I was happy to be featured recently on the Folt Bolt Blog – a link to the full piece here. (Kriszta has the most divine font, which doesn’t show up in this post). What a gorgeous website! I love the way Kriszta combines colours and textures in her montages. A fab way to advertise! Here’s the piece Kristza put together, with interview blurb provided by yours truly:
Ruthie Gray – The Silver Forge
At The Silver Forge, I handcraft limited edition and one-of-a-kind sterling silver jewellery.
My passion is making well-designed, comfortable, fun, wearable art pieces for people to enjoy every day.
All my pieces are made entirely by hand using traditional methods and tools in my own studio in Brisbane, Australia.
I believe in leaving the smallest eco-footprint possible on our earth, so I’m pleased to say the silver I use is sourced from an eco-friendly manufacturer.
I’m inspired by gemstones and glass; by nature, especially by the ocean; by architecture and maths – and most importantly of all, by colour!
My shop is full of vibrant pieces for you, or I would be happy to consider any requests for custom orders no matter how small or quirky – I’ d be pleased to work with you to create with a design for your dream piece.
I offer 10% discount off anything in my shop on 2nd and 3rd of June, just use FOLTBOLT10 as a coupon code!
I was very excited yesterday to discover that a treasury I curated had made it to the front page of Etsy Australia! For those who might not know, Etsy is an online handmade marketplace, where thousands of individual sellers host their own shops, and millions of fabulous handcrafted or vintage items can be drooled over (and bought). (My shop can be found here, if you haven’t been already!)
Etsy members can curate online collections of sixteen items each, called a treasury. Selected treasuries are displayed on the front page of Etsy each day. Recently I’ve been making lots of them, in part because a couple of Etsy teams I belong to curate as a means of promotion, but mainly because it’s a great way to window shop and come across marvellous things you would never otherwise have seen! Each of my treasuries has a theme, be it a particular item that the treasury is built around, or something I love, or a colour scheme. It’s very zen and quite addictive!! I find myself thinking in curator mode as I walk around IRL. 🙂
Anyway, enough background, on with the tale! I belatedly discovered that one of my treasuries was chosen to appear on the front page! Very exciting, and quite an accolade! The only sad moment was that I wasn’t online while it was on display, so missed seeing it. 🙁
Never mind, I was very happy, and hope that the lovely sellers whom I chose to feature in it were happy too. I’m hoping another of my curated collections is selected to appear on the front page soon! Now, off to Etsy to do some more dreaming and drooling. 🙂