Featured Artist: Poskett's

It's been far too long since I introduced you to a new artist. Today, I'd like you to meet Pamela from Postkett's. She's an artist, blogger and Etsian with a simple philosophy, "Live a beautiful life."

Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Pamela and I am the one-woman show behind Poskett’s! I am originally from California but now reside in East Texas.

What do you create?

I create custom bead-woven Swarovski jewelry & semi-precious gemstone jewelry. In addition to jewelry, I also make wine-charms, magnets and greeting cards.

What is your favorite craft or hobby and how did you learn it?

I am addicted to all sorts of crafting activities, but creating jewelry will always be my favourite. I am self-taught. Online tutorials, You-Tube videos, and instructional articles have been my teachers. I would really love to take a bench jeweler’s course and a class on the wax-casting technique.

When did you realize your creative passion?

I have been making beaded jewelry since I was 5 or 6, but it wasn’t until after law school that I really found creative passion for it. In autumn of 2009, I decided that I wanted to do a handmade Christmas. After scouring the internet for ideas, I decided to teach myself how to bead weave in order to make crystal bracelets for my female relatives. These initial bracelets eventually became my Lillian Bracelet design.

What or who inspires you in your crafting?

Symmetry and geometry inspire my designs. I like things to be symmetrical, even, orderly; it’s just my preference. Bead-weaving, a technique used in the majority of my designs, utilizes a lot of geometry in the creation of patterns and how the beads fit together. This geometry allows me to create symmetrical designs and I often incorporate shapes into my work, like circles, crosses and diamonds.

Is crafting a hobby, business, or something in between?

Poskett’s is a hybrid. I conduct its operations as a legitimate business; Poskett’s is a registered business that pays sales tax and conforms to all regulations. However, beading and bead work is a hobby that I greatly enjoy. So while it is a business, it is a business centered around an enjoyable pastime.

How did you choose your brand or shop name?

I was named after my Great Aunt Pamela, whose nickname was Poskett. I only met her once, as an infant, before she passed away, but have been told that she and I are of similar temperament and personality. I wanted my shop to reflect me and my origins.

What is a typical day for you?

Each day is different for me. However, I attempt to spend a bit of time each day participating in various Etsy teams, working on my blog, and playing with design ideas & beads!

What is an ideal day for you?

An ideal day always starts with a good cup of coffee. From there, I supposed the ideal day would include a burst of creativity that propels me to create some new designs, a custom order or two coming in, and lots of sunshine and love.

What projects are you the most proud of?

At the moment, I am most proud of my blog. I started blogging less than 2 months ago; the blog is still small and I don’t have many followers, but I am confident that will change in time. Over the years, I have impulsively attempted to create several blogs, but I always chicken out or lose interest after the first two or three posts. This blog has been completely different. I took a lot of time to research and plan the type of blog I wanted to have. It has been up and running for almost 8 weeks now, and I am still going strong. I am proud of this blog because it shows that I have succeeded where I previously failed.

What is the strangest thing you have ever created?

I don’t think I’ve really made anything that super strange before. Last year, a customer ordered one of my Katerina Pendants, but requested that the Swarovski crystals I used be in Topaz colour. At the time, I thought that pairing Topaz with cream-coloured pearls would look odd. But the finished result was unique and beautiful, and just what my customer had envisioned.

How do you deal with crafting failures?

I have a lot of craft failures. Often times, I will be watching a movie or reading a book and an interested design idea will pop into my head. I’ll go into my studio and try to create a prototype. About half the time I am successful and half the time I fail to create what I envisioned in my head. When a failure occurs, I will put the design through a ‘troubleshooting’ process. I go over what I did and where the prototype went awry. After figuring out what went wrong, I make another prototype. I’ll repeat this process over and over again until I have the design exactly as I want it. Unfortunately, this process can be very frustrating. When I feel myself getting annoyed or irritated by the lack of success, I simply stand up from my desk and walk out of the room. Giving myself some time and distance from a failing idea usually helps me to work out its problems and create a successful design. Sometimes a design will simply never work. When I have an abject failure, I laugh it off and just move on to the next idea.

Where do you do most of your crafting?

In my sunny home studio!

Have you ever experienced a dry spell when you put your crafting aside? If so, what brought you back to crafting?

I regularly go through dry spells, where my creative juices just stop flowing. When this happens, I occupy myself with the administrative side of Poskett’s. These dry spells never last for long (I think the longest was 2 ½ months). Eventually, an idea will crop up in my head that is just too great to ignore and I’ll head back into the studio to start creating again.

What keeps you busy when you are not creating?

Reading, a bit of creative writing, blogging, family history research, exercising, and professional contract work.

Is there anything else you’d like to share about yourself, your craft, or business tips to help others with small crafting businesses?

Take time to plan before you start your small crafting business and plan well! There is always a measure of ‘learning on the fly’ when you have your own business. However, if you take the time to plan before hand, your learning curve will be much shallower and ultimately easier.

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