Lovely readers, guess who is my guest this month. My one and only twinney, the very talented Lucy Haslam from Faerystones.
Twinney, not by birth but because we discovered around two years ago we have a lot in common.
The main thing: we are both very very serious people (NOT) and we love Hugh Hackman, bling bling, wine, cake and laughter. Nuff said. Let’s go to the interview.
Q: You are a jewelry artist as well as a wire artist, making jewelry findings from copper. When did you start your career as an artist, what did you do before and what made you decide to become one?
A: Since childhood I have always loved art, the history of art and as a child I was always painting or crafting. When I grew up I found myself working in the food industry and had my own little business catering for dinner parties but 9 years ago I had an accident and was unable to go out to work. I needed something to keep me busy so one day I picked up some beads and tah dah!!
Q: Do you work full time as an artist?
A: Sort of, I also look after my little mum who is 91 years young.
Q: Why did you choose wire as a medium to work with? Are you planning to explore other materials as well in the future, like polymer clay, glass or ceramic?
A: Well actually it picked me. I love the feel of wire and all that you can do with it. To be able to take 1 piece of wire, shape, fire, bash, tumble etc and at the end of it have a unique piece is still amazing to me.
I would love to work with other materials and would hope that in the future I can incorporate them with my metal and wire.
Q: I believe you are now mainly focused on wirework. Are you planning to divide your time to both wire work and jewellery making in the future or concentrate on wirework only?
A: Ha ha ha, this is one of my problems at the moment. I love making jewellery, but I seem to have no time and I need to organise myself better.
Q: Are you self taught?
A: Yes I am, I have learnt from books, tutorials, etc and I have had help from some very generous, talented people.
Q: What inspire you in your work?
A: Everything inspires me, from my little mum, my husband, nature, books, stories, colours, textures, architecture, history and urban architecture.
Q: Your business name is Faerystones. Could you tell us a bit more as to why you chose that name?
A: The name Faerystones comes from my love of everything mystical and sparkly (faeries sparkle). My little granny used to say that I was from the FEY which is the Celtic for fairies, and the stone bit is because I use a lot of semi-precious stones, hence Faerystones.
Q: What does a typical day in the life of Lucy Haslam look like?
A: Oh no, don't ask me this one!!! Well depending on whether I am at little mums or not, I usually have my morning coffee whilst checking Facebook and catching up with all my lovely "beady" friends. Then I sort out all my orders and then sit wrapping and bashing wire for a few hours ( whilst the faeries do all the housework).
Q: Can you tell us a bit about the work involved in making findings from copper?
A: When making my findings I first twist and bash the wire into the shapes that are needed, eg ear wires, components etc, they are then placed in my tiny tumblers, called Precious and Bear, which then work hardens the metal and gives them a lovely sheen and feel. After this I patina them with LOS and some of my secret mixes!!!! Then I leave them to dry. They are then either tumbled again or burnished with wire wool. After all this each item is then treated to 3 layers of Renaissance Wax and buffed to a beautiful finish.
Q: There are a lot of bead and jewellery artists. Is there a particular artist you admire or whom you consider a role model?
A: Ooooohh well there is that lovely Janine Lucas from Esfera jewellery, she is amazing!!!!!
There are some amazing and unique artists out there and I admire them all, especially the lovely ladies from the "Bead Smitten" group they are all amazing artists.
But I must not forget my "Bestie" Lindsay Phillipson from Precious Violet, whose work ethic and artistry is second to none. She is not only an extremely talented artist but one of the bravest, kindest people I know, I wouldn't be here without her, she's "The Boss".
Q: If you were not a wire/jewellery artist what would you be doing?
A: I have really had to think about this one, I think I would still be doing something artistic but also it would have to incorporate nature and wildlife as this is my second love.
Q: Do you have a life motto?
A: Hmm a life motto, well I suppose these are my 'Life Rules' :-
Live, love laugh, (lots of)
And above all "Keep Going"
Q: Do you have any tips, tricks or advice you would like to share with us??
A: My only advice is - Practice, practice, practice. I won't put anything out there until I have perfected it and know it is the best that I can do.
Thank you so much Lucy for this wonderful interview! I love your live rules, I think if we all stick to those, the world will be a different and much better place.
And of course this interview would not be complete without a give-away or two.
Lucy is contributing some lovely pretties to the give-away. What exactly? Well, that is going to be a nice surprise.
I have amassed quite a lot of earwires, made by Lucy. And because most people voting on my poll want me to make art bead earrings it wasn't difficult to know what to make for the give-away.
The winner can choose from these pairs of earrings (apologies for the bad pictures, the weather isn't good the last couple of days):
Pair of earrings 1
Made with polymer clay stick beads (beadstix), lampwork beads (2glassyladies), Czech glass, brass bead caps and gorgeous earwires from Lucy.
Pair of earrings 2
Made with lampwork glass rings (Earthshine Beads), lampwork beads (Grace Ma), Czech glass and handmade earwires by Lucy.
Pair of earrings 3
Made with porcelain drops (Scorched Earth), Greek brass and ceramic washers, lampwork beads (2glassyladies) and handmade earwires by Lucy
How can you enter this give-away?
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The draw will close at 10am GMT on Sunday March 1, 2015 and I will randomly select and announce the winners later that day.
The next artist in this series of interviews with Bead Artists is......Julie Wong Sontag from Uglibeads.
Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope to see you next time.