Sunday, 6 February 2011
The WireWorkers Guild
Who is also the owner and
manager of her own shop
in Tavistock, Devon.
So read on ...
to hear how Ali became a
wire and bead passionata ...
WHAT'S YOUR BACKGROUND,
HOW DID YOU GET INTO MAKING
My professional background is Hotel and
Catering, front and back of house. I started
making jewellery about 5 years ago.
I have come a long way since then!
ARE YOU SELF-TAUGHT OR HAVE YOU
ATTENDED ANY COURSES?
I am self-taught. However, I have attended
a wire-wrapping course at Shiney Rocks in
Bristol and this did open a whole new media
up for me to explore. I was also inspired by
one of your previous featured artists -
Sue Mason-Burns of Kiwi Creations - who
has been nicknamed Wire Woman. Her work
is amazing and so vibrant.
WHAT THEMES OR IDEAS INSPIRE YOUR
Is it too weird to say that "the beads and wire talk
to me"? I also take my cue from NATURE, it puts
the strangest colours together and they work!
HAVE YOU GOT A FAVOURITE DESIGN AND
I don't have a favourite design - I have phases. These
vary from day to day. I frequently seek new ideas from
my fellow jewellers and always ask before I "steal" an
HOW DO YOU SELL AND PROMOTE YOUR WORK?
I am very lucky to have my own shop in Tavistock, Devon,
called TREASURED FOREVER. I regularly update my
days creations on Facebook, where in turn I have made
some wonderfully supportive jeweller friends - thank you
WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS AND GOALS FOR THE
Jewellery making started as a complete hobby for me and I
was very fortunate to be able to turn it into a business.
My 'goals'? I guess that would be to evolve and improve.
I want to be a success, but most of all, I want anyone who
wears a piece of mine to feel - SPECIAL!