Interview with YouveGotMaille

April 5, 2009 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

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This week’s interview is with Deanna of YouveGotMaile, from Tennessee, USA.

 1.  How long have you had a website/blog?

I opened my Etsy shop May 24, 2008, my blog a few months after that, and my website around September.  I keep the first two up but the website needs attention.

http://youvegotmaille.etsy.com  and  http://SecondRenaissance.etsy.com

http://youvegotmaille.blogspot.com

http://www.youvegotmaille.net

 2.  How did you get into jewelry making as a business/hobby and how long have you been doing it?

I took a metalsmithing class at Appalachian Center for Craft (an amazing place!) in February 2008.  For the class, I acid-etched a brass triangle with heiroglyphs, and I wanted to make a chainmaille collar to set it in.  So I did some research on chainmaille and found the fantatic websites with tutorials out there – http://www.mailleartisans.org and http://www.cgmaille.com  They’re both free.  I was hooked.  I’ve since become obsessed with wire wrapping as well, and then seed bead weaving, and am just now getting a workshop set up so I can come full circle and do some metalsmithing again.  Funny thing is, I still haven’t finished the maille colar for that acid etched piece.

 3. Who are your favorite online jewelry designers?

For maille, Corvus Chainmaille, IKOW Designs and Maille Mystique (and MANY others).  For wire, I’d have a hard time choosing among the amazing ladies of Etsy’s Wire Artisans guild – which I was honored to be accepted to this February!  I also greatly admire Shaktipaj Designs, Gailavira, My Wired Imagination, Wire Bliss Mei, of course Eni Oken and a lot of others.  For bead weaving my favorites are Sand Fibers, Sandra Halpenny and Time2Cre8.  I spend lots of time visiting jewelry websites (too much, really).

 4.  What is your favorite medium to work with?

Whatever catches my fancy at the moment?  I’d still probably have to say chainmaille.  You work into a rhythm and it’s relaxing the way needlework or crochet is relaxing.  Plus, I think I need more miles on my wire work, bead weaving and metalwork before I’m really comfortable in my own creativity.

 5.  Are you self taught or have you studied jewelry making professionally?

Mostly self-taught, except for the eight-week metalsmithing class I took.  I’d really like to take some more classes at the Center for Craft, the people and atmosphere there are amazing.  Possibly even a certificate or degree in metalsmithing at some point.

 6.  What has been your favorite creation?

The ones that are still in my head are my favorites.  I’m enchanted with the creative process.  But, if I had to choose something I’ve done, I’d say the Celtia chainmaille choker I sold a few months ago http://www.flickr.com/photos/youvegotmaille/3024818870/, and of the things for sale now, I love the ribbony look of the “Gaia” pendant that’s in my Second Renaissance shop. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=19308509

 7.  What site do you use for selling your products on?

At the moment, almost exclusively Etsy, although I have plans for my shops on Artfire, Fine Art America and Winkelf, and of course my own website.  I’m excited about an opportunity to join a local gallery that’s opening for artisans in my area and I’m hoping they’ll have some sort of online presence, as well.

 8.  What type of jewelry do you make?

I have two distinct styles.  In the You’ve Got Maille shop, there’s a lot of colorful maille items, lots of fun items that are really popular with young people in my area, and there’s also a lot that fits the Renaissance Faire-going crowd, including chainmaille chokers, wire ear cuffs, and I hope to do some circlets and torcs and such.  In the Second Renaissance shop, the aura is more sophisticated, mostly precious metals and semiprecious cabochons, my wirework and bead weaving with a Victorian bent. It feels more like art to me.

 9.  Do you belong to any online jewelry making groups or forums?

I administrate Etsy’s Chainmailler’s Guild (currently having an awesome contest, check out the blog:  http://chainmaillersguild.blogspot.com) and Etsy’s Wire Artisans Guild ( http://thewireartisansguild.blogspot.com ).  I’m also in Artfire’s Chainmaillers Guild.  I’m a member of jewelrygeeks.com ( http://www.jewelrygeeks.com/youvegotmaille ) and Maillers Worldwide ( http://corvuschainmaille.ning.com/profile/Deannayouvegotmaille ).  I also recently joined Creative Wire Jewelry’s Year of Jewelry and will be making my first piece very shortly  ( http://creativewirejewelryyoj.typepad.com/cwjs_year_of_jewelry_2009/ ).

 10. Which is your favorite jewelry making website/blog?

Tough call!  Can I pick one for each thing I do?  For wire jewelrylessons.com has great tutorials and a nice community.  For chainmaille mailleartisans.org for sure.  For bead weaving I love bead-patterns.com, lots of free and for sale patterns to get you started.  I also have a massive blogroll I visit on a daily basis

 

 

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