Artisan Spotlight: Bedecked Beads UK

First off, tell us about yourself.
My name is Val and I have been running my current handmade business since 2009. I live just outside the beautiful city of Edinburgh in Scotland, United Kingdom.

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How did you start creating your jewelry, and how long have you been doing it?
I have always enjoyed making things and as a child I used to make clothes for my dolls, moving on to knit and sew for myself as a teenager. Crafting went on the back burner for a few years, when I married and had children. Although I did love helping my kids with their school projects!

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Where do you get your inspiration from?
Crafting came back into my life when I moved up to Scotland from England. I started making greetings cards and graduated into ATC’s, getting involved in international swaps. I moved onto jewellery after having made some altered art dominoes and wondering how I could make them into wearble art. I started making beaded jewellery but wanted more satisfaction for my work and I came across polymerclay which enabled me to put my own creativity into the pieces I was making.

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What do you love most about your jewelry business?
I love having the freedom to create jewellery from scratch either inspired by the wonderful polymer clay artists in the world such as Donna Kato, Melanie Muir and Shannon Tabor and the wonderful flora and fauna of Scotland.

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Outside of crafting, what else do you enjoy doing?
I love reading, mainly suspense novels, spending time with my family and two gorgeous cats.

URL of your shop.
You can find my work on my website http://www.bedeckedbeads.co.uk and also on instagram and Facebook (Bedecked Beads). I am currently coordinator for the British Polymer Clay Guild in Scotland.

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Artisan Spotlight: Salayi Designs

First off, tell us about yourself.

I am a jewelry artist in Southern California. When I’m not at my bench, I’m busy being mom to my 1.5 year old son and taking care of our two dogs.

6 ocean necklace FWP
6 ocean necklace

Where are you from?

I’m originally from suburban Ohio, and since have lived in Boston, Michigan and now California. I have loved living in all three places for vastly different reason, and wouldn’t trade my time in any of them.

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Blue sapphire enamel earrings

How did you start creating your jewelry, and how long have you been doing it?

I started early, when I was 12! Interlochen Center for the Arts was my go-to summer camp from grade school through high school. I initially went to for violin, but as long as I took violin lessons and orchestra, I was allowed free choice any other classes they offered.  So I started with a lot ceramic classes before choosing a jewelry making class one summer.  I learned how to do all the basics, including soldering.  I just kept taking classes from there on out, right through my BFA and MFA.

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Etched collection necklaces

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration changes so often: I love learning about new topics, so the range of what I’m reading, watching and listening to is really broad. Sometimes I’m way into history, and sometimes I’m deep in natural science. Something will catch my attention and I’ll learn anything I feel will help me understand WHY it caught my attention. Since what is coming into my mind is always changing, what come out in the form of artwork is always shifting too.

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Etched collection necklaces

What do you love most about your jewelry business?

I love being in charge, and the flexibility afforded to me so I can still be with my son during the day. I love the materials I get to work with. I love creating something worn so intimately, and often for such important occasions like a wedding. Helping someone’s idea turn into a physical object is rewarding too. There’s not a lot I don’t love about being a jeweler!

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Jewelry Collection

Outside of crafting, what else do you enjoy doing?

Mindfulness is my favorite hobby, and I try to apply that practice to everything I do. I love picking up new skills. This past year I learned how to make perfect macarons, decorate a cake beautifully, and sew. There are so many ways to make, and I want to try them all! I’m also an avid gardener, and have enjoyed a community garden plot for the past few years. It’s so nice to be part of a group of gardeners and I love this particular garden: it’s been around since the 1960’s and has a fantastic aging hippy vibe.
Is there anything else you would like to share?

The act of creating is so important to the human soul. Taking some time every day to create puts you in touch with your deeper human nature. So be it a piece of art, a simple meal or creating a little space for yourself at the end of the day, take the time for it.

URL of your shop.

www.SalayiDesigns.com

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