Friday, March 6, 2015

Novelty Brooch Friday - March

Happy March and a happy new Novelty Brooch Friday maker.

This month's maker is Heather from MerriWeather,  Heather creates wonderful jewellery inspired by the images and accessories of the 1940s, those wonderful iconic symbols: hearts, arrows, horseshoes, acorns..........a lady after my own heart.

Thank you Heather for your insightful answers, I really enjoyed reading about your experience, your inspirations and a little bit about your home town.

When did you start making jewellery and what inspired you to do so.

I started making jewellery because I desperately wanted a MacArthur Heart, but every one I found was over $700 - so I thought “I am just going to make one myself!”  So I started by carving the original out of clay. Then I had to figure out how to make a mould from it. Trying out different casting methods, and different resins - I was hooked!

I have really enjoyed the process of designing the different pieces for my shop, carving the original parts, and trying to get them just right.

Your brooches are made of resin, do you find it an easy material to work with?  Are there other materials you haven't worked with that you would like to experiment with?

Resin is easy and it is terrible! Different resins have a different finish and different clarity, they all have different hardening times. There is a bit of a learning curve to getting it just right. I think the hardest part is getting your original carving right- to create your mould from. Your mould is only as good as your original part.

I would really like to try to do some mixed materials. I would like to do some wood and resin brooches. I just need to figure out how to make the moulds. I have a few pieces that involve two-part moulds, it was really fun to figure out how to make the pieces work together.

Can you list some of the jewellery makers you admire.

I love love, love Martha Sleeper. Her work is so amazing and whimsical, it just brings me joy to look at her work. I also really love Belle Kogan, one of the first female Industrial Designers, she did all these amazing 2-tone, polka-dot pieces and bangles. Plus she did these spectacular folded origami type ceramics.

Of course, Elsa Schiaparelli, she makes you want to figure out how to build a time machine! I just love her take on things. She was so incredibly artistic, she makes me want to learn how to knit, and how to make hats. I find her truly inspiring.

You are based in Austin, Texas, can you tell us a bit about Austin and what you love about living there.

I was born in Austin, so I am a bit biased - it is the capital of Texas. It has always been this beacon for artists and musicians, creatives have been drawn to it for decades. It is a university town, so there is always an influx of youth.

There is a great music scene, there are always fabulous bands playing every night, and there are always bands passing through. There is always something to do. It is a wonderful and creative place, full of supportive people, you can be yourself- whoever that is.

Is there any advice you can give people thinking of starting their own business.

More than anything else I would say - do what you love. Do what makes you happy.  Create what makes you happy, and what brings you joy. Otherwise, what is the point? Start small, always push yourself to learn new techniques, do new designs, try new methods - learn as much as you can. Just make sure you enjoy it. Your joy will show in your work.


And so the brooch you could be in with a chance to win for #NoveltyBroochFriday in March is this beautiful 'Love Letters' brooch.

Just use the hashtag on any Friday in March, showing your favourite brooches on Instagram.

Thank you again Heather, and if you'd like to keep up to date with her creations you can also follow MerriWeather36 on Instagram.

See you every Friday for yours and my novelty brooch fix xxx

1 comment:

  1. I love merriweather. I have two of her brooches
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