As most of you know, Lorelei Eurto is an extremely talented (and frequently published) jewelry artist whose whimsical designs leave her fans in constant amazement. After reading our interview, be sure to head over to Lorelei’s blog as well as Lorelei Eurto Jewelry on both Etsy and Big Cartel to check out a few of her goodies. You won’t regret. Now, without further ado, let’s begin our talk with Lorelei.
Lorelei: I mostly use my studio to create jewelry, and now that it’s located in my office, I also use it online shop, pay bills, and keep up with the business side of the business.
Lorelei: I always admire people’s creative organization skills when I see pictures on blogs. I love color, interesting knick knacks to look at, walls filled with inspiration- but I’m also a fan of organization, and simplicity. The two rarely go hand in hand.
FSS: Name one (or more) things that work especially well for you?
Lorelei: I like keeping my tools and sometimes bead projects in little ceramic vessels, dishes, and bowls. They add to the handcrafted look in my studio, are pretty on their own and also act as a functional piece.
Lorelei: BEAD STORAGE! This has been an ongoing battle for me. I used to store all beads in plastic bins that I cut the covers off of, and they were spread out on several tables around the room. Then the bins moved to small stacks on a bookshelf. And now, there is not room for that bookshelf so the bins are stacked on the work table. This makes it hard to find what I need. I do have half of my beads in a large 27 drawer vintage printers cabinet, but it’s just about full. Another one will have to be acquired in the future! Some day I hope to find the best solution.
FSS: Level of importance: design aesthetic or functionality?
Lorelei: Functionality is definitely the most important. If I can’t find what I need, or have a good understanding of where everything is kept, my mind is completely blank and I get nothing done. I try to keep my studio as clean as I can.
Lorelei: As mentioned above, I am constantly trying to make the storage issue better, easier, more organized. I tried organizing by color but that doesn’t ever last long. I am looking into get one of those larger plastic storage containers that has small drawers. Or possibly something larger, free standing, like one in particular that a scrapbooking company makes, complete with little drawer inserts for beads.
FSS: Do you use/prefer/need artificial light or natural light?
Lorelei: I love natural lighting the best because occasionally I will have made jewelry in the evening in artificial lighting, and looked at it the next day, in natural light and been appalled at the color clashing.
FSS: How has having your own creative space affected your work?
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