CD by Metallica in the CD player.  I don’t have space for a separate studio, I always work in our living room, but it is still a dream to have my own studio one day…

IMG%20006grtur[2]_mWhere can your products be seen?  My products can be seen on: http://www.blackcrowjewelry.nl/

Upcoming events:  I don’t do shows, but a few times a year I’m on a local art market in the neighborhood. 

Magazine articles or press: An article in a local newspaper and in a women’s magazine and my work can be seen in the book “Flatwork” written by Nicole Campanella/Beadwright.

Who are you a fan of? Sherri Serafini, Heidi Kummli, Jamie Cloud Eaking, Good Quill Hunting, Kerri Fuhr, Vampi Choi.

Price range:  $20.00 – $400.00

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations: It’s hard to choose a favorite one, I love many of my cuffs, especially the turquoise ones…but this one is my favorite!Just simple earthtones in combination with lovely turquoise cabochons, they don’t need more.

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Anything else you wish to add?  Thank you so much for choosing my designs for your interview, it is a great honor and I am delighted  to be on your beautiful website among such other great artists!

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Meltem Semizoglu

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Name: Meltem Semizoglu

Website Link: www.meltemsem.etsy.com

Where are you located?  Istanbul, Turkey

il_430xn_54699632Tell us a bit about yourself: After 18 years of being a lawyer I have started beading as a hobby 5 years ago and I have been trained as a traditional jeweler for the last 3 years. Right now I continue my works with silver, gold and semi precious stones. I live in Istanbul with my husband, son and my cat.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I have been interested in crafting since my childhood because my mom used to be an artist also. I have started beading as a hobby 5 years ago. I have found the escape from the stress of being a lawyer with the colorful beads. After studying with beads for about 2 years, I have realized that it wasn’t enough for me to work with ready made materials. So I started to design my own works and learned to do metal work.

What do you make? Necklace, bracelet, ring, earrings, brooch are what I have been producing right now. I also want make hairclips, barrettes and bangles out of silver and gold.

What materials and methods do you use? Silver and gold plate, wires, semi precious stones, freshwater pearls

Where do your design inspirations come from? I am inspired from nature and environment. I also impress that I read a book, watch a movie.

il_430xn_53714942What is your best working environment/where is your studio?  My studio is where my old office used to be. But inspiration might come anywhere that’s why I have my sketch book with me all the time. I sketch anything that comes up to my mind.

Where can your products be seen?  Etsy,   ArtfireBlog,   Ecrater

Who are you a fan of?   Women from any age group who is elegant, stylish , has modern and classic style.

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations:  My rose collection. It’s because it’s my favorite flower and I was impressed by a quote of the great Anatolian philosopher, mystic poet Mevlana  “You consist of thought. The rest remaining is the flesh and bone. You become rose garden if you think of rose, you become thorn patch if you think of thorn” 

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Anything else you wish to add: I keep doing and learning this job I  started 4 years ago with passion. When I was create a jewelry silver or gold, stones and tools accompany me on this exciting journey. I believe that this good spirit and energy is also recorded and stored in the jewelry and in its stone. You may feel this positive energy while having the jewelry on you.  I believe that jewelry is a way to complete the dress and express a woman ideas.  I hope you  enjoy to wear my jewelry.

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Ileana Munteanu – Enchanted Beads

Name: Ileana Munteanu 

Heart brooch

Heart brooch

Website Link: www.enchanted-beads.com

Where are you from? Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York

Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a jewelry designer specializing in hand made bead woven jewelry. I am also a linguist, a proud mother and grandmother.

When and why did you begin designing jewelry/art? I was always very creative and I used my free time for making things that I could wear or I would need around the house, a mosaic table for example. Later, I started making evening dresses with beautiful appliqués (flowers, leaves, butterflies) made of pearls and tiny beads, that looked like a piece of jewelry. I sold them in galleries as a part-time job. Little by little, I realized that what I enjoyed best in designing and making an outfit was actually the elaborate embellishment. I started to make little pieces of jewelry developing new techniques as my jewelry evolved. My decision to concentrate only on the embellishments was how I started my jewelry collection about 12 years ago. 

Garnet brooch

Garnet brooch

What do you make?  I make brooches, necklaces, earring, bracelets, and beaded boxes.

