June 8, 2018

Featured Maker: Helen at Feliz Kiwi

When we first saw these super cute succulent / cactus earrings (shown below) we knew we had to know more. Our Featured Makers often have stories we can relate to and that are inspiring. Let's meet Helen at Feliz Kiwi.

Art, crafting, and making has always been a part of my life. Ever since I was little and saw something I liked, my Mom would always say, "We can make that." And we did. She never ceased to amaze me. She helped me with every school project and sewed costumes for any event needed, especially Halloween!

My Father too, has been a great influence on how I create my artwork. He is a furniture maker and has always overcome any challenge in his craft by taking it head on and finding a way to make it happen beautifully.

Their influence outlined my journey into art. I became an art student for many years. I took everything from Architecture, 3D Design, Graphic Design, and Fine Art. I don't think I've ever met an art subject I didn't like! Though becoming a wife and mother soon took its course and my life with art was put on hold. Whenever there was a chance to squeeze it in somewhere, like sewing costumes, cooking, my kid’s projects, I would happily do it. As my daughters gradually began growing up, I found more time to dedicate to creating for myself again.

Since then, I've worked with many mediums, my love for making jewelry started about 10 years ago when I was working a lot with polymer clay and creating personalized pendants using rubber stamps. So you can imagine my excitement when I learned about sheet metal and alphabet metal stamps!! Wow, talk about getting giddy! 

Soon after that, 4 years ago to be exact, I came across Beaducation.com. I was completely fascinated! The videos they provide, really made this new art form so intriguing and accessible. I decided to purchase an alphabet set and blanks, and I was hooked. My love affair with metal began.

The feeling of whacking metal and watching it change its form was so enlightening and therapeutic for me. Moving into the design stamps was my next phase in the metal stamping world. Seeing these detailed little pictures on a piece of aluminum or silver was so satisfyingly adorable! 

My favorites will always be my first. The male sugar skull, radiant heart, and Mason jar. That doesn’t stop me from acquiring and loving more, though!! I have my eyes set on those new feathers and that Beaducation Original Vintage Tattoo font...be still my heart!

I found myself wanting to learn more about metal, so I decided to delve in further and try my hand at soldering. Wow, talk about sucking me in! I became obsessed with all the tools involved and learning all that I could via the Internet and many books. I have truly embraced this art form wholeheartedly. I know that my journey in Metalsmithing will continue for years to come.

While I delight in fabricating all types of jewelry, my favorites are rings and anything personalized. I think the connection of words, symbols, names, and even a simple initial, to a person’s soul is so powerful. It’s like finding that little license plate in a gift shop with your name on it, just makes you smile and feel happy. 

We thank Helen for sharing her story with us. Please show support to your fellow artists. Follow Feliz Kiwi on social and visit her store next time you are looking for a handmade gift for friends, family, co-workers or yourself! 

If you would like to be considered as a Featured Maker, please contact Angela@Beaducation.com


Unknown said...

Wow! Love your metal-style! You can tell you love what you do-it shows in your work! Keep learning and sharing! Hugs💓

leovinci.artmaker said...

Beautiful work and beautiful story! Thank you for sharing!