Thursday, July 15, 2010

The crafty world of Kellie Christie

This week the BrisStyle team caught up with the very clever Kellie Christie for a little peek into her crafty world.

How would you describe your work?

I use bright colours to create stand out jewellery items such as necklaces, brooches and rings. I work with everyday objects and love to give them a new life re-created as a lovely piece of jewellery.

How did your Etsy shop come into being?

I discovered etsy one day by chance and developed a slight obsession with it. I just couldn’t believe the amount of fantastic jewellery and other items that were available and all handmade too! I decided pretty quickly to create an etsy store for my jewellery so that people could purchase directly from me online. Before this, people could only purchase my jewellery through a very limited number of stores in Brisbane.

Who or what inspires you?

I am inspired by colour and the objects themselves. Working with buttons is always fun, I often come across various cute and quirky patterns and prints. I also find buttons with brand names such as Calvin Klein, and random words. I am also inspired by other jewellery designers who work with found objects and recycled plastics, designers such as Liana Kabel and Margaux Lange.

Do you ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ as part of your creative process?

Yes, I have recently created an eco friendly fabric jewellery range. All pieces are made with salvaged and recycled fabrics and vintage or secondhand buttons.

Can you describe your studio / work area?

I share my space with my husband. I few years ago we converted our garage into a computer room (for him) and a studio space (for me). I love having a space that is completely mine and child free. Although it is almost always in an untidy state, I am thankful that I have a space to make, create and be inspired.

What is your favourite thing in the shop at the moment?

A “Design Your Own Flat Button Necklace”, I have created this listing so that customers can choose what colours they would like included in their necklace. I really enjoy creating custom orders, I find them both challenging and rewarding. I have recently had a custom order from someone wanting a necklace with snails on it!

Do you have any other places that people can view/purchase your work?


Thanks for your time Kellie!


Kellie Christie said...

That's GREAT! Thanks Bec :)

Chrissy Foreman C said...

Great Kellie! Nice to hear a bit more about you and what you do :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Kellie,
my name is Torie and I am doing a project for school about recycled jewellery. I read the information and it said that you use recycled fabrics and buttons and I was wondering how you make them if you don't mind. It is ok if you can't share your fabulous creations I understand. Thankyou for your help, Torie.

Anonymous said...

Hello Kellie,

My name is Gyle i have a project due next week.we need to make a recycled of my friends told me that your good with turning old items into a beautiful piece of art.Will you please help me?Hope to see your reply soon.