Today is the debut of Creator's Corner and we have a special guest; Kym from Kym Hunter Designs. Kym has been featured in articles such as Stampington & Co. Jewelry Affairs Magazine and she is a regular participant in jewelry blog hops. Kym was kind enough to answer some our questions and share her amazing jewelry creations with us. You are going to fall in love with her unique jewelry creations. Let's see what this talented creator has to say.
Tell us about the art you create and why you enjoy working with this particular medium.
I discovered jewelry making about 10 years ago at a woman’s retreat. I was very excited to be able to make jewelry to suite my style and also found it to be a wonderful way to fulfill the need of my creative soul. My favorite designs include natural beads and stones, sterling silver, copper, brass and handmade artisan beads. My jewelry designs are one of a kind and eclectic. I love texture and am drawn to stones and pearls that are irregular, rough and have an interesting look and shape.
Share something that you do to stay motivated and creating art.
Sometimes it seems like design ideas flow easily and at times my muse takes frequent naps. I try to at least make a pair of earrings every day. I am inspired by the beauty of nature and life. Sometimes taking a walk will help renew my creativity.
What are some of the things you do to continue learning and polishing your skills as a craftsman/artist?
I enjoy learning new techniques and try to take a couple of classes or workshops a year. I subscribe to a couple of different magazines and purchase jewelry making books.
Right now I have a 9 to 5 job and am only able to dedicate about 15 hours a week. I plan on retiring in 3 years and I am working toward building my jewelry business for the next stage in my life.
Where do you look for inspiration? What about this inspires you the most?
- Favorite place – My backyard. It is my oasis, especially early in the morning.
- Favorite person – This is hard, as I admire so many people. My mother-in-law always encouraged my creativity. This was very precious to me, as my parents did not appreciate creativity and thought it was frivolous.
- Favorite thing; book, website, quote – “Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” – Ray Bradbury
I asked Kym to share one of her favorite tools. and this particular tool does. This is what she said....
I never thought about it before, but I would have to say my hammers. I have several different types of hammers and mallets. I especially love pounding on metal. It’s very therapeutic. I love the way the hammer transforms a smooth sheet of metal, adding texture and character.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
When I’m not sketching a design or making jewelry, I enjoy spending time with my family, being outdoors, cooking, reading, writing poetry and photography.
It has been absolutely wonderful and inspiring to have Kym share her talent and some of her favorite designs with us here on Fairies Market. To see more of Kym's work please visit her at the links below. Kym told us that she's working on photographing pieces that are ready for her Etsy shop so stop by to see what she has listed.
Thanks you Kym for being a guest on Fairies Market!