Hello Dear Readers:
It had been a while since I have had a chance to take some time and interview other unique and interesting indie artists and I have missed being able to do that, but finally today I have an interview for you with the fun and talented jewelry designer, Rachel Kupper, owner of Fable Link Jewelry. Read on to learn about her lovely and sweet jewelry creations that embody a world of wonder and whimsy.
|Rachel Kupper, owner and artisan: Fable Link Jewelry|
What inspired you to become a jewelry designer?
When I was a kid I always used to love making things with my hands. I would make beaded jewelry and sell it to all the neighborhood kids. I would have to say though, that my real love for creating jewelry was discovered when I took a metals class in high school. I was hooked. I liked how there was so many different techniques and ways to manipulate metal and that the possibilities to create beautiful pieces of jewelry was endless. I had found my medium and knew that designing and creating jewelry was what I was meant to do.
|Sterling Dragon Pendant|
How do you begin your design process and what are your favorite materials?
My design process begins with whatever happens to pop in my head. Whether it be from nature, folklore, antique objects or just some random thought. Once I think of a design I will sketch it down right away. From there I will take a sheet of sterling silver and coat the surface with a layer of white water color paint. Then, I will put a piece of carbon paper over the metal and draw my design on top of the paper. It will leave a nice clean image. I will then lightly scribe over the image, so that if it gets smudged when I am cutting it with my jeweler's saw I will still be able to see the outline of my design. All of my material is sterling silver including the chains I use for my necklaces and bracelets down to the solder. I can also work in gold upon request.
|Sterling Fox Necklace|
You have a lot of wonderful whimsical, dreamy, fantasy themes in your pieces. What is your favorite theme to create around?
That's hard to say, because I like fantasy as well as dreamy and whimsical themes. I find that I try to combine them a lot of the time to make it my own, but I would have to say in general the over all theme that I try to convey would be more of a whimsical theme.
|Sterling Crow and Key Necklace|
Describe the very first piece you created?
The very first piece I created other then when I was in school, was a fairy necklace with filigree soldered into the wings. It is the same fairy design I have in my shop.
|Sterling Fairy Necklace|
What piece of jewelry remains your favorite?
I would have to say the barn owl necklace with the lantern. I absolutely love barn owls (hence the logo :)).
|Sterling Barn Owl with Lantern|
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I have two small children, so I am usually running around the house saying things like, "don't eat that, that's not food!" "Quit biting me!" And "do you need help wiping your butt?" So, when I do have some time to myself and I am not working on my jewelry or thinking of poems to go with new pieces, I like to indulge in a hot bath and get lost in a good fiction novel, and spending time with my hubby.
What handmade possession do you treasure the most?
The fairy necklace, because it is the first piece of jewelry I made that drove me to start designing and creating my own jewelry.
Where can we find your jewelry?
My website for sales is on etsy:
Social Network sites:
I have also started doing art shows in North Carolina and I have signed up to do an art show in downtown Durham which is September 19th and 20th called CenterFest Arts Festival.
Rachel, thank you so much for sharing all the information about your whimsical and lovely jewelry! :)
Until next time, dear readers.....Love, Cat
PHOTOS: Are the property of and copyright of Rachel Kupper and Fable Link Jewelry, and are used with her permission.