Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Erin of Paper Rose Designs

I painstakingly drew this image, which I found in an old edition of Grey's Anatomy, onto copper, then enameled over the image (fired in my kiln at 1500 degrees) to provide the glossy, smooth surface.

WELCOME, Erin, and her Etsy shop PAPER ROSE DESIGNS.  The above enameled necklace is just one of Erin's designs that you will find when you visit her shop.  Be sure to pay a visit to PAPER ROSE DESIGNS to see her other unique, one-of-a-kind enameled necklaces.

First, let's learn a bit more about this delightful jewelry artist by reading her interview below.

What led you to start creating your art/craft?

I’ve admired enamel techniques since I was a child—cloisonné held a particular fascination for me—and it was a contemporary jewelry piece that I saw in a museum years later that led me to sign up for a studio class.

How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?

As an employee of an art museum, I got a big discount on the classes they offered. I was torn between taking metalsmithing and enameling; when I went to sign up, I found out that metalsmithing was filled up. Enameling it was! I’ve learned some metal fabrication techniques over the years. Enameling has been a constant learning process, which is wonderful.

What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?

It’s hard to name just one. I love when everything comes out perfectly. Enamels can be tempermental—the slightest variation can cause unexpected results. While those, too, can be interesting, I love pulling an item out of the kiln and seeing the perfectly domed, candy-colored, shiny enamel surface of a finished piece.

If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?

Mushrooms. Seemingly simple on the surface, but if you look closer, you notice fine details. Very versatile—you can do many different things with it. And I love both of ‘em!

If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?

I do lots of other creative things, but my favorite is probably photography. It invites a different way of looking at the world: I look more closely and carefully at angles and details.

What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?

Generally, I don’t infuse my enamel work with overarching themes—it tends to be simply about the form itself. That said, I do have a small line of necklaces wherein 100% of the profit goes to charities: the Susan Komen Foundation, the Humane Society, and the Ali Forney Center.

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Do something every day that stokes your curiosity and wonder.

Erin, it is a pleasure to have you and your unique jewelry here on DZFANTASY as a featured artist.  Thanks for a great interview and for sharing your creativity with everyone.

To learn more about Erin and her creations, be sure to visit her links listed below.

No comments: