June 27, 2017

Featured Maker: Melanie LeGrand at Angelic Whimsy

We like the way Melanie uses stamping and other techniques together to create her pieces. She was published in the Fall 2016 Issue of Jewelry Affaire for her technique. While her designs are dainty, they bring an unexpected surprise with her unique style. 

Let's meet Melanie from Angelic Whimsey
Since I was a young child, I’ve expressed myself creatively. It’s my language through which I communicate! Throughout my career I’ve pursued several creative avenues, including teaching, owning a pastry business and writing a novel, but when my son was born in 2012 I began to seriously pursue art and jewelry making. While he napped, I took class after class online to learn mixed media art, sewing, painting, jewelry making etc. I discovered a whole new artistic world I hadn’t realized existed and the options were endless! I bought Stampington magazines and learned about different artists and jewelry makers, followed their blogs and took their classes, trying to discover where I might settle in and find my voice.

Featured Maker: Angelic Whimsey Metal Stamped Jewelry Pieces

Little by little my style began to emerge and I started further pursuing areas where I seemed to excel and find the most joy while making. It evolved from canvas, to mini textiles, to ornaments and jewelry. I love it all! I’m obsessed with owls, birds, angels, wings and feathers! After some creative liberties on the spelling on my name so as to not infringe upon the other thousands of artists using whimsy in their business name, Angelic Whimsey was born.

I started hand wiring artisan ceramic beads into ornaments in 2012 and then jewelry in 2013, but it took until 2015 to open my Etsy shop.

In 2005, while vacationing with my husband for our anniversary, I purchased a simple hand knotted necklace that sparked my interest in learning more about hand knotting. My mother-in-law was an avid jewelry maker at the time, and she gave me my first awl and beading string, encouraging me to learn. After a bit of research, I realized the commitment of tools and beads and wasn’t ready to dive into a new hobby while working full time. For years, I kept those supplies from her in a special place and never forgot my love for that necklace and wanting to learn how to make it. 

Featured Maker: Angelic Whimsey Metal Stamped Jewelry Pieces

Fast forward to 2012, I began to learn everything I could about crochet, macramé, knotting and thread. I was hooked! No pun intended! I absolutely fell in love with the quiet, methodical rhythm of knotting! Since then I’ve developed my own style and was recently published in the 2016 Fall Issue of Jewelry Affair for my technique. I started incorporating hand stamped sentiments in my work to give them more meaning and to share what was speaking to me as I made them. It started with my ornaments, but quickly evolved into my jewelry.

I can attribute starting my own jewelry business to friends and family who supported me through my initial creative process and wanted to purchase my work. Their overwhelming support helped me take the next step to give my work a business minded approach. 

Featured Maker: Angelic Whimsey Metal Stamped Jewelry Pieces

There are so many types of jewelry I love to make! I’m constantly pushing myself to learn new techniques and am always in the middle of an online class! I tend to gravitate toward softer colors, somewhat dainty designs and I try to always incorporate an unexpected, unique quality. I love to make hand knotted pieces and hand stamped charms and focal pieces. Gemstones are my weakness! I add them everywhere, giving each piece a one of a kind element. I’m drawn to mixing metals, particularly 14k gold fill and sterling. Soldering offers so many options for this idea. I also love to play around with patina. Oxidized and aged makes for stunning pieces!

My work continues to evolve, but I make things that make me smile and make me feel happy. For me, I have to love what I make and how I make it. I hope my passion for what I enjoy doing shines through in each and every piece I create! 

Featured Maker: Angelic Whimsey Metal Stamped Jewelry Pieces

Right now, alphabet stamps are my favorite and Beaducation has such a great selection of fonts! It is addicting and so easy to “need” another set!! Simple and classic is usually my go to. Lately, I’ve been using metal stamp designs for little add on charms and have been eyeing the hip feather! I can’t wait to see how I incorporate it!

Metal stamping is personal, it tells a story. Whether you’re the one wearing it or making it, it means something to you. I love being a part of the process of creating something meaningful. I hand stamp inspirational and encouraging sentiments that speak to me and in return I hope it connects with someone else. It can be your daily mantra, a quote or just a simple word that speaks volumes within. When I feel that passion work it’s way into a piece of my jewelry, it is soul satisfying. And if someone else loves it too, the journey is beyond rewarding!

You can find Angelic Whimsey here:

Melanie LeGrand, Angelic Whimsey
melanielegrand@me.com

Instagram: angelicwhimsey
Etsy: etsy.com/shop/angelicwhimsey

Featured Maker: Angelic Whimsey Metal Stamped Jewelry Pieces
Meet more of our Featured Makers here. If you would like to be considered for a feature, please email Angela@Beaducation.com.




2 comments:

Melanie LeGrand said...

Thank you, Angela! I'm thrilled to be featured! Thank you for sharing my story and my work!!

Angela Silva said...

You're welcome Melanie - you are amazing! :)