I throughly enjoyed my visit to The Pretty Peacock shop out on Etsy!! What lovely, unique pieces of jewelry she has. Do yourself a favor and be sure to pay a visit to THE PRETTY PEACOCK! Before you do, take the time to hear what Ana, has to say about her work, and what inspires her.
What led you to start creating your art/craft?
I consider jewelry a very personal thing. I know we all wear pieces that just happen to look nice with the outfit we are wearing, but I wanted to create jewelry designed to be worn everyday and carry special meaning. My creative outlet of stringing beads evolved into creating jewelry pieces from fine and sterling silver that had rich texture, a hint of sparkle and be adorned with names, dates, quips, quotes - anything that holds meaning to the wearer. I wanted to create pieces that were treasures.
How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?
When I first started creating jewelry, I started with Swarovski crystals and an assortment of beads. I have A.D.D when it comes to my art, so I had to pick up a new skill. I came across precious metal clay (fine silver) and fell in love with it immediately. After a couple of classes and countless hours of practice, I can safely say it is my favorite medium to create with. I also enjoy working with sterling silver and copper - but the fine silver is so versatile and has that great organic feel to it, so I am automatically more drawn to it as a medium.
What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?
The entire creative process is a necessary part of my life - it feeds the soul, right? So, I'd have to say that there isn't any particular point in the design to the execution of the piece that I find more enjoyable over the other. I can tell you, that since being on Etsy and having to claim my glorified hobby as a full-fledged small business, the paperwork and all the record keeping is the LEAST enjoyable part :) ! AMEN to that Ana...I couldn't agree with you more!
If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?
I'd have to say it's a multi-layer fruit - like a banana or tangerine. It has the outer, first glance part of it that just looks like a pretty piece of jewelry, and then you delve deeper and see that it carries a message - the 'meat' of the piece (the best part!!).
If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?
Wow, hmmm, I really wish I could draw or paint, or both. It would be incredible to capture emotion like that.
What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?
That jewelry can be more than just "pretty" - it can invoke emotion, start conversation, and most importantly, provide you with a tangible piece of a memory.
What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?
I think whenever you get an arena where you start selling your artwork, you very easily can be caught up in the "what sells?" mind-set rather than staying true to your own creativity. My advice would be to always stay true to your creativity. If you find someone emulating your designs, it's simply your opportunity to create something more intriguing. If you get in a rut, don't obsess - detach yourself, get some air, renew your spirit and move forward.
GREAT, thoughts, GREAT artistic jewelry! Thanks, Ana for sharing a little bit of yourself with all of us. I do believe you have accomplished what you want to achieve with your creations. Now don't forget....be sure to visit THE PRETTY PEACOCK by clicking on the links below.