Sunday, July 4, 2010
Meet the maker: Freedom Creative
What do you make?
I make Japanese inspired jewellery – mainly necklaces and brooches. I use a variety of bases, apply wonderfully colourful Japanese paper and most are finished with a coat of glossy resin. I have a huge range of Japanese paper so each item is unique and beautiful. I also make Scrabble tile cuff links, pendants and brooches. For A Craft Affair I'll also have some items not usually available from my Felt shop – magnets, Scrabble board coasters and gift cards, which start from as little as $3.
Where else might we see your work?
My Felt Shop: http://www.freedomcreative.co.nz
My Blog: http://www.freedomcreative.blogspot.com
How did you get into your craft?
I grew up in a family that was always making things – whether it be my Dad in his workshop, my Mum who ran her own craft business, or my brother playing music. I was very lucky to have an 'art room' when I was a kid, so always had my own space to escape to and just make a creative mess! I'm not really sure how I started making what I now sell, but I really enjoy it. I really enjoy making a product from start to finish, with no machines, very little tools and a lot of patience and hard work.
Do you have formal training or qualifications in your craft?
I studied art and design at school, and have a Diploma of Communication Arts and Design, which definately helps when I'm designing products and everything that goes along with the business. I don't have any jewellery making qualifications, but have learnt a lot by trial and error over the few years I've been selling.
Is there a philosophy behind your work?
I just try to create bright and pretty things that will make people happy. Something small to brighten up someone's outfit, or quirky Scrabble tile jewellery that become a talking point.
What are your favourite materials, tools and/or processes?
Paper, resin, wood, anything but sanding!