Sunday, August 31, 2008

Squidgeaboo / Kierabel Designs: Beads and Pearls

Squidgeaboo is one of the newest members of the team, and her etsy shop features lovely beads and pearls in necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Her shop's tag line is "peace, love and Happiness" and her work really does convey these emotions through their pleasing colors and composition. Read on to learn a little more about our newest SquidEtsian.

Tell us about your jewelery.
I design jewelery focusing on bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. Currently I’m using a lot of pearls in my work, but I also use all sorts of beads. I have a favorite bead store that I shop at, and I garner a lot of inspiration from there, but I’m constantly reading and trying new techniques. My latest new technique is working with memory wire.

What first inspired you to start designing?
After I gave birth to my daughter, Annabel, I couldn’t find a Mother’s bracelet that embodied my style. They all looked too frilly, somehow. With some encouragement from my husband, I decided to make my own. It turned out amazingly, and soon I was hooked! I made bracelets for all my friends, my Mom, and soon I had requests from friends of friends.

What are you working on right now?
Right now I’m working with a lot of pearls, memory wire, and filling some orders for family and friends from my trip to Winnipeg. I’m planning on developing a few new items for the store, including some children’s items. I’m also starting to work with reclaimed jewelery, redesigning old or out-of-date items into new pieces.

How would you like to develop your shop in the future?
I want to work on developing and furthering my technique with making rings and wire wrapping.

What's your favorite item in your shop?
My favourite item is the Flapper Necklace (lower right picture). It looks so cool on! Peeking out from a shirt- it’s so unusual! I also really am into the wrap bracelets (upper right picture). My daughter steals them when she sees me wearing them, but they are fun to wear!

What's the most interesting item you've seen on etsy?
I really like the Echinacea ring from herbanelements