Monday, October 18, 2010

Behind the Design - Another Feather

Good morning!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  We are starting off the week with a Behind the Design featuring Hannah of Another Feather, a shop featuring beautiful handmade jewelry and accessories.  

Where does your inspiration come from?
Walks in the woods, collecting tiny objects, looking at antique shops and flea markets, traveling, surrounding myself with creative friends, and having an aesthetic work space.

Where do you do most of your work?
I do most of my work between two spaces the studio & my home workspace.  I do most of my metalwork, torch work and casting in the art department's shared metalsmith studio here in Boone. I also do a lot of work in my home studio area where I put finishing touches on my metal work, do some hand work (sawing and filing), and design and make the rest of my simpler jewelry pieces.

How did you come up with the name for your business?
I always collect feathers on my walks and bring them home with me, so 'another feather' seemed to capture that collecting habit in my process of making wearables with found natural objects.

Your favorite thing to make?
I really love working very, very small so in jewelry, bezel setting tiny stones and unusual natural objects and then soldering little joints are some of my favorite tasks.

What is your all time favorite design from past or current collections?
Hmm, I love the artifact pendant series. with these I hand cast textured bronze bezels for different pieces of shed antler.

What advice do you wish someone had given you when you first started your business?
To keep track of all business expenses, receipts, and paper work for taxes, and to open up a separate account so that you can track all those payments easily at the end of the year.

coffee or tea?
Coffee in the morning and during the day, tea in the evening.

Favorite magazine/blog/daily read?
Magazines: Selvedge, and Metalsmith magazine

My New Roots
The habit of being
Ecological artist
Journal of a nomad

and the New York times Home and Garden, AT HOME feature section.

If you could follow one person around for a day, who would it be?
Probably J. Morgan Puett. she seems like a fascinating woman, and I would love to spend time with her at Mildred's Lane, collecting, rearranging interiors, listening to her ideas & philosophies, and make lovely things with her.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, money and time being no object, where would you go and why?
Denmark & Sweden. I would really love to visit both of these Scandinavian countries. It seems so breathtakingly beautiful there, and i would love to be able to travel around that landscape and visit our friends.  It's so very expensive to stay however, maybe someday..

If you had to spend a year on a deserted island, what 5 things would you take with you?
a wooly animal (sheep or goat), a drop spindle, my knife, my bible with blank pages in back for journaling/sketching, and my husband who can survive in any circumstance.

Thank you Hannah for participating in this week's Behind the Design.

Photos courtesy of Hannah, Another Feather.

Hannah can be found at:
Etsy shop
Big Cartel

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