Today I am pleased to welcome Jodi from Simply Willow! She makes the most gorgeous steampunk pieces! So join me in welcoming her!
First off I want to say thank you for joining us here at Steamed! and take a moment to gush over how fantastic your jewelry is. It is delicate and bold and combines nature with mechanical and I think it is fabulous!
Simply Willow: As a young single mother of 4 boys, I needed an activity that provided some alone time for me, something that I enjoyed and allowed me to explore my creativity. I was watching a craft show with a friend that featured a beader….she bet me that I couldn’t sit still long enough to bead. I may be high energy and easily distracted, but I’m also highly competitive. I won the bet and found my creative outlet! 13 years later, my style has developed and grown into the unique steampunk and Victorian styles you see on my website.
LE: Did you start out making steampunk pieces or did they make an appearance later in your designing?
SW: Steampunk came much later! I started beadweaving, moved to stringing. My designs were very spiritual and off-beat. I became interested in earthy Victorian styles and was soon hooked. This style morphed into steampunk. Steampunk jewelry pieces…fueled by the cogs and gears that are so often used..have an energy and a life of their own. I often feel like my pieces create themselves!!!
LE: Do you enjoy steampunk in other aspects of your life? Or just your art?
SW: I have always enjoyed steampunk books and movies, even though I didn’t know it was steampunk. This was a new term to me when I first “discovered” it on etsy. When I researched the term…i knew I had to go there. I’m hoping to attend a con or steampunk ball sometime soon, I’ve already started working on my outfit!!!
SW: I want whoever is wearing my jewelry to celebrate being female in a unique way, to see the future of a past that never was and embrace the romance of it.
LE: Do you do commission work? Have you gotten any requests for an impossible or off the wall piece?
SW: I do limited commission pieces, I often find it a challenge to translate their vision into mine.
I had one request for a necklace that contained a vial of liquid in the middle that gears would turn around as the liquid shifted. Even though I had studied physics and engineering at one of the best engineering schools in the country…I had a hard time with this one and eventually had to turn down the piece.
LE: Any exciting new pieces in the works?
SW: My steampunk sculpture pendant line is my favourite! Gears, cogs, winders, birds, crystals, keys…you never know what will make its way into one of these unique creations.
LE: Any favorite steampunk movies or books that inspire your work?
SW: The His Dark Materials books have been among my favourites for many years! I love the worlds that Mr Pullman has created and often re-read the books for inspiration. I am looking for new steampunk authors to read and can’t wait to immerse myself in their worlds…
Thank you so much for joining us and I look forward to seeing what you create next!!