i. I work as: a full time artist, a jewellery designer for my company TOODLEBUNNY Designs since 2006.
ii. I do this creative work because:
of the constant need to create. Inspiration for my work comes from my surroundings and the materials themselves. I love to incorporate asymmetry, yet somehow keep the pieces balanced with complimentary lines. My one of a kind asymmetric vintage cloisonne earrings are a favourite to design. I let the colors of the vintage piece dictate the palette and just go with it.
I usually put a few complimentary elements down in front of me and then just start creating the design. Starting the design process over from scratch with every piece but still keeping my own aesthetic with each one of a kind design.
iii. Personal qualities that help me in my work are:
Creative vision, my ‘MacGyvering” skills when working with found and reclaimed objects towards jewelry design as well as a knack for numbers which helps with the business end of things.
iv. The greatest challenges around doing this work are:
Working with vintage deadstock or reclaimed components causes you to reinvent the wheel every time you create a design. Once that component is used for that one of a kind piece you have to find something similar to take its place if you need another ‘similar design’. Always searching for the perfect piece or color in my materials to create what I have envisioned.
v. Creative childhood hobbies:
Sewing, altering many thrifted outfits as a teenager for something different. In my younger years I liked to hang out in my father’s workshop and take things apart to see how they worked. Its a skill I use in my re-imagined one of a kind jewelry creations every day.
vi. Other creators who inspire you:
Miriam Haskell, Marni, Joan Jett
vii. Training that has helped me in this career:
I had taken a few classes in Lost Wax Casting, silversmithing and enamelling but most of the work I create is based on self taught techniques by trial and error. My education in Business Management Finance has allowed me to keep a level head on the business side of things like accounting and the less creative day to day tasks of running your own business.
viii. A common trap that can hurt people in this career:
Comparing yourself to others in the same line of work. Just do what you love and create your own niche to make your work stand out from the crowd.
ix. Some proud career moments:
Taking the leap to be a full time artist with my work. Its just been over thirteen years now and I’m thankful to be creating every single day.
x. If you want to work in my field, I suggest that you:
Start small, do a ton of research on the business side of things and create what makes you happy.
xi. A professional goal I have for the future:
To learn to delegate. To have the ability to seek others to help with the tech side of the business which I am not fond of nor excel at.