I’m not sure if I ever told you before, but I love watching other people at work. And if I’m not able to do this in person, having them show and tell about their work in progress is the next best thing. So I am thrilled to have Ana here again, talking about her metalsmithing adventures.
PS: Check out Ikea Family Live Portuguese Edition, Ana is on the cover and there is also a story about her and her work. I don’t know Portuguese, but the article looks fabulous.
Hi! I’m Ana, the one behind the brand anapinatelier.
Even though I have a background in architecture, I’m now dedicating my time to illustration and contemporary jewelry. Drawing is an old passion of mine, but learning metalsmith techniques has been an intense and very interesting challenge… after almost one year and a half I’m about to finish my contemporary jewelry course where I’m learning the necessary techniques to create my jewels from scratch. This has been a wonderful journey of discovery!
There are days when I feel a bit discouraged by the difficulties, but most of the time I feel my passion for learning renewed – it’s a pleasure to see me overtaking the challenges of this brand new world.
Until now I was creating beaded jewelry using metal findings and precious stones, but I’m finally able to have my workbench in action at my humble jewelry workshop at home. At first, one may feel overwhelmed by all these tools and machinery, but in fact they are all useful helpers in this complex and exciting creative process.
At the moment I’m preparing some new pieces to an important Craft Fair I’ll take part next weekend, so you can see a big healthy creative mess upon my workbench!
Around there you can see some unfinished pieces… some tools and raw materials. When I’m working I always listen to music. I try to feel inspired browsing the internet or some books, or just looking at my inspiration wall filled with travel postcards and artworks by friends or artists I admire. I usually try to plan, but I rarely stick to it… I guess I’m too ambitious so I sometimes have to improvise and just go with the flow!
Since this is a quite physically exhausting work it’s important to take a break once in a while… have a walk, grab a bite, or just cuddle my sweet cat Frida.
How about you: Do you like to challenge yourself learning new techniques to improve your work? Do you make a real mess while creating? What do you do to relax and take a break?