Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
My style is simple, usually a shade of black or gray. My accessories are all the color I need, they are a convenient piece of artwork I can wear.
My influences range from textile designs to flower bouquets. Once I have been inspired, I begin the process on a large plank of wood without a plan and no end result in mind, I just create. This could take a few hours or a few days, I work on the wood until it feel right. Most of my collection consists of pendant necklaces but I recently began making earrings. I am so excited to introduce Twiggyroad Designs to Raleigh and showcase my necklaces and these new bursts of color for your ears at the Handmade Market… see you in May!!!
In you experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
I use etsy to sell my items which has been great. I find Instagram to be a great tool to get people to my etsy shop. Instagram allows me to quickly showcase new designs and the process. I also try to follow influential designers, interior designers and a range of people on Instagram to reach a broader audience.
What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
My working day usually goes like this..
Drink coffee, look at my Pinterest account, get my son off to school, let my partner know I’ll be in the studio (garage), put on my headphones, close the garage door, DANCE, dance until im ready to work on some wood, then I experiment/play/paint until something comes out of it that I think is ready to wear. I open the garage door for breaks, turn off my music and look at my phone then im back at it until its time to get my son from school.
What is the weirdest job you have ever had?:
In Highschool I worked at a pizza place, ice cream shop and modeled but the most interesting and odd was working for a dating service. It was in the 90s before dating apps and when people paid to be “matched”… my job was to call people with a script and try to sell them our matchmaker services. The thing was, I was 16, most of the people interested were over 40 and divorced or widowed. My job was to relate to them and act like I knew exactly what they had been through, it was a very interesting and sometimes sad.
Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
I am so excited to be doing this show with Stacy at Juniper Bay Metals, she has been so supportive and helpful throughout my artist journey. I am also looking forward to seeing Garland and Pendant, I am in awe of such detailed work.