|Britt Baker, Jewelry Designer|
How and when did you discover your love for your craft/art?
I first started my jewelry shop - ideology - in October of 2011, after pondering the idea of creating jewelry for quite some time. After several months of trying out beading, I noticed I developed more of an affinity toward charm jewelry. So, as I began to work with charms and combining various elements together, I discovered that I really loved creating jewelry in that style, and I've been looking for new ways to create in my style, as well as try out other styles of jewelry making, ever since!
Do you remember the first piece you ever made?
As a child, I remember making various jewelry pieces, such as friendship bracelets, but I can't recall which my very first one was.
|Owl Necklace with Tree Agate Gemstone|
I try to think of symbols, elements, and other items that I really like. I also like to include items that my loved ones really enjoy. For example, my Mom is a huge owl lover - she's always had owl figurines, pictures, and so forth all about her home - so I like to include lots of owls in my work.
When people start doing their craft/art, they tend to try a lot of different things before settling down to something that resonates with them. How has your work changed since you began?
I first started out beading, but now I have grown to love charm jewelry, using various metals, and the including gemstones and other items into my pieces.
|Brass Lion Earrings|
Nature is one of my biggest inspirations, as you will see many elements of nature in my work, whether they are metals, gemstones, or animal charms.
Can you tell us about some important goals you have achieved with your work?
I have wanted my jewelry to become my job, not just a hobby, which it did in less than a years time!
Who are some of your favorite artists/crafters and why?
Some of my favorite artists and crafters are many of those I have found through Etsy. I love how they have found a way to grow their business, to learn from one another, and to follow their passion to be able to make their handmade success happen.
|Silver Snowflake Bracelet|
I would love to continue to grow my business, learn more jewelry making techniques, start up my own website for ideology jewelry, open up a supply shop, and work on other creative endeavors.
What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time with my loved ones and animal companions, exploring local shops, enjoying nature, painting, knitting, writing, and going to see live music.
If you are displaying or selling your craft/art? Where?
I sell my jewelry online in my Etsy shop: http://www.ideology.etsy.com
I also have my jewelry on display for sale at Artsy Diva Boutique in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Artsy-Diva-Boutique/201540039875918
|Phoenix Necklace Locket|
I work on my jewelry business at least 40 hours a week, with about half of it going to the creative side and half to the business side, currently.
What advice would you give to someone who want to start out or start a business in their craft/art?
I would tell them to go for it! Make sure you stay organized, price your items well, do everything you can to promote, and keep learning whenever possible, as there are many wonderful people out there to help you with the ins and outs of starting your own crafty business!
*****Thank you so much Britt! To find more of Britt's beautiful jewelry creations, be sure to check out her sites below: