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.
Tell 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.
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.
What 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…
Where 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.
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!