Thanks to each of you who answered the call to be interviewed in Creatively Featured.
Sarah responded first - and quickly and delightfully answered some interview questions...and you are in for a treat!
Sarah of Saturday Sequins
Tell us about
blogging and how it’s worked for you.
I started blogging in June of 2011. It's helped me to share my
work and to reveal the girl behind the sequins -- someone who gets way too
excited over new beading books, has a goofy sense of humor and collects
It's also a great
way to meet people. I get to know other artists in more depth than I would
through other forms of social media, especially when we have discussions about
the creative process or how to help each other's businesses thrive. This is one
of my favorite aspects of blogging.
How did you
discover your favorite art medium?
I've always been drawn to shiny, sparkly things, and when I
realized that my eyes were bigger than my wallet, I decided to save money by
making my own jewelry. What started as an inexpensive way to get more sparkle
in my life turned into an obsession that hasn't faded!
What inspires or
influences you artistically?
The things that really inspire me are color and detail. I love
using bold colors and pairing them with more neutral colors like black, white,
brown and silver so they're not overwhelming. I also love making my work
intricate – I'm always happy when I find another frill I can add to a piece, as
long as it's in keeping with the overall design.
How do you go about
the design process? Do you work to a design or theme or just go with the
flow…or something else entirely?
I've found that the less I plan, the more fun I have. I'll start
out with a color scheme in mind, or maybe a basic shape, but the process is
very playful and improvisational. I let the materials tell me what to do, and
sometimes, that even means abandoning whatever vague idea I started out with.
In the end, I'm always surprised by what I've made, and I like that feeling.
Is/was there a
significant turning point or defining moment in your style of work?
My work started to get where I wanted it to be in the summer of
2007. I stopped wishing I could do certain things and just dove into them –
something I recommend to all artists. I started working with metals and making
my own clasps and chains, and my pieces became more sculptural.
Which aspect of
your art do you enjoy most?
The play and experimentation, definitely. Sometimes I think of
myself as a jewelry scientist – I combine elements and see how they react
together. I try to expand my skill set with every piece I make, and if I finish
a project with a nice little list of things I tried to do – even if they don't
work out – I consider it a success.
Can you tell us a
little about your methods and/or techniques?
I don't just use traditional jewelry making techniques in my work
– I add sewing, painting, collage, weaving, whatever a piece calls for. I also
tend to mix different jewelry making techniques. Maybe I'll add some chain maille
to my bead embroidery or wire wrapping to my soldered projects. Along the way,
I learn all sorts of little tricks for combining techniques, so the process
gets a little smoother.
How do you see
your future work and style developing?
I see bigger pieces and more intricate beadwork in my future. I
also see more use of repurposed items – old buttons, colored electrical wire,
and game pieces. I'm a huge fan of creative reuse centers, and I've made a
commitment to be a regular customer.
How do you manage
I'll be honest and admit that time management isn't my strong
point. I'll get excited about a new project, sit down to work for “just a few
minutes,” and before I know it, it's time to go to bed! When I remember to use
it, though, my kitchen timer is my best friend. It keeps me from working too
much, and I don't mind having to clean my studio if it's only for 20 minutes at
What have you
done this past year?
One of the most important things I did in 2011 was recover from a
shoulder injury that kept me from creating art of any kind for almost a year.
It was a long, difficult process, but it gave me a new appreciation for the
things I love to do, and it taught me so much about injuries and finding the
Since then, I've started my Saturday Sequins blog, added all sorts
of features like Tutorial Tuesday and Featured Friday, applied to teach at the
Bead and Button Show (maybe next year!) and entered my very first jewelry
making contest. Not bad for someone who couldn't lift a teacup by herself at
this time last year!
What are your
In late 2011 I finally learned bead embroidery, and I've been
taking it in all sorts of fun directions since then. I even found a way to
combine beadwork and one of my other passions, abstract painting. 2011 was also
the year I decided to take myself seriously as an artist – to stop wondering if
I really was one and just be one.
plans do you have for the coming year?
I'd love to launch my Etsy store – finally. I'd also like to see
some of my work published in magazines. For jewelry artists, that's a stepping
stone to a lot of great things! Including more money to buy beads.
Do you have any ambitions
or goals you’d like to see fulfilled in the future?
I want to start teaching. Not just a basic jewelry class, but the
kind of class where the students and I experiment and learn together and it
becomes a life-changing experience for all of us. Ambitious, I know! But it's
an image that won't leave my brain.
Thank you Sarah! May all your ambitions come true!