Thursday, May 30, 2013

Interview with Kathryn Newman

Today I would like to introduce you to Kathryn Newman of Beads by Kat. Kat makes divine goddess beads and the most uplifting affirmation jewellery.

How did you get started in as a silversmith and lampwork bead maker?

I've been making jewellery since I was young, the Janet Coles catalogue was one of my most favorite reads! I got into silversmithing when my husband bought me a starter kit for Christmas one year, and I enrolled in evening classes. I hadn't even heard of Lampworking until a couple of years ago, but a day's lesson had me hooked and I really haven't looked back.

What would you like to do/learn/take up in the future to further your process?

I would like to try Borosilicate glass and more sculptural artsy fartsy stuff one day. I also quite fancy learning to draw properly, my beads come straight from brain to glass, and it would be good to be able to sketch out more of what's up there!

How has your crafting and inspiration evolved over time?

I'm a total craft butterfly, I have to try everything once, hence the starter kit from my hubby! I've found lately that there are elements from other crafts that I've done that work their way into my beads, mainly from my embroidery.

What is your favourite ever piece of work?

I was recently asked to make interior accents for a client's wet-room, so a collection of light pulls and cabinet knobs are my current favourite.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Like with many people, mainly nature! I love flowers, especially those with smiley faces. I love to create smooth tactile pieces that make people smile, I love fun and colours - and often the sort of music I'm listening to at the time will have an influence on the piece I'm working on. I do have a bit of a Gothic dark side though.

Do you craft for your living or is it more of a hobby/passion/obsession?

I do it for a living but it will always be a passion/obsession. I just can't sit and do nothing, I'm always crafting in some way.

What is your greatest crafting success? And your most spectacular failure?

My most spectacular failure was Polymer Clay, seriously don't have the knack for that! I consider Lampworking as a whole to be my biggest success, I love it that much :)

What other crafts do you dabble in/would you like to try?

I think I've pretty much had a go at everything, if I haven't, I'd like to try it! My main other crafts are sewing, embroidery, knitting, tatting and papercrafts.

Do you listen to music while you create? What is your favourite track?

Like with my crafts, I'm a musical butterfly! I generally start the day with chilled music like Newton Faulkner, Jason Mraz, Mr Buble etc and then I switch up to either more boppy stuff, like Skrillex, Rizzle Kicks, Madcon or I'll hit the Metal - am a big Foo Fighters fan, Metallica, Limp Bizkit, Marilyn Manson etc!! My favourites change according to my mood.

Who is your favourite artists or designer?

Favourite artists are JLC Tiffany of course, Behrens, and Monet.

When not creating/crafting what is your favourite thing to do?

Spending time with my lovely hubby. Usually chilling in front of a dvd where of course I'm still crafting something cos I can't just sit in front of the tv and do nowt!

Who would you choose to play you in the movie of your life?

Dawn French, she doesn't take herself too seriously and has just the right amount of sarcasm to get through the day!

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