Oak Grove Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2012 featuring Metal Finalist
Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live? In Brno, Czech Republic, Europe.
What inspires you as a designer-artist? My biggest inspiration is nature itself. I also like fantasy worlds, fairies, Victorian and Medieval eras and Celtic art.
What medium do you work with mostly? I use mostly sterling or fine silver wire and sheet. For wire-wrapped pieces, I usually use 18-22 gauge for the base and 28-33 gauge for wrapping. I love gemstones and pearls, my favorites are especially moonstone, peridot and vesuvianite.
Why did you become enchanted with this style of jewelry-making? I make jewelry I would like to wear myself--it is that simple. I love making fantasies alive and my jewelry world is my favorite escape place.
Where and How do you sell your jewelry? I have an online world-wide shop: www.eire-handmade.com and I also sell my designs on etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Eirehandmade.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Oak Grove
What inspired this design? I love Celtic knotwork, oak leaves and green stones, so when I found out about the Metal Contest, it was a simple choice. I also wanted to test myself--to see if I can make the knotwork right and make such a big necklace from scratch--including bail, clasps etc. I am very happy that it came out so well.
How did it come together? I made a very detailed real-size sketch (most detailed I ever did, actually), because I wanted the knotwork to fit. I changed it a little, but otherwise, I followed it through. But most times, I only have a vague idea and adjust the design while working on it.