What materials and methods do you use? I love semiprecious stones and pearls, therefore I use them all the time. I combine them with seed beads and I use the tiniest of Japanese seed beads, the size 15. The scale, shape, and variety of color of the material help me to mold my pieces. I would use my seed beads much like a painter uses colors and brush strokes to convey his version of imagery. The main method I use is bead weaving and my favorite techniques are modified peyote and netting/lace. 

Oval brooch with abalone

Oval brooch with abalone

Where do your design inspirations come from? Nature is my main source of inspiration: Flowers, ladybugs, butterflies are featured in my pieces. Sometimes I get inspired by the semiprecious stones I find. I put them together with pearls, gemstone beads and colorful seed beads in a specific design, carefully coordinating the colors to achieve a natural, shaded look by incorporating several nuances of beads for each color I choose. After completing this most important first step, I find the right time for the beading process.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio?  My studio is in my apartment. It is a small room, organized in a way that would always help me find the materials I need. I like to listen to classical music while working.

Where can your products be seen? There are a few Galleries on the East Coast currently selling my jewelry: One in Brooklyn, two in Chicago, one in Annapolis, MD, and one in New Hampshire.
My products can be seen online as well:  The Enchanted Beads Website,   Etsy Shop,  My Portfolio can be seen on Talent Database and Myspace 

Beaded box

Beaded box

Upcoming events:

Crafts at the Cathedral
Dec 5, 6 & 7, 2008
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
New York, NY

Magazine articles or press:

Bead & Button Magazine:
* Issue # 14, December 1996
* Issue # 42, April 2001

The Crafts Report – May 2001
* INSIGHT section featuring Jewelry

The Crafts Report January 2007 issue
Ileana Munteanu: Ambassador of Jewelry by Darcel Rockett

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: I created the Ladybug Pin when my granddaughter was very little. She was fascinated by ladybugs so I decided to make for her a bead woven ladybug. I participated with this Brooch in the 2004 FIRE MOUNTAIN Gems and Beads Beading Contest and it was a FINALIST. It was featured in the Fire Mountains Gems and Beads 2004-2005 Catalog, page 439 and the 2005-2006 Catalog, page 397

Ladybug pin

Ladybug pin

Anything else you wish to add? The permanent connection with the arts and the artists is beneficial for my evolution as an artist. Visiting museums and galleries, staying in touch with a community of creators online gives me support and fuels my inspiration.

 

Congratulations on all of your well-deserved recognition!

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Vicki Verbanic – Ocean Life Designs

Name:   Vicki Verbanic – Ocean Life Designs

Website Link:  http://www.oceanlifedesigns.com

Where are you located?   Florida, USA

Heart Ornament

Heart Ornament

Tell us a bit about yourself:  I first became fascinated with shell work when a close friend of mine was moving back to Switzerland and left me her craft shell collection.  I started playing around with them and have been hooked every since.  It is amazing the different type of works that can be created with these gems from the ocean!

When did you start designing this type of jewelry/art?  I have been crafting since I was 10 years old and my mother taught me to knit.  I love all sorts of crafts.  I spent many years making jewelry, and still love working with wire and metalsmithing, but that has taken a wayside to the shell art.

What do you make?  Shell art of all types!  I love vintage shell jewelry, but there are some obstacles in recreating a lot of these designs – besides locating the components, many of the shells used in bygone days are no longer being harvested, and when they are available many times are cost prohibitive.

Florida Scallops

Florida Scallops

What materials and methods do you use?  Shells of all types.  My flowers are done using hot glue. When I work on smaller “valentine” type items, I use Bond 527, it allows movement of the shells.

Where do your design inspirations come from?   Gosh, not sure how to answer this.  Sometimes it is just a lot of trial and error when working with the shells!

Lucine cups

Lucine cups

Where can your products be seen?  http://www.oceanlifedesigns.com 

Who are you a fan of?   A fan of?  I am jealous of people that live near the water and can shell any opportunity they get – does that qualify?

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations:  My favorite work to date has to be the pocket watch pendant that I did as a gift.  I have seen other shell artists do these, and wanted to try one.  It was a challenge and I am looking forward to attempting more of these!

Pocket watch

Pocket watch

Anything else you wish to add?   Thank you for giving me this opportunity – I will be watching with anticipation and hoping that you have much success with your site!

 

Thank you for your interview and we will anxiously await your possible future attempts at vintage-style shell jewelry!

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