Monday, February 17, 2014

Wight and Wight - Interview with a talented lady

I have always been intrigued  by creative people and what motivates them,  so I thought I would just plain come out and ask them.  So here in what I hope will be a regular feature on my blog is the first interview.  If you would like to feature on my website in an interview than please e-mail me at and I will forward you some questions.


I met Sarah when we worked together at Clevedon Craft Centre.  She is in Studio 11 ( my 1st studio at the centre) and with very helpful husband Nigel, she creates some of the most innovative silver jewellery pieces I have seen.  You should visit if you are ever in the area, but if you cant make it in person,   check out the lovely website

 and follow her on Facebook.

Now for those all important questions......

What is the main, Art/Craft you are known for?

Handmade unique jewellery, particularly in sterling silver

Is this a full time job?/Second income/ Or hobby for you?

My full time occupation includes making jewellery, but I also design stained glass windows, handbags and scarves!

 How long have you been doing it?

Full time I have been running my business for about 18 months, part time for somewhat longer than that. As a hobby, I have been making jewellery for most of my life.

Could I have a little potted history of your creative life please?

Crikey, a potted history of my creative life sounds very grand! I can't remember when I first started making things. A friend from primary school days reminded me last year of when (aged 8) I developed a knitting pattern for a small teddy bear, made one, insisted she made one too and then made clothes for them from scraps of material and wool.
Another memory (I think from about age 14) is of going to visit a friend who had moved away and being told off for filling half the car boot with my crafting projects, one of which I vividly remember being a tissue box cover made from a pair of old orange velvet curtains... sounds vile now, but I was really obsessed with making things!
My family is laden with things I have made; my aunt reminded me of the year I did a lace making evening class, and made a picture for her. As well as working with metal, particularly silver and copper, I also knit, sew, crochet, felt, bead, work with fused and stained glass (although my husband builds the panels I design because he is way better at it than I am!). I am currently learning to work with leather and have taken a beginner's painting course. 

What do you love most about what you create and the process of creating it?

I am passionate about working with silver: I particularly enjoy letting pieces form themselves and working with the result. Sometimes this means they go wrong, but the beauty of metal is that you can melt it and start again!
I started making silver 
jewellery because I wanted more than I could afford to buy and wanted designs that other people didn't have

Is this your total creative output or do you also work in other areas and if so what are they?

As you have probably gathered, silver is not my total creative output, see above!

Do you think that its important to specialise in one area or to have lots of creative outlets? Can one impact on the other, in positive or negative ways?

For me it is important to explore different materials and to take what I learn in one area and to apply it to other materials. 

What gets you out of bed in the morning and motivated to create wonderful things?

Quite simply because I enjoy it (and because it is my full time job I also need to earn money from it obviously!)

 Do you have the support of friends and family when crafting and do you and they value what you do?

 I  have some lovely friends I have made through crafting who are very supportive. My family was slightly freaked out when I said I was going to do it full time and still think they are waiting for me to return to being a full time trainer.

Thanks Sarah  for showing us your lovely work

See you all soon

Janice x

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