Heather of Hey Designs makes lovely jewelry from reclaimed materials. She says:
I take apart jewelery that myself or somebody else didn’t want anymore and I will find a new use for it, that’s how I acquired some of my beads, findings etc. For my summer collection I also used a lot of shells, all that were found by me at the beach. Right now I am working on some pieces that are vintage and were handed down to me like old skeleton keys and buttons. I also go to antique shops and buy things like chains and old necklaces (which I than take apart).
She was also kind enough to answer my 5 questions!
1. Tell me about how you got started crafting.
I can remember making things when I was old enough to hold crayons, scissors or what ever else I could get my hands on. My mom is an artist along with my grandma so I was always surrounded by crafts, and my creative ideas were all ways flowing whether it was making new clothes for my dolls or friendship bracelets for my friends.
2. What draws you to eco-friendly materials?
I am very concerned about the welfare of animals in this world. I am disgusted by how much waste is created everyday by excessive packaging and Styrofoam containers, so I always recycle and try to be cautious of what I throw away. I put my money into companies who use recycled materials, plant trees and don’t conduct animal testing.
3. What inspires you?
I am inspired by nature and animals. Nature is always changing and is so beautiful, and I think we can learn a lot from nature if we just take the time to look and observe. I am inspired by animals because like nature they are complex and beautiful.
4. Who are your crafty heroes?
My crafty heroes would be my great-grandfather and my grandma. My great-grandfather was a great jeweler and I treasure the jewelry that I have from him. My grandma was always sewing or baking, making things for all her grand kids. Everything that they created was made with love and excellent craftsmanship.
5. Where can folks find your work?
My work is on my Etsy shop and I have a few Hemp Dog and Cat Collars at Enza’s Organic Salon in Salisbury, MD. You can also find out more about heydesigns by checking out my blog.