Interview with Deaf Crafter Rachelle Guidry!
Hello Readers! This week I have talented Deaf jewelry maker/designer Rachelle Guidry. Her handcrafted jewelry is designed to your specifications. Everything is handmade by Ms. Guidry in her shop Organic Treasures , beautifully created by Deaf artist, please support her work by visiting her online shop or leaving a comment.
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Please can you tell us a little about yourself:
I love to play games on the computer. I also am crazy about movies especially science fiction. I am currently watching many of the Star Trek programs on Netflix with captions.
What drew you to making jewelry?
I like to make things with my hands. I tried many hobbies like cutting out pieces of wood and painting them. I tried cross stitch. I tried painting pieces of wood to hang on the wall and napkin holders. All of them didn't hold my interest until I started putting beads on string. My first necklaces were just putting beads all the same size on a string.
Who are you most inspired by and why?
I get my inspiration from many sources. I look at what jewelry people are wearing. I look in books and magazines featuring polymer clay beads. As I walk around the craft stores, I look at things and think about how I can incorporate them into making jewelry.
Where do you seek inspiration?
I watch Beads, Baubles and Jewels on PBS. They have a segment every episode featuring polymer clay. This is where I learned about polymer clay. I moved to Houston in July 2007 and started my journey experimenting with different ways to make polymer clay beads. I continued making necklaces with glass beads. I started making necklaces where I put some beads I made with beads I bought.
Online, I subscribe to videos made by Cindy Leitz. Her website is called Polymer Clay Tutor. I find different things to try on this website. Recently, I watched a video on how to make faux rusted metal. I made five necklaces using this process.
Who taught you to do your craft?
I met a woman when I lived in Trinity, TX in 2002. She had taken some beading classes in Dallas, TX. She showed me how to design necklaces using different kinds of beads and how to use metal spacers. She showed me how to place them on a bead board.
What are you focused on right now?
I just started a Facebook page. I love to think about people wearing my creations. Now I have a way for people to purchase my pieces. Recently, I photographed the
200 plus necklace and earring sets in my collections. They are up for people to see and perhaps purchase. Here is the link to my page: Organic Treasures Shop I want to feature my polymer clay beads and pendants along with my resin pendants on my Facebook page. I will be adding to my page regularly.
What’s the one actual or technical tool you couldn't work without?
On each necklace, I add a clasp. I use a crimp tool to squeeze the crimp beads twice. This ensures that the necklaces stay connected to the clasps.
What is your go to pattern that you love to make?
Variety is what holds my interest in creating pieces. I don’t have a specific type of polymer clay bead or a specific item to add to the resin. I like to learn new things. This is what makes my collections unique. Each one is made to be one-of-a-kind.
Is there a craft/art medium you haven’t tried but want to and why?
I would love to learn to make metal beads and pendants using a blow torch. It is called precious metal clay. I don’t have the space or the equipment now. You never know what the future will bring.
What does the handmade movement mean to you?
I enjoy making things for people to wear that is a one-of-a-kind piece. I believe others want to have something they know is made by hand rather than a machine. I enjoy looking at what other people make with their hands.
Anything else you would like to share?
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