An Interview with Bernadine’s Creations

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High quality semi precious jewellery items created by a specialist in wire working.

Tell us a bit about the artist behind your beautiful creations.

I am married but we have no children.  I’m very lucky I don’t have to work but do short term teaching contracts.  I am heavily involved in the local community as I live in a village location. When my time is not being spent doing other activities I am busy creating handmade jewellery, watches and gifts.  Currently a lot of my creations are wirework which I love playing with.  I like to work while I am at craft fairs and be able to demonstrate my skills to customers.

I was only able to devote more time to my jewellery creations when I left work and took early retirement 5 years ago due to ill health.  I had been attending a few craft fairs but felt ready to through myself in at the deep end.

Have you always been creative or did your talent evolve over time?

I have always been creative, starting with making grass pictures when I was a teenager.  I wanted to study floristry when I left school but for personal reasons this didn’t happen.  My creativeness has always been there but was reignited when I was on holiday on a cruise in 2009 where they were running a jewellery making workshop and I initially went along just for something to do on the first sea day.  From day one I was hooked and found myself attending all the classes and also using the craft room between classes to work in and complete extra pieces.  I already had my walls at home filled with tapestries, embroidery’s and paintings (by numbers – yes they are painting by number kits) and the jewellery making didn’t seem to take up a lot of room.  I have recently started making floral dreamcatchers as an alternative to the more traditional style. I was asked to teach making dreamcatchers to one of my classes and so I had to find out for myself how to make a dreamcatcher before I could teach them. My craft room has now expanded onto the second bedroom and occasionally causes an exchange of words!

What is it that you enjoy most about your work?

The freedom to express myself and my love of nature through my jewellery and crafts, I cannot follow patterns as they bore me and like to make everything from scratch.  I often have multiple objects on the go at one time and prefer to work outside in my garden in natural light and also be with my bunnies.

Have you achieved anything in your crafting life that you are particularly proud of?

I was ecstatic to be photographed at Sandown last October and appear as a runner up in the Best Dressed Beader in the Beads and Jewellery March edition.  I had to be told about it, as I had quickly skimmed through my copy when it arrived and missed the article!

Other than crafting what else do you like to do?

I teach arts and crafts and IT, mainly to people with special needs or the elderly and this is very rewarding particularly with those that say they will not be able to achieve what I am asking but they do.

I also run a small pet boarding business from my home – Belvedere Boarding.

If you had to choose your favourite from your creations, which would it be?

My wire work pendants and rings as they are evolving with each one I make.

What advice would you offer to someone new starting out in the craft world?

Don’t expect to become a millionaire, be yourself and don’t try to copy other peoples work.

If you could change one thing about what you do, what would it be?

This is difficult for me as I am happy with what I am doing at present and am always looking for ways to improve.  One option could be having enough money to use sterling silver rather than silver plated copper.

What do you think has helped your business the most?

Word of mouth from friends and social media, although I do need to spend more time promoting myself.

Has any person helped or supported you more than any other?

There are two – my husband Roy who is very tolerant of my hobbies and my friend Jo who helps me at craft fairs and gives me motivation when I am down.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.

I couldn’t be without nature and pets in my life and my two bunnies Coco and Dylan are testament to that.

How would our readers find you?

http://www.bernadinescreations.com

https://www.facebook.com/BernadinesCreations

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BernadinesCreations

https://www.instagram.com/bernadinescreations/

https://folksy.com/shops/BernadinesCreations

https://twitter.com/BernadineMakins


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