Jewelry Designer Lisa
Lisa lives in Gloucester, England and has a thriving on-line Etsy store, Listiques. She makes her unique jewelry from recycled items.
After taking apart the items she finds at charity stores, the process of reassembling the beads, charms, chain and fasteners yields one of her wonderfully creative jewelry pieces. Lisa says “I love to re-use and there are so many beautiful things out there just waiting to be given a new lease of life!”
I am very inspired by current trends in fashion and style as well as vintage and antique items. I love a whole mixture of these things and love to blend them together. I also am a huge fan of animals and nature and these things are one of my favourite things to capture in jewellery.
I have a small work space in my living room which is usually a little cluttered with fabric scraps and beads and buttons. I have my favourite pictures on the wall above my craft space which is a whole mixture of things that keep me inspired.
Felt flower Collar Necklace by Lisa
I think my most successful item was my first Felt Flower Collar Necklace. I absolutely love florals and this piece inspired me to continue to make jewellery using felt and fabric. Felt and fabric items are now my favourite things to make and are now really gaining popularity in my shop. I think to start with people were a little confused by the idea of jewellery made from fabric, it is unusual, but now i’m selling more and more fabric items.
My biggest frustration is not having as much time as I would like to sit and make jewellery! I work at a secondary school and fitting in jewellery making around it can be tough but I love making jewellery so I squeeze it in wherever I can .
My biggest joy is listing something new and seeing people’s reactions. I think of my facebook page (facebook.com/listiques) almost like a blog, it’s now gained more followers and they are very supportive and positive. It really helps me to be motivated and keeps me on the right track.
I think I would have to be something uber chocolatey, or else something with cinnamon, apple and raisons
It’s something simple but something I use everyday which are my scissors! They are particularly sharp and are fab for cutting fiddly nooks and corners. Without them, Listiques jewellery would be much harder to make!
I sometimes listen to music when jewellery making but I tend to prefer to have the TV on in the background. I don’t really watch it, and it doesn’t really matter what channel or programme is on. I think the general murmur of voices sort of puts me in a zone!
For me it would be www.spoonflower.com
It’s an amazing resource for anyone who uses fabrics in their craft, though they also make wallpaper! I love spoonflower so much because every piece of fabric on the site has been designed by someone like you or me. I think its wonderful to support small designers in this way, not to mention the fact that the designs are endless, unique and amazing! I have started to list my own designs on Spoonflower, which is such fun because I can now make exclusive Listiques designs. It’s great for times when you can’t quite find what you wanted, you can just make your own fabric!
Children’s Stacking Bangles by Lisa
I think that you have to love what you do, take it day by day and take your time to build things up. It takes time! And that’s OK. I can’t recommend the Etsy community enough for their help, advice and support. If you’re struggling with something they are a brilliant collective of people and there is always someone that can answer your questions or direct you to something that can help.
Listiques is now available to buy in a gorgeous handmade only shop called The Arter in Stratford Upon Avon in the UK which I am very excited about!I also have a facebook page where I show new items before they make it onto Etsy. I also run regular giveaway competitions and share any Listiques news.
I have a Blog also, where I share fab craftspeople, have articles on fashion and do some DIY tutorials.
Felt Hummingbird Necklace by Lisa
We thank Lisa for taking the time to answer our questions, take a look what else she’s up to at her Etsy store Listiques!