I have the pleasure of introducing a blogging buddy of mine, Natalia. She is the designer/creator and owner of Natalia's Jewellery. I'm just going to jump right into the interview so that you can get to know her, and you can also visit her About Page on Etsy. =0)
Russian-born artist Natalia Khon began designing jewelry at the age of sixteen but considered her passion for art a hobby so pursued a degree in finances instead. When Natalia immigrated to British Columbia in 2002, nature became an inexhaustible source of inspiration for her, which made the young artist realize herself a jeweler not a financial advisor.
As a result Natalia enrolled herself in the two-year Jewelry Art and Design program at Vancouver Community College, graduating in 2005 a jewelry-technician, well versed in a myriad of jewelry techniques.
In Natalia's jewelry online shop you will find unusual handmade necklaces, rings, earrings and more. Artisan silver jewelry can become a unique gift for women and men, either they are buying jewelry for themselves or for somebody else. Her goal in design is to make those special pieces that can become a keepsake.
Q: What inspires you?
My greatest inspiration is nature. It is an endless source that I won't be able to get away from. Everything is beautiful and everything is inspiring for me: the trees, insects, animals, birds, ocean life.
My work always starts with a sketch. After several sketches, I choose my favorite ones and give them dimension with watercolors. Then I narrow it down to one design and begin working with either wax or metal, whichever material best fits the design. Silver is my favorite material because it gives endless opportunities to metal artists. It is not limited to size and is very versatile; it can be tarnished, colored or polished and can sustain a shape or be flexible and dynamic. My favorite tool is a saw-frame as it is the best for shaping intricate and ornamental pieces that I believe best compliment the natural beauty of a woman.
Q: What is your favorite piece of jewelry to design and create?
That would be this piece, no doubt. I designed it and put together. Eight of my friends and me made all the parts for this wearable art piece. I got to keep the result (unless sold, of course).
Q: Do you accept custom requests?
I do accept custom orders. I am taking this Summer off, but if you are not in a hurry, please feel free to contact me.
Q: What is your favorite aspect of selling on Etsy?
I love the idea of working in my studio from home. I have a baby and would like to spend as much time with him as possible. I used to like going to work and spending ours on the road. I had a couple of different jobs and used to go eat out or do shopping in between the jobs. It is not the idea of having fun for me anymore :)
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Natalia is graciously giving one lucky 2justByou Blog reader a set of Sterling Silver earrings, one of the Ocean Life pieces, with a retail value of $30!
Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on Sunday, July 20th at 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.
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Good luck to you all!
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