Who/What/When/Where/Why/How – Elisa Etemad Jewellery

Who is your favourite artist/designer out there at the moment?

My favourite artist/designer at the moment is Sue Blackwell, her amazing paper cut art inspired my degree work a year ago and I was lucky enough to be able to get to see The First Cut exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery last year, I still find her work incredibly exciting.

What is your favourite thing that you’ve ever made?

My favourite creation is my degree sculptural pieces (they come as a pair!), they inspired a whole collection of much more wearable pieces and were very eye catching when displayed at the exhibition.

When life gets a bit monotonous, dreary, predictable and dull, how do you motivate yourself to keep going?

I take a break from what I’m doing and go off on a tangent; I do some origami or draw, completely forget about jewellery and go for something completely different but still creative!

Where do you get your inspiration?

I get inspiration from all around, I particularly like looking at old techniques at modernising them like crochet and weave. I also get inspiration from exhibitions and craft fairs as well as Pinterest!

Why did you start crafting?

I started crafting because my mum taught me techniques when I was young, I learned crochet and knit as well as paper crafts, this stayed with me throughout childhood and I ended up taking Art and Textiles at A level, Textiles at Art Foundation and Textile Crafts BA Hons at Degree Level.

How do you spend your free time if you aren’t crafting?

I spend my free time either baking, playing videogames or watching tv with my lovely boyfriend and our cat!

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