Friday, April 26, 2013

Artist Profile: Afshan Fathima Nawas - U.S. Winner of our Pantone Spring Colors Contest

Afshan Fathima Nawas was voted the #1 entry from the United States in our Spring Pantone Colors Contest with her "Birthday Earrings".  This lovely design features fun speckled beads and some really pretty wire wrapping.  We were curious to learn more about Afshan and her jewelry making journey.  Here is her story:

Tell us a little about yourself:
I'm a grad student by day and jewelry-maker on the weekends.  Ever since I discovered the magic you can create with just craft wire and beads, I have been hooked on making jewelry.

How did you get interested in beading/jewelry making?
I used to modify earrings that I bought, if I wasn't completely satisfied with them - separate the charms, add ear-wires and make them into two earrings. Then, one summer break, while browsing at the nearest craft store, I discovered craft wire and the infinite possibilities it held. That is how it started.

What are your favorite materials to use in jewelry making?
Wire of different gauges, natural gemstone beads and Swarovski crystals.

Who or what inspires your creative process?
I love the intricate wire work by Iza Malczyk. The bold use of colors by Sabina G also inspire me. Of recent, I have been drawn to metal works of art by Anna-Karin Hallström and Belinda Saville.

Is there somewhere people can see/purchase your work?
I haven't started selling my work yet. But I have a Flickr page where you can check out more photos!

Thanks for sharing Afshan!  It was great to read a little bit about you and your work and we wish you the best of luck with your endeavors!

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