When Hattie came into the gallery back in September we have a conversation around Hattie's products and why she set up her new business during the first lockdown.
Read all about Hattie's new business here with me;
Q: What do you love most about making jewellery?
A: I’m studying Medicine at university which can be really busy, and sometimes a little stressful, so its lovely to have this little creative outlet; the whole process of jewellery making is very relaxing!!
Q: How long have you been you been making the jewellery?
A: It feels as though I haven’t been making jewellery for very long at all, as I only started in April, when I had lots more free time being home from uni, but that is actually 6 months ago now! I have always loved polymer clay earrings and enjoy wearing bright earrings myself, so when lockdown was implemented, I decided there was no better time to start making my own!
Q: How would you describe your jewellery?
A: The earrings I make are made of polymer clay and sterling silver earring findings. Polymer clay is a very light material which is perfect for earrings as it means no matter how big the earrings are, you can barely feel them when wearing them!
The earrings I make are mostly based on the colour and contrast of nature, but I try to make the colours as bright and vibrant as possible, to make them eye-catching and fun. I make the jewellery pieces by making a big patterned slab and then cutting the earrings out individually, which means that every single earring is slightly different, giving them a very handmade, uneven feel.
Q: Where do you get your inspiration from?
A: During lockdown I’ve done lots more walking around the local area and I always find myself noticing contrasting colours in nature, like the light on trees, or autumn leaves against a bright blue sky, and I try to reflect this in the earrings.
Q: Are there any little tips or tricks you’ve learned over the years, that would help or inspire budding artists?
A: I feel as though I am still a budding artist myself! I think my top tip would be to just try out everything and anything out, as the chances are you’ll be great at it. Before this, I only ever really painted, but I am so happy that I took the time to try working with polymer clay as I have found something else I love.
Q: Do you list to music when making your jewellery and if so, what are you currently listen to?
A: I listen to music all the time! I have so many playlists which are each about a day long, so it’s pretty much something new every day. At the moment I love listening to Bruno Major as is music is so chilled out – a perfect background for making earrings in the evening.
Q: What do you personally find the most challenging thing about making jewellery?
A: I make small batch earrings, which means there are only a few earrings of each pattern, and usually only one or two of each design. I love working this way as it means I am always creating something completely new, but it can mean it is tricky to keep coming up with new ideas. Or sometimes I have too many ideas, but struggle to translate into polymer clay. I’ve learned that it’s definitely important to keep experimenting with new colours and textures, until I manage to replicate what I have in my head!
Q: What is the highlight of your career so far, or your proudest moment?
A: My proudest moment was when the first person bought my earrings – I couldn’t believe that other people loved them as much as I did. I hadn’t started making them to sell, so I feel very lucky with how my little project has developed!
Q: Who is your favourite artist or craftsperson, and why?
A: There are so many I love!! At the moment I love Dan Bennett’s paintings, he uses such bright and vibrant colours, and he also takes his inspiration from nature.
Q: What is your favourite piece in your collection that is arriving into Wonky Wheel Gallery, and why?
A: My favourite earrings are the wonky daisies. These earrings are some of the simplest that I’ve made but I absolutely love the design. They’re the only earrings that I’ve made in three colours, and I’ve kept one of each for myself! They’re also not too big, so can be worn every day, and aren’t too patterned, so can be worn with anything!
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