Hello everyone! Along with my own Perfume News posts, I will be interviewing talented artists and designers. I plan on doing as many artist interviews on my blog as my "spare time" will allow :) My first featured artist is Kristy Carey of Vintage Fusion Jewels. Kristy is a multi-talented jewelry designer, fellow etsian, and awesome geek who also happens to write great! Thank you, Kristy, for taking the time to answer my questions and share the lovely pictures of your jewelry on my blog!
How long have you been making your jewelry creations?
This has three different dates... Why? Well... Mostly because I'm a little odd
and have three different dates in my head. ^^
October 2010 is when I first made jewelry. My mom and I had seen a necklace at
Fashion Bug and I'd wrongfully thought "I could make one I like for less
money." I did make one I liked more, but in the end it cost me a lot more.
Over the next few months I made perhaps 30 pieces in all, mostly when I
needed to be creative.
April 2011... I'd lost my job in March, but was also faced with my mothers
passing during that time... In April, with no job and no desire to actually
find one, I decided to start making jewelry for a living. My pieces were raw
and my prices were low.... So, I tended to make no money.
November 2011... Tired of not making any money, but also feeling a desire to
try for something more, I spent the next two months refining myself and
deciding who I wanted to be. Turns out, my desire was to be a jewelry designer,
not a crafter. Since then, I've been a part of four runway shows, two of which I've
been in charge of my part, as well as photo shoots and concepts.
What or who inspires your creations?
The past... and the future. Music, movies, comic books, other artists.
Sometimes I'll be laying half awake and have a sort of dream about a piece.
Other times, I stare at everything until it talks to me. I never know what I'll
set out to make, but instead let the jewelry elements tell me their own
How do you begin your design process?
It varies. Sometimes I'll pull out a base element and stare at it until I know
how to use it. Other times I'll start pulling out little bits of everything and
just keep at it until it speaks to me.
What are your favorite components/materials to work with?
I love to take something already created and pull it apart. Mostly this is
jewelry... and not just old jewelry. I've bought brand new jewelry and taken it apart
to create something new and beautiful.
Beyond that, I also like to use odds and ends that I find. Things you'd never
think to put into jewelry.
What other things besides jewelry do you like to create?
Beyond jewelry, I'm a writer. Creating worlds and the people who live in
them is a blast. It helps me... well, it helps me stay a little sane and get
all the stories in my head out.
What other interests do you enjoy in your spare time?
Hmm... I write... I love fashion in general. I'd like to work at styling photo
shots. Otherwise, the typical books, movies and music. I'm a huge geek, so
geekiness is always a blast.
What is your favorite quotation?
Acks!! Just one? >.> Nope, you get more.
"I'd say that Kristy had lost it, but to lose something you must first have
"Dreams don't die, we kill them." -- Danny McGuire [Gene Kelly], XANADU
"Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I'm through with playing by the rules
Of someone else's game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes: and leap!
It's time to try
I think I'll try
And you can't pull me down!" -- Defying Gravity, Wicked
Where can we find your gorgeous jewelry?