July 29, 2010

Introducing the Jewelry Swap Participants: Davinia

One great thing about organizing this jewelry swap is meeting some really cool people who are also involved in the jewelry business.  One of the new people I have met is Davinia.  She's a great jewelry designer who has recently started working with polymer clay (and you should definitely check out her polymer clay designs because they are as awesome as her completed jewelry!).  She is someone I might not have met otherwise since she is not from the United States.  Now that I have been lucky enough to meet her, I'll give you the chance to get to know a little bit about her!

Beadativity:  What is your name?
Davinia:  Davinia.

Beadativity:  When did you start designing and creating jewelry?
Davinia:  About 2 years ago.

Beadativity:  Why did you begin creating jewelry?
Davinia:  I don’t really know to be honest. I’ve scrapbooked, made ATC’s, started making art journals with lot’s of mixed media and jewelry just progressed from there. I think I get bored easily and just want to keep trying new things, experimenting and stretching myself a bit.

Beadativity:  What is your favorite piece of jewelry you have ever created?
Davinia:  There’s a few.

I really like all the pieces I made using wallpaper and grungeboard. Actually now I come to think of it that’s probably where I started my jewelry making journey. I had to teach myself how to put the the pieces together using wire, stringing, beading etc.

This is one of the first polymer clay pieces I’ve used in a necklace which is a new favourite.

Beadativity:  What is your favorite piece of jewelry you have seen (you can send a picture or link if you want)?
Davinia:  Too many to choose from really, so many designers I admire.

Beadativity:  What is your favorite jewelry making technique (beadweaving, wire wrapping, stringing, etc…)?
Davinia:  Beadweaving I haven’t tried yet and I enjoy wire wrapping although it can be a little frustrating at times trying to get the wrap perfect. At present I’m playing with polymer clay in the hopes I can make a lot of my own components rather than buying ready made.

Beadativity:  Where does your inspiration for your pieces come from?
Davinia:  Everywhere, TV, stores, magazines, unusual colour combinations I may have seen somewhere.

Beadativity:  Can my readers buy your jewelry? Where?
Davinia:  Yes, I have an Artfire online store http://www.artfire.com/users/backpocketdesigns.  And I also have a blog http://deeznews-dee.blogspot.com/

Beadativity:  What do you like to do in your spare time?
Davinia:  Apart from making jewlery, I’m an avid reader. I work part time so not a huge amount of spare time.

Beadativity:  Do you have any pets?
Davinia:  No.

Beadativity:  What is your favorite color?
Davinia:  Almost any shade of green.

Beadativity:  What is your favorite color to use in jewelry?
Davinia:  It changes, at the moment I’m using lots’ of black and silver but I think I need to add more colour now that the southern spring and summer are fast approaching.

Beadativity:  What is one new technique that you would like to learn?
Davinia:  I would really love to learn metal smithing.

Beadativity:  Tell us one interesting fact about yourself.
Davinia:  I’ve never met another person named Davinia.

This is just a quick peek into a really awesome jewelry designer.  Definitely check out her blog and her store to find out more about her!


Davinia said...

Thanks Kelly for featuring me on your blog.It's just the most fantastic way to meet new people (even if we are thousands of miles apart).

Designs by Dawn Marie said...

Great interview with Davinia! It's so funny to hear you are heading into spring. LOL Davinia, I love your unique creations. All your styles and the colors you choose really speak to me.

I thought of you last night. I saw a show on the television that was a 20/20 or dateline or something along that order. An hour long special anyhow and the daughter was named Davinia. They were from San Diego, CA. Seeing her name made me think of you!

Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Kell said...

Hi Davinia!
I'm totally psyched that you are willing to participate from so far away. I lived in Guam for three years, and I remember feeling so isolated from people who were interested in the things I was. I'm totally excited we've met and can't wait to send out your necklace (I've been working away at it)!

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