What do blinking eyes, felt, and faux bone have in common?
Just wait until you see!
I have been an enormous fan of Vicky Hunt ever since we stumbled into one another on the internet.
Her work is whimsical and fresh and completely unique. And there is SO much to look at in every piece she creates.
I finally took the time to send Vicky some questions so I could SPOTLIGHT! her here and she was gracious and quick in her response!
What drew you to jewelry making? How long have you been at it ?
I was living in South Africa and had been banned from doing any more paintings by my other half (we were out of wall space). SA is full of people selling beautiful and intricate beadwork on the sides of the roads and it really interested me. So I bought some seed beads, some clear fishing thread and a beading book and got started. Also, as I had my first newborn at that time, it was an easy hobby to pick up and put down. So I got started in 2005 and things progressed from there.
If you could go back to the beginning and do one thing differently, what would it be?
I would have studied medicine at university instead of engineering.
If you mean about jewellery making – I wouldn’t do anything different. Its the fact that I haven’t been able to do a formal metalsmithing course or experiment with soldering equipment and torches at home that has taken me on my journey so far – using wool, cold connections etc.
Having said that, I would love to have soldering equipment at home now though as there are lots of things I’m itching to be able to do and learn.
How do you deal with periods of “creative block” or low creativity?
I don’t fight it. I’m in one at the moment. I just do something else that doesn’t require any creativity. Right now I’m knitting a jumper by following a pattern in a magazine – no thought required!
Who are some of your favorite artists and crafters?
I have heaps of favourite arists & crafters, but my current top 3 are:
Jacey Boggs (Insubordiknit)
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received related to your craft/busine
To spend time trying to get my photos better. As I mainly try to sell my work online, photos are so important. My photos still are not as good as I would like, but I cringe when I think of how badly they sucked when I first started my website!
What’s the best advice you could give someone just starting out?
Go with the flow of what interests you. You may have an idea of say, wanting to learn wirewrapping but halfway down the road something else takes your fancy – just go with it. Don’t be afraid to change direction. I also reckon you cannot have too many books.
What do you do when you aren’t working on jewelry ?
I’m a mum to 2 kiddies (ages 2 years and 5 years) so they take up most of my daytime activities. I also love to spin art yarns and knit and crochet.
At the moment most of my time is spent trying to find a ‘proper’ job which will pay me a wage that I can live on! But I just keep getting rejections, hence I am in a completely pissed off, uncreative mood.
Define ‘success’ for us……..what does it mean to you?
‘Success’ to me would be being able to support my family on earnings from my craft/jewelry creating activities. So as yet I’m ‘unsuccessful’!
What would we be surprised to find out about you?
Hmmmm. I’ve led quite a varied life. I have a Masters Degree in Engineering from Oxford University (UK), am a Chartered Accountant & Tax Accountant, was in the Army for a while, taught scuba diving in Thailand and also worked on big motor yachts for a couple of years around the Pacific/Carribean.
I was born in the UK but have lived and worked all over the world, currently living in New Zealand. Land of the sheep.
I also have a full back tattoo of an octopus and am a Ginga. That is where my shop/artist name ‘Ginga Squid’ comes from (‘Ginga Octopus’ just didn’t sound right).
Where would you like to see yourself in 10 years?
I would like be living and working on my own pearl farm in Tahiti (or Oz). I think it would be cool as I could combine my business skills with jewelry and scuba. And I don’t like to eat oysters, so my investement would be safe.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I don’t think I would be at this stage in my jewellery-making life without the friendships, positive attitudes and help that I have found on this Forum. Its really awesome.
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