Monday, March 1, 2010
Must Have Monday - Floreal - Artist Interview
Last week I had the great pleasure of getting to know Ruchi of Floreal in the Etsy chat rooms. She agreed to do the following interview so that you can learn more about her and the jewelry she creates.
Q: How did you get started in jewelry making?
A: "My jewelry making adventure started three years ago…I landed in this bead shop (somehow) and fell in love with the beads…colors…
Since I am relatively new (as a seller) to Etsy, I would like to focus on listing more pieces in my shop….get my name out there. I am in no rush…. but ultimately I do see myself having my own brand/label."
Q: What mediums/ materials do you like to use?
A: "I love experimenting with different materials. I have used beads, stones, metal, polymer clay for my jewelry do far. I would love to use precious metal clay, feathers and felt beads."
Q: How long have you been creating?
A: "Ever since I was a little kid I would create stuff…things like friendship bands, cards. Also, I have a degree in architecture. So, if it’s not jewelry, then it’s something else. The idea of creating something from scratch is so exhilerating….empowering. It’s like meditation for me.
I think I get it from my mom. My mom is super creative. She is one of those people who can pickup any art easily. I mean she has not had formal training in fine arts but she used to stitch our dresses when my sister and I were little.. knit, do embroidery, screen printing, paint, cooking... I simply admire her ( and my dad )."
Q: What is your greatest source of inspiration? Why?
A: "Colors…I think colors are my greatest inspiration. I get inspired by the colors around me.. nature, flowers…. For me the first thing that comes to mind is the color combination. It is beginning of the design process. Jewelry design is more of a dynamic, evolving process for me…very spontaneous."
Q: Is there anything else that you would like for your fans to know?
A: "I am so attached to every piece I design. I don’t think I will ever list anything that I would not put on (wear) personally. So every art piece is like a part of my personality. I love to do custom work."
Please swing by Ruchi's shop to see more of her wonderful creations! The colors are magnificent!
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