We are thrilled to be sharing with you an interview by Lesley from Woodend Designs. Lesley is our Guest Maker. We have recently listed a small collection of her jewellery in our online shop. Pop across and have a wee LOOK!
- Why Woodend Design? What does the name mean to you?
I live in a gloriously unique wooden house, designed and built, over many years, by my husband. He always states that it took so long because it was constantly evolving, as recycled materials became available….its where all the wood ended up, so Woodend !
I consider myself multi-crafted, working across many medias. I am a pencil artist, illustrator, jewellery maker, gardener and collector of all natural things that one day I will have a use for. So, Designs is a nice umbrella term, allowing me to create without limits.
- Tell us about where you get your inspiration from to create.
I am inspired by just about anything, anything can set me off . Ivy can become a green halo around the head of a graveyard Angel, a limited pallet drawing. A dried, twisted honeysuckle branch, becomes a Titanium Quartz tipped Fairy Wand. The beach yields so many treasures, the workshop is groaning with them! From driftwood , quartz pebbles and sea glass to tissue thin shells. I suppose I am inspired by Nature in its many forms, and become excited by just how and what I can create with it all.
- Talk to us about gemstones. Why do they inspire you and where do you start when making a new piece?
Gemstones, pebbles, boulders, however a stone is in Nature, astounds and delights me. I am in awe of wave sculpted rocks, they ache with age and stability. Water tumbled pebbles smoothed and polished, tantalize. Precious gem stones, crystalline, opaque or dancing with light fascinate me. I love stones ! I have them laid out along my work bench, lit from above. To start a new piece I stand and stare, lift and hold, stroke and shine against the light to catch the heart of the stone. Sometimes it is colour that leads the choice, sometimes shape. I walk up and down, trying other stones for compatibility, choosing ones that enhance and support the main stone. That is the necklace begun.
- Do you have a favourite gemstone? If so which one is it and why?
I do not know if I have a favourite stone. I believe that stones have unique energies, each one pulsing with its own vibration. Some days one speaks to you more than others. I all ways have a chunk of Rose Quartz and Amethyst crystal in my hand bag though !
- Where would you like to take your jewellery making next?
I like challenges. If I get an idea I will keep going until I have mastered it, learning along the way. I sometimes use vintage necklaces, recycling the beads into something new. A recent find, a necklace of carved bone beads influenced me to create a new range of tribal / Shaman type pieces….great fun. I think I will look at bracelets next.
- We are interested in the ‘connections’ you make between the different media you work within. What inspires you to work across different media and do you see any connections?
Maybe the connections are natural forms, although figures, fantasy worlds and magic are all in there. The colour richness of stones evoke an era of opulence and beauty, the drawings an escape into a world of what if and maybe. Dried flowers and herbs, a moment of Summer.
I have to work on different fronts, create in a myriad of ways, shift from one discipline to another, because I am easily bored and I hate repetition.
Thank you so much Lesley. xx