As part of this new blog of mine, I thought I would feature some talented makers and artisans.
The very first to be featured is Traceyann from Artisan Silver
My name is Traceyann and I love to live in Sunshine Bay on the Isle of Wight.
What do you make?
I make vintage fashion jewellery and fine silver jewellery. Why did you start making jewellery?
About two years ago. I crushed my hand whilst trying to save some ducklings that were stuck down a hole. The ducklings are now fully grown and living happily at the local hospital duck pond. I needed to find something that would rehabilitate my hand and jewellerymaking was perfect. When/ how did you start crafting?
I've been doing arts and crafts for as long as I can remember. I followed my dream to go to art school and then promptly got a job working for the NHS. Reality bites.
When did you start selling your stuff - where do you sell?
I have been selling for about a year, but its only in the last few months that my sales have really taken off. i am so grateful for the support of my lovely customers. Do you also have a day job, or is this your main job?
Gosh - I would love this to be my main job! I work four days a week as a medical secretary. What do you love about your medium, what do you hate?
I love the flexibility of precious metal clay, but I hate how it dries out so quickly. Where do you get your inspiration from?
We have a huge collection of art books at home and I love walking so I get a lot of ideas from walking along the beach or the coastal path. I like organic designs. What is your favourite music to craft to?
Don't laugh - Charles Aznavour. So romantic and an easygoing voice.
What is your favourite piece of your own?
My silver ivy leaf ring. it was my first design with a textured ring shank. I wear one myself and always get positive comments on it.
Where do you do your crafting (specially built studio - sofa??)
Our spare room has become my little studio with my lovely kiln and a desk covered with projects in progress.
If you haven't checked out Tracyann's shop yet, I would definitely recommend it. Some of the vintage goodies are amazing.
If you would like to be featured, leave a comment below and I'll come and check out your shop.