Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Designer Interview: Lunalove

Four Corners Bracelet - focal lampwork pendant by Etsian: rufusandroxy

1. What is your personal name, business name, website and location?

My name is Ashli Farrar, my business name is lunalove and my creations can be found at http://www.lunalove.etsy.com/ . I also have a small website with my good friend Cris at http://www.divingdivasdesigns.com/ . I am originally from Georgia, but I now reside in the gorgeous state of Colorado!
Blackest Night Necklace - focal lampwork bead by Etsian: reddogdesigns

2. What kind of jewelry do you make? What types of materials do you prefer? what kinds of art beads do you use?

I make all types of beaded jewelry, from earrings to bracelets to necklaces. I love sterling silver and copper and my favorites stones to work with are labradorite, amazonite, turquoise, carnelian, and chalcedony. I LOVE and use art beads of all types....glass, polymer, ceramic, sterling, and pewter. I am in awe of glass beads, they are just stunning to me!

3. How did you get into jewelry design? What are some of the important things you do for your business?

I have always loved jewelry, so about 6 years ago I started dabbling in jewelry design. My craft has evolved over the years, and I love the creative outlet that designing jewelry gives me. I try to keep my jewelry current in style, yet with lasting appeal. I sell my designs primarily on Etsy, and usually participate in 1-2 craft shows a year with my friend Cris, with a home show here and there. Childhood Dreams Necklace - focal pendant by Etsian: blockpartypressPhoto

4. What is your workspace like and how do you work in your studio? What is a typical day like?

My workspace actually consists of this big, green overstuffed chair and ottoman in my living room. I love to be with my family at all times, and this allows me to do so. You will usually find one small daschund named Leyna, sitting in my lap giving me design advice.

5. How do you stay inspired and motivated?

I LOVE to go to bead shows and shops, they really get my creative juices flowing. I get very inspired seeing all of the beads and what they have the potential to become. Other people's work can inspire me to try new things and be more creative as well. Another big inspiration is receiving a package from one of my favorite Etsy shops in the mail....fun, fun, fun! I just received a new Green Girl Studio pendant that I can not wait to use! The Hidden Prince Bracelet - beautiful sterling frog charms by Wynwoods Bead Gallery

6. What kinds of art beads do you look for? Is there a bead you wish an artist would make for you?

Like I said before, I love art beads! I look for interesting, unique glass beads, and I love ceramic or polymer beads that are nature in theme. Sterling and pewter art beads are also favorites of mine. I love the polished look that a nice sterling art bead can give to a jewelry design. Art beads give jewelry designs a very special feel. Meet Me in Sedona Bracelet - lampwork beads by Etsian: imakebeads

7. What beady plans do you have for the future? Do you have new designs or ideas you will be exploring soon?

I try to incorporate new designs into my jewelry line all the time, while trying to stay true to who I am as a designer. I love all types of jewelry, so I am always looking to create new and interesting designs that will give my buyers a sense that they own something they will not be seeing on someone else. I constantly have new ideas floating through my head waiting to come to life, and I have tons of beads anxiously awaiting their debut! Nootka Earrings - sterling silver focal charms by Wynwoods Bead GalleryPhoto

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6 comments:

Lorelei said...

Beautiful designs!! They definitely all appeal to me!
Awesome feature, thanks!

Anonymous said...

very lovely! wish you luck!

Borneo Craft said...

Congratulations! you really gifted!

Crystal House said...

Hey , beautiful designs , Uptill now i thought i was the best bead designer in the world (just joking). But still would like to connect to you.
You can visit me at
http://expressionsincrystal.blogspot.com
http://crystalhouse.blog.co.uk

Jewelry Making said...

Love all the designs, but especially the Four Corners Bracelet. Beautiful jewelry!

Ashli said...

Thank you for the nice comments everyone!!! I feel honored to be featured here!