I love jewelry - that's why I design it myself! Angela, of Mailled, is an incredibly talented jewlry artisan who specializes in chainmaille pieces. Her jewelry is nothing short of exquisite.
What’s your craft, how long have you been doing it and how did it start?
My craft is being crafty! Necessity, being the mother of invention, has driven me to constantly create. As a child I was dyslexic which made me always search for a different way of doing things. My creativity blossomed from there. I knit, crochet, sew, wire wrap, bead.... well the list goes on! My closest friends often use the term 'industrious' to describe me.
In February of 2007, while hunting for a new wire supplier, I stumbled upon a chainmaillers forum. As someone who studied history I was immediately drawn to this ancient art. I believe it translates well into a modern world - it gives me a sense of being connected with the past.
What’s new for the upcoming holiday season in your shop?
Since I dabble in a lot of other jewelry related projects, I am working on bringing other elements into my work. I am in the design stages of projects that will combine chainmaille, wire wrapping and stones.
What’s your favorite item in your shop and why?
My favorite item has to be my japanese weave chainmaille necklace. This one in my shop is a reproduction of a unique design that I came up with while using up leftover rings from other projects. It uses 4 sizes of wire and 6 sizes of jumprings. It has taught me to think outside of traditionally used weaves and how chainmaille can be incredibly versatile.
I am self taught in my craft. I do think that perhaps a couple of classes on soldering or really tricky weaves would have saved me some time though!
How do you keep your creative energy?
I have a beautiful garden. When I'm feeling particularly uncreative all I need to do is go outside, take a break and enjoy the beauty of nature.
What are two of your favorite Etsy shops and why?
BoonesHooks This is a new seller that has the most beautiful forged home accessories!
MagdalenasAtelier's This woman takes wire wrapping to new levels. Such amazing talent!
What are three tips you would give to new Etsians?
Patience. It takes time to become established anywhere. I'm a relative newbie here too!
Promote. Be warm and welcoming and actively promote yourself at every oppurtunity!
Believe in yourself. If you don't believe in yourself, no one else will either!
~~ Angela is offering FREE SHIPPING to the US and Canada if you put in "PP BLOG" in the message to seller area at check out! Thanks, Angela!! ~~