Monday, October 12, 2009

A New Shop in My Favorites: Fanciful Devices

Hallucinatory Toxins
In my travels through blog land, I found this awesome shop highlighted on Sparrow Salvage's blog . I adore her blog and all the funky pieces of wearable art she creates and finds! So upon first viewing Fancifuldevice's shop I fell in love.
I asked her how she got started making these gorgeous pieces; "The whole jewelry thing was a fluke. Less than 2 years ago, when I was planning for a trip to see my family in Uruguay, I decided to make all my female cousins necklaces and earrings as gifts. I ended up making enough to adorn a small village. I was hooked. But back then my stuff was horrific, truly. Even when I first opened my shop, last November, my early work was pretty bad. I had much more difficulty with aesthetics, as if I had to try a lot of things before I could figure out what looked good. Fortunately, I feel I've learned fast, and through pure joyful making, blog-surfing, etsy-watching and on-line tutorials."
Pink Phenomology
My second question to Fanci was where she gets her inspiration from; " When we make something, we're evoking an atmosphere, a little world, or a story we're telling. In fact, we're trying to get away from everyday life into that other world of our making. The things that have most inspired me is the other artisans on etsy and in the blog world. I remember what seems like years ago, but was maybe just one year ago, when shops such as and first opened my eyes to the possibilities of mixing old things in unexpected ways. With each piece it was a bit like: "Oh, pearls! I could use pearls! Oh, a piece of hardware- why didn't I think of that?" Another big moment for me was discovering A Charming Exchange, by Kelly Snelling and Ruth Rae, which taught me, among other things, that a necklace didn't have to only be about the focal, but could be just as interesting along the chain. Adorn Cardcase necklace
And then a huge inspiration was Semiprecious Salvage by Stephanie Lee, which made me see a way to make antique-inspired mixed-up pieces without so much of the frilly/girly-ness that didn't resonate so much with me."
Artistic License

I also asked her, why vintage? what is it about vintage that pulls at your soul?
"I can't imagine NOT using vintage. I have seen some amazing artists, such as polymer clay artists and metal smiths, whose work is dazzling. But it's never made me want to try it- like it's too cold in it's immaculate perfection. At this point in our history, I feel like we're sitting atop a giant mountain of all the stuff we've produced, and this stuff can be so lovely. Using it is a form of collage for me. Also at this point, we've already seen the perfectly set diamond and the shiny new trinket a million times. Battlefield Wounds
It's the crusty bits that grab our attention. Things made differently than what we're used to, as well as that evocativeness I mentioned previously. I probably wouldn't like this style if I lived in the past, in a time when handmade and grungy were the norm. As it is, though, I'm obsessed with it and it hurts me to have to tear myself away to get to my (part-time) day job. "So Fanciful's shop is full of these curios. Including a reliquary to a molar. Yes, a molar. You must go to her shop to see this, it is Fab. Burning Glass
She is remarkably talented, a beautiful soul, and you can see the love and emotion that she works into each piece. Now, my big decision, which one should I buy first??????


Jodie LeJeune said...

Beautiful creations! You've certainly stumbled on a beautiful shop!!!
My advice to you all of them before I click on over and get them all for myself! haha
everything vintage

Becca said...

lol Jodie! I am coveting that Hallucinatory toxin necklace :)

penny patten said...

Oh I love these, I'm so inspired to try my hand more into the making of jewelry!