Tuesday, April 19, 2011

art talk Tuesday: Erin McCloskey

Name, age, hometown, blog/website

Hello! My name is Erin and I am the lady behind Pear & Peacock. I create earth friendly precious metal jewelry. Recycled silver is my favorite material to work with and I am looking forward to playing with gold.  I think I will be waiting until the current gold/silver market is no longer at a record high! You can currently find my work on Etsy and I hope to soon grow my website into a functioning shop. I also have a blog that I haven’t spent much time on lately, eek! I have been so wrapped up in learning a new technique that it has monopolized my time.

When did you first discover your creative talents?

I have always admired the work of other artists and I absolutely love giving handcrafted gifts to my friends and family. They are so unique and special. Over the years I tried several different crafts but I never fell in love until two years ago when I decided to purchase some very basic metalsmithing tools. It was a perfect fit!

What inspires you and keeps you motivated to create?

I love nature- it inspires a lot of my work. Spring is one of my favorite times to be creative. I have more or less recovered from the holidays which are usually packed with shows and orders.  It's also warm enough to be outside.  I also use this time to teach myself new techniques. I think it is really important to learn continuously so my work stays fresh and I keep inspired.

How would you describe your style?

My work has been described as delicate and sweet. My goal is to create pieces that are wearable and great, everyday jewelry. I love modern and simple jewelry and try to have that reflected in my work.

Who are some people that have inspired your work?

I recently heard an interview with Emily Martin of The Black Apple. She is an amazing illustrator and it was wonderful to hear someone who is so successful sound so down to earth. I think I listened to it two or three times.

How do you bridge the gap between creating and running a business?

This is a hard one for me still. I usually go with how I am feeling that day. You can’t force creativity so if I am feeling creative I go with it. I always make time every few months to learn something new so I can expand my product lines or make myself more efficient. Recently, I have taught myself the art of lost wax casting as well as taken a few courses on photography and illustrator. Once I can squeeze more hours from the day, I plan to make use of all my new knowledge.

Any advice for aspiring artists/designers?

Do your research by reading and watching everything you can get your hands on. Local universities are great resources for books and videos and you may learn something small that really makes a big difference. Also, ask for help when you need it. Sometimes when I am getting overwhelmed by my never ending list, I invite my husband to a brainstorming tea (he is the best!). If you are having an off-day it is ok to give yourself a mini-break. A little time off is usually enough to jumpstart your creativity and motivation. 

Thanks so much, Erin, for sharing your experience and advice with us!  I am thinking one of your pieces will make a perfect mother's day gift :) 

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