It's Mini-Marvel time!
As many know, I have started on the path to learning how to metalsmith. I have been privileged to have the opportunity to meet some AMAZINGLY talented artisans from whom I have learned a great deal and been inspired to aim high and never give up! Bellabijoujewellery is one of those who inspired me to push my limits and aim for the sky...:)
I asked her to share a little about her journey:
I am one of those people who has a ridiculous memory. I can remember lyrics to almost every song I have ever heard. I can remember what I wore to the first day of school when I was 5. I can tell you what song was playing the first time I danced a slow dance at a school dance. I can remember saying I was going to be an artist from as far back as preschool.
Born and raised in Vancouver BC, my parents always encouraged my "crafty" side. Birthday and Christmas presents were always craft and art related - whether it was a paint easel, a sewing machine, or a pottery wheel ( yes, I was the only kid I knew that had a pottery wheel - mind you it was meant for kids and never worked quite right...). My mother ran her own small business, and my Dad was, is and always will be the ultimate build it guy. From houses, to boats, to cars and motorcycles - if you asked Dad to build it, he would. Its no wonder to me now how I grew up to be an entrepreneur with the "I think I can make that" mindset.
I didn't however choose to channel my artistic tendencies into metalsmithing right away. I was at a turning point in my personal life when I decided that the beaded jewellery I was already making and selling just wasn't doing it for me. Some say that is the best time to throw caution to the wind and try something new - and it was the best thing I have done in my adult life. A few months later brought a new place to live, with a new boyfriend (I really wanna say soulmate but am trying not to get too corny here) and support system, and my first set of jewellers tools.
From there I grew - as a person and an artist on a mission. I was going to teach myself as much as I can retain ( remember that memory thing? I think this is where it is finally coming in handy!) I am proud to say I am self taught by trial and error. I feel it proves my perseverance and passion for what I do. Each time I discover a new tool ( or better yet, and old tool), each time I light that torch, each time I put the final touches on a piece of jewellery, then stand back and look at it, I fall in love with metalsmithing a little bit more, and it reminds me that this is what I am meant to do!