This is the first of my monthly “Featuring…” posts where I will be interviewing a fellow crafter who I’ve had direct experience with and think they are fab! I’ll be finding out what they do, where they draw their inspiration, and because I love going on holiday – where their dream holiday would be!
So without further ado, here is the fabulous JewelOri……
Q. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
Hello! I am a full-time student studying MSc Occupational Therapy and also a part-time care worker. In my spare time I love crafting, and I will try anything I discover e.g. knitting, jewellery making, decoupage, crochet and paper-sculpting. I relish watching craft programmes such as the ones by Kirstie Allsopp and also reading craft books and magazines, my current favourite is Simply Homemade magazine.
Q. And what is JewelOri and how did it come about?
JewelOri combines my passion for glitzy bits and jewellery making (Jewel) with paper and paper-crafts (Ori – from origami). Initially I went to an origami club at University as a joke but really enjoyed it; my sister bought me a book which merged origami and jewellery together. I then expanded to other paper-crafts and paper sculpting, I began to design home decorations, gifts and Christmas decorations alongside my jewellery. I started to sell at craft fairs and via Facebook as a hobby business. From there I have now started to blog, Tweet and have an online shop on www.tosouk.com.
Q. Your designs are gorgeous, where or what do you get your inspiration from?
I get my inspirations mainly from the seasons and my current surroundings. I love anything bright and bold, quirky and unusual, along with a bit of sparkle every so often. I like to see what others are doing in their work (fashion, home décor etc) and design my items to compliment current fashions and trends, as well as more unique tastes. Well you have to have something to suit everyone!
Q. If you had to name a favourite piece that you’ve made, which would it be?
My favourite piece has to be the first necklace I ever made. It is created from 64 individual pieces of paper entwined together to create a starburst effect. It takes a lot of patience and time to create but I think it really is worth it!
Q. How can people get in contact with you and see your beautiful products?
E-Shop – www.tosouk.com/people/shop/jewelori
Facebook – www.facebook.com/jewelori
Twitter - @JewelOri
Blog – http://jewelori.blogspot.com
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Random question – what would be your dream holiday?
My dream holiday would be to return to Townsville, Australia I had an awesome time there. However to address my childish side I’d love to visit the Harry Potter theme park at Disney, Orlando!!
Q. And last question, what does 2012 hold for JewelOri?
2012 is rather hectic personally as I’ve just started my degree, but I have a few craft fairs lined up including the Norwich Makers Market on the 17th April. This year’s main focus is to be on networking with my blog and online-shop and to raise my profile with Twitter and Facebook
Thank you JewelOri
I hope you’ll all go and visit JewelOri on and take a look at her designs, I’m especially excited as I’ve ordered 100 origami roses for our wedding table centre pieces and origami roses for the guys buttonholes!
Take care and until next time….