I’m a little obsessed right now with incorporating fibers and handcrafts into jewelry. I’ve always been really attracted to handcrafts such as crocheting, knitting and needlepoint.
As a product developer and designer, I look for ways in which artisans can create unique handcrafts and make money doing what they love. The inexpensive cost of labor in third world countries make it really hard for people to create handmade products and earn a livable wage. I think the trick might be in creating items, such as jewelry, that typically have a higher perceived value than say a pin cushion or a napkin.
Here are some exciting pieces that I have found and want to share with you.
I’m so loving what Vanya at VanessaHandmade is creating on Etsy. Vanya is a self-taught artist in Bulgaria creating really unique and wonderful pieces.
To see more of Vanya’s work, visit her Etsy site at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/vanessahandmade?ref=l2-shopheader-name
Jill O’Leary has been an artist as long as she can remember. Her love and passion is working with fabric, fibers and color. Jill does a lot of custom work and I can’t help but drool over all of the lovelies that fill her Etsy shop.
To see more or Jill’s work, visit her Esy site at: https://www.etsy.com/listing/164648211/reserved-for-sophie-black-wool
Alyson G. Design
Alyson is creating beautiful pieces of wearable art using silk and semi-precious stones. Her pieces are truly beautiful.
To see more of Alyson’s work, visit her website at: http://www.alysong.com/silk.html
Although all of these are super lovely looks, which style are you most attracted to? The hand crochet, needlepoint or silk?
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