Tell me a little bit about yourself.
My name is Ginny Moore, I’m 48, I reside in Batavia Ohio which is a suburb of Cincinnati. I’ve been married almost 26 years; we have three children and three grandchildren. My “day job” is working in an animal hospital which helps me take care of my animal habit! I’ve lived in the same county my entire life, and in fact, I’ve only moved a total of five times my entire life! I enjoy music, movies, working with animals, hiking, taking “day trips” to state parks to learn more about our state. I enjoy horseback riding and my goal for THIS YEAR is to adopt a rescue horse and get back into riding again after many years of health issues which prevented it.
Tell me a bit about your background and how long you have been an artist/crafter.
I’ve always been “artsy”, ever since I was a small child. I’ve done sketches in charcoal, pencil and oil pastels, dabbled in painting, did “country crafts” for several years, love computer graphics but my biggest love is designing and creating jewelry. The jewelry I started making when I was somewhere around 13 or 14, which means I’ve been doing this for almost 34 or 35 years! A LONG TIME.
What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
The very first thing I can remember creating of jewelry was this little swirled wire bracelet. My cousin brought us some wire from old phone cable and it had all kinds of pretty colored wire inside it, and we took it and wound the ends up as spirals and then joined them all together. I can’t even remember exactly how we did it now! But that got me hooked. After that I started playing with stringing beads, and from there playing with wire working and here we are.
What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
I get inspired from all kinds of places. Mostly seeing combination of colors, sometimes in nature, sometimes in clothes. I do a lot of spiritual jewelry as well, so the seasons inspire me, animals, that sort of thing. Mostly things just come to me. Sometimes I’ll just be sitting or laying in bed even and an idea hit me for something to try. I never know where an idea or inspiration is going to come from!
What are your favorite materials?
Oh, that’s a tough one, because I tend to bounce around a lot and I work in a lot of mediums. I love sterling silver, copper, I also enjoy beading and chainmaille, AND I also enjoy designing and creating art beads from polymer clay, which I sell and also use in my finished pieces. I enjoy using Swarovski Austrian crystals, gemstone beads, lampwork glass my husband makes. SO many different things, and they are all my favorites at the time, I just get “tired” of doing any one thing for too long, then I move to the next and eventually work my way back around.
What is your favorite color? What colors are you drawn to?
Oh, this is an EASY question, I adore purple. I have to watch myself or I would make EVERYTHING in purple. I do like purple combos though too, I love purple and peridot green together, and red, pink….. I’m going to try some purple, peridot green and brown, which seems to be getting more popular these days. But I’ve never been one to follow color trends; I go where my muses take me!
If someone were looking to take up a craft, what advice would you give them?
Do something you like. Be original, don’t “copy” what others do, be your own person and make your art your very own. Do it for the love of it, and for no other reason. Selling it is great, but do it for YOU, and you’ll be happy.
What is your area of interest in crafting? What do you specialize in?
Designing and creating jewelry and designing and creating art beads are my main focus right now. I’ve tried other things, but my jewelry and my beads are my bread and butter and so those are what I am sticking with. I specialize in wire worked and wire wrapped jewelry, also chainmaille, and in beads, I specialize in lampwork styled polymer clay art beads and hand-sculpted flower beads. I have gotten so many compliments on my beads, people; even experienced artisans think my polymer clay beads are lampwork! I take a lot of care and put a lot of work into my beads, and I really enjoy making them.
What would be your top 5 tips for a beginner?
1) Be honest and have integrity about your work
2) Don’t get discouraged, everything takes time
3) Find a mentor, someone whose work you admire
4) Don’t get dependant on classes or instruction books, let your imagination take you!
5) Learn how to ferret out great sources for your supplies, and find different things to use than others have!
What would be your top 5 items of essential equipment?
1) Tools YOU can handle well. If cheapies work for you then USE THEM, but GOOD tools will make your work better and easier. I still have one of the first pairs of pliers I ever used, they look horrible but I cannot part with them.
2) Organizing tools, so you can easily find what you need, makes your work so much easier
3) If you’re selling, good displays to photo on and a GOOD CAMERA for the photos, I feel photos are better than scanning as scanning does not allow you to use “props” which really add to your presentation
4) A cloth or pad to work on so you can lay your work out without it rolling around all over the place
5) Plenty of space for storage, this habit tends to take over your life!
Can you recommend a technique or ‘tips’ book ideal for a beginner?
Ummm, this is tough as I am totally self-taught, never had a lesson and I don’t read books about it. If I was going to recommend something I would suggest to anyone to go to the one person they admire the most and ask them if THEY give lessons on their techniques and go that route. Books can be good, but many a great would-be designer gets dependant on copying designs from books, and the whole purpose is to be a DESIGNER not an assembler! So learn techniques NOT designs. And if your favorite artist isn’t able to help you, find a local bead store and see about classes. If you can’t find any, the internet has plenty of tutorials out there, or go my route and grab some tools and practice the way you think it’s done, until you get it down! 🙂 Use cheap wire at first (24 gauge brass is good), and once you have your technique down, move on to the precious metals. Learning all on your own can be tough, but it’s far more rewarding.
Can you recommend any brands to look out for, when buying equipment or kit?
Well, be careful of cheap imports on tools, if they “jiggle” when you open and close them, leave them. Also, when buying pliers, close them, if you see space, forget them. For round nosed pliers you want them to meet together NOT cross over one another. For wire, go with SOFT, working it will harden it, or you can always hammer it, often wire that is half hard or hard is BRITTLE and won’t hold up over time if it’s stressed at all. I don’t buy kits or use them, so I’m not much help in that department, but I’d have to say to make sure WHAT is in it, and WHERE it came from before taking the plunge and spending your hard earned money on it. And if I was to buy a kit, I’d buy one that was put together by a designer and NOT a packaged kit from a craft store.
Do you sell your work, or is it purely for pleasure?
I do sell it, but it still gives me pleasure! I put a lot of ME in my work, and I feel about my jewelry and beads almost as if they are my “children” meaning, they are little parts of me I have put out into the world for others. I’ve sold all over the world, so I’ve sent my love and heart and soul to the four corners of the planet, and that gives me a great deal of pleasure. To know little pieces of me are out there giving pleasure to others is a tremendous joy.
What is your Etsy shop address and name? Where else can we find you?
I have two Etsy stores, one for my jewelry http://www.ggsexclusives.etsy.com/ and my bead store, http://www.ggsexclusivelybeads.etsy.com/ and my main website http://www.ggsexclusives.com/ , folks can email me at email@example.com for any questions! I’m also soon to be launching some new work with a friend and fellow designer, and when I do that info will be on my blog http://ggsexclusives.com/whatshappening/.