{take 5 for creativity} star of the east

I discovered Star of the East a couple of years ago, browsing member features on Handmade Europe blog. What a wonderful airy, light-filled, magical studio they have. And so many boxes filled with treasures of all sorts… As you know already, I am smitten with other people’s workspaces… And with their stories, so I dared invite the mother-daughter duo, Esther and Estella, to tell us a bit about creativity and talent. After 7 jewelry-filled years, they do have some hidden gems to share, so here they are.

What is talent? What is creativity?

I think many people have talents, but talents can be in different levels from good till extremly gifted. Gifted people only come once in a while and we all know them by name even if they have been dead before we were born, we all know Mozart, Beethoven, Einstein, Van Gogh, Dali, DaVinci and many more, luckely people are now more open to the unknown and new, many gifted people from the past have only been appreciated after their death as they were ahead of their time.Talent also comes in different subjects like visual, literature, music and numbers.

I think creativity is the same, it comes in different subjects and levels. Some people will need to get ready materials to be able to make something nice while others can make incredible things with even garbage.

Does creativity need limits?

The sky is the limit, like a child you have to be fearless of the outcome and you just have to make what you feel like making, with anything and everything. Of course making ideas reality can be stopped by lack of materials or not knowing enough techniques to be able to make it, by constantly learning new techniques we expand our possiblities and limits.

How do you fuel your creativity?

We both don’t need fuel, we actually have too many ideas to keep up with, and lots of ideas just stay in our mind and never come the real thing. When you discover work you love you keep coming up with new ideas, it is like writting a novel, the sentences just keep coming and there is no end in sight as the story is too good to end.

What do you need to create?

You can have an idea in mind which you want to realize, if you are not in the good ‘vibe’ you’ll make it but it won’t let you say ‘this is it’, it is hard to explain this but some ideas need the right time, they need to wait, to ripe we like to call it. And then all of a sudden you know what to do with it and a piece that waited for weeks is suddenly finished the very same day. Beside that, a good space, time and plenty of materials is wonderful, we are lucky to have that all, as this is our full time work.

What is your advice for people who (try to) create?

If you have always felt like something is missing in your life, that you want to start doing creative things, I would say: try it all. Somethings you might drop in a few days and of others you won’t get enough of. It is important to find your favorite medium and develope your techniques with it. I also would advice to go and take lessons for that medium, it gives you a good ground to build on, and it is easier to learn tricks then to change your habbits later.

When buying and arranging my little studio, I sometimes feel the need to share with somebody. I think it’s wonderful how Esther and Estella are sharing their business and their passion and I would love nothing more than to be a fly on the wall when they are creating, exchanging ideas, organizing stocks. It must be amazing to be able to do what you love, like these two lovely ladies seem to have been lucky enough to reach this goal.

You can visit the creative mother-daughter duo in their online shops (selling upcycled, recycled bags and belts in Star Bags, eco-friendly gifts and home decor in Gifts and Stars and  eclectic and exotic, sea-inspired jewelry in Star of the East) or on their sunny blog.

Thank you, Esther and Estella! Have a lovely day, everyone!

(6) Comments

  • Star of the East
    Jul 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Thank you very much, Anca for this wonderul feature!
    ~Esther & Estella

  • Elena
    Jul 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Amazing feature! Love this girls and their creative creations!!!

  • Dori
    Jul 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Wonderful article and wonderful ladies with a wonderful creative space! 🙂

  • Ildi
    Jul 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm


  • Baghy
    Jul 11, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Lovely lovely article! I am an admirer of Esther and Estella’s work and love the look of their creations, so summery, like a seaside breeze… In the sea of jewelry makers out there, StaroftheEast manages to remain unique and authentic.

  • Sherry Kelaidis
    Jul 12, 2012 at 8:37 am

    I really enjoyed reading your interview with Esther and Estella…Their creations have caught my attention so many times. I am sooo envious of their wonderful work studio!

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