Shani says - Thank you for this nice opportunity.
Q. What is your art/craft and how long have you been doing it?
A. I create silver jewellery with semiprecious stones, sometimes combining them
with other materials like leather and lace. My designs can be romantic, mystic
or very clean and can fit people with different styles. I make custom designed
pieces from other metals as well. I love working on custom designs and involve
clients in design process. From time to time I also give jewellery making
courses in my studio in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Q. What got you started?
A. It's started with a lost earring. I have borrowed a pair of silver earrings from
my friend and one got lost. I couldn't find the same in any shop and decided to
make a new one by myself. Fortunately it was just a simple wire work. I went to
a local jewellery suppliers shop where I was amazed by variety of stones, silver
details, chains and interesting tools.
I made the earring and gave it back to my friend admitting that it was made by
me. She was very impressed and asked me to make a matching necklace for her.
That's how I discovered this profession.
Q. Are there any other arts and crafts that you would like to try your hand at? If
A. I really would like to try some crochet and engraving. I like ornaments and I
think these two techniques can add an extra esthetic value to my designs.
Q. What are your favorite materials to use?
A. It really depends on the project. I usually start with an idea
and carefully choose materials that fit my concept and design. I like to
experiment with non-traditional materials. For example, I dip lace in
transparent rubber and create "Lace stones" for setting.
Q. What and/or who inspires you?
A. I often visit jewellery exhibitions and trade shows. There you can always meet
new designers and get updated in jewellery trends, technologies and stones. This
summer I went to very inspiring Jewellery week in London.
Q. Do you have a Coupon Code for your Etsy Shop and/or website?
A. Yes, I have a Coupon Code with 15% discount. This the code 519427SJ. I have also
free basic shipping.
Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/shanidesign