I was introduced to the world of upcycling after I had already begun experimenting with jewellery making and it was a god send! It led me to creative searches through the flea market in Yafo (Jaffa) where I looked for items I could reinvent and sell to pay off my student loans. Unfortunately, even at the flea market the items were too pricey for me and I just couldn’t see a way to make a living from of them. But it was there that a broken beer bottle happened to catch my eye and fill me with inspiration about creating beautiful pieces out of discarded objects. I began experimenting with glass, smashing a few bottles at home, and worked with the random shards that naturally broke off. What resulted from those first experiments was beautiful and produced an excited reaction from friends and family. As things developed I started to branch out and look for anything and everything that I could turn into jewellery. My mother works in the world of high-tech and suggested that I might use castoff computer chips, which turned out to be great material
My role model is definitely my mom. She has a huge room in her house full of materials of all sorts, things she taught herself to create. They vary from sewing and knitting to painting and building furniture.
One can only hope it would be Tina Fey; she doesn’t take herself too seriously and you can see she loves what she does.
The earliest thing I can recall is of me and my mom watching the DIY show Changing Rooms, where they used discarded items to create new furniture.
I must say that it’s my first glass piece, a beer bottle bottom which worked out beautifully. Looking at it now it seems a bit raw, which makes me like it even more. I never put it up on sale, it’s mine to treasure and a good memoir from the starting point.
Trust your artistic gut and always wear gloves.
Being outside, preferably with my adorable baby (Kaya, a french bulldog – she’s the light of my life).
Well actually tonight I’m heading out with my partner and a few other good friends to camp out on a lakeside and soak some sun.
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