Today’s meet the maker spotlight brings you a burst of color and a feast for the eyes. Joyful color and beautiful bracelets abound from Christine of Quirky Nook. Be sure to catch the giveaway details at the end of the post!
Joyful Color from Quirky Nook
Christine and I connected on Instagram over a year ago over our mutual love of color. Her whimsical designs and beautiful jewelry called to me and she and I instantly became maker friends. Despite our distance, she’s in Minnesota and I’m in NC, we’ve chatted on the phone many times, talking easily and excitedly about creativity, being a maker and running a small business.
Christine’s work is unique and her passion for what she does is easy to see in each and every piece. I love the bracelet she made for me during our swap all those months ago. We collaborated last Fall for the holiday season and held a joint sale of her bracelets and my jewelry bags. It was an easy partnership and a match made in color heaven.
I’m delighted for you to meet Christine and get to know a bit about her. I’m sure you’ll be inspired by her work and her story!
Tell us a bit about yourself Christine:
Widowhood Survivor Turned Artist: I’ve always been a creative type, but it wasn’t until I lost my husband to brain cancer in January of 2008 that the artist in me truly awoke. It started with an entry level Canon SLR, a pile of scrapbook supplies, an autobiographical blog, and a community of people who anxiously awaited updates concerning the frenzy of loss and grief. My passion for paper and photo journaling grew quickly – two years following the passage, I began working as a design team coordinator/social media manager for Crate Paper, a renowned, once independent scrapbook manufacturer. I enrolled in a nearby liberal arts college and started making progress on my Fine Arts degree. Both experiences reshaped my life and brought me to jewelry design, which is my current love, and source of happiness.
If you follow the snow and random bursts of cold weather, eventually, you’ll land in Saint Paul, Minnesota – my current place of residence. It’s here where I reside with my ten year old son in a cozy, cottage home on a cliff near the great Mississippi River. Two years ago, after departing from the scrapbook industry, I decided to revisit a prior creative passion of mine – jewelry making. During my early twenties, I’d spent a sizable amount of time and effort learning the ins and outs of jewelry design: I supervised at a local bead store, traveled and visited various bead shows, and authored articles for Bead & Button magazine while exploring the world of peyote stitch. My love of beads never departed entirely. And thankfully, I’d kept everything bead-related!
Upon organizing the many gorgeous beads I’d collected over the years, I turned to Etsy in June of 2015 and initiated my first handmade shop — Quirky Nook — a colorful place to find one-of-a-kind whimsical jewelry creations; specializing in artistry lampwork charm bracelets and unique color combinations inspired by my obsession with all things bright & happy. My company’s motto is “where color meets happiness” – loss has taught me to embrace positivity using colors that instill a deep sense of joy while giving voice to life’s vicarious layers. My offerings are a treat to behold, and a reminder of just how magnificent the world is when we focus on the playful nature of color. No two of my pieces are ever alike – each is fostered by a personality all its own.
Today, I work within the beautiful confines of a small studio located in the back of my home. It’s light peach walls are met with colorful old and new knickknacks, handmade wares, an endless supply of beads, and seven inquisitive cats. Quirky Nook is my full time job, as is being an artist and awesome mom! I welcome you to check out my shop!
Tell us about what you make:
I never really was a jewelry girl per say, but there is something about bracelets that makes them accessible and easy to wear. I specialize in the production of vibrantly hued beaded charm bracelets. I host anywhere from two to three styles at a time, though my standout hit is the double-strand wirework bracelet with Angela Dose lampwork and oh-so-cute swirly cones. They’re candy for the wrist!
Tell us about where you create:
Thankfully, I’m fortunate to have a private, ‘well heated’ space where I can craft and create while listening to my favorite podcasts throughout the afternoon. My studio is bright, open, and alive with natural light. It includes two desks, more shelves than I care to admit, an up & coming gallery area (cause I’m a firm believer in supporting handmade), and way too many decorations. My process is tedious, but it always lends itself beautifully to the outcome of my art. I usually begin with a picture pulled from an online source that showcases an unusual color combination. I then decide on a design and coordinate a line-up of carefully selected beads – each has an important part in the story. Sometimes, it an take up to an hour to solidify a unified presentation of beads. I spend an additional hour or two piecing together the bracelet – every twist and turn is vital – I’m a perfectionist at heart. Finally, it’s time to add the charms – they are the icing on the cake! Never does a Quirky Nook bracelet feel finished without charms.
Who/What inspires you?
Other artists. Plain and simple. As a lover of art, and as someone who seeks to evaluate and enjoy the makings of handcrafted items, I’m always amazed by the vast and differing talents played out by artists both offline, and online. Perspective and expression is very much individualistic. It leads to infinite inspiration – art is a treasure-trove of color!
What’s your advice for living a creative life?
Hunt. Gather. Practice. All the time. Make it your life. Creativity goes beyond making things. It’s a lifestyle. It’s a way of ‘living’ through self expression and making ourselves vulnerable and open to the world. Find that thing that is your voice and put it out there. I happen to be creative in a multitude of ways; jewelry making, photo journaling, mixed-media, graphic design, painting, knitting, decorating – don’t limit yourself. You only get to walk this journey once.
Share with us some other makers that inspire you on Instagram:
Any last words? 🙂
I’m honored and humbled by Jen’s generosity to invite me as a guest for “Meet the Maker”. Thank you, Jen! And, I welcome all of you to visit my instagram page for upcoming release dates and new product reveals! Questions and inquiries are always encouraged…especially if you LOVE color.
Now for that GIVEAWAY!
$20 Quirky Nook Credit! Visit Christine’s instagram page for the FULL scoop – it begins March 1st and concludes, March 3rd: @quirkynook
Isn’t Christine inspiring and full of wonderful advice? I love her outlook, creativity and positivity as well as her beautiful bracelets. You’re drooling over all of that eye candy and lovely color aren’t you? Now, head on over to enter to win a shop credit from Quirky Nook. You’ll be oh-so glad you did!
Be sure to check out the other Meet the Maker posts in this weekly series. You can find them all on my home page. 🙂