We speak with the lovely Helene from Forget Me Not Engraving who will be back at Bend and Snap Market this month (visitors at our last market day may have lusted after her gorgeous engraved treasures).
Tell us a little about yourself using a Haiku.
I hear a design,
Driven to create by hand,
Tell us a little about the origins of Forget Me Not Engraving.
It really all started when I picked up a hand rotary engraver and found I loved the feel of engraving metals, but mostly glass. I then bought a sand engraver which gently engraves the glass and achieves the most wonderful frosted patterns on glass and thought about some of the wonderful carved carnelian and glass jewellery I saw in Europe. I continue to experiment, with different base materials, learning to hand paint infill fine detail, trying out different glues and adhesives, adding gold, silver and copper leaf and trying different fittings to achieve a look and feel that is modern, yet with a nod to the true masters of the past.
Describe your creative process.
My process begins with thinking about the design before I ever put it onto paper or map it out on my computer. To me the design is more than the lines, it’s the entire process, how the design will be cut, will I infill it with paints or gilds such as gold or silver or leave it natural, do I add gold leaf or one of the Japanese Silver leaf colours, how many colours do I employ together. For jewellery, will I add a necklace or just a pendant bail? Even down to thinking about who is the customer for this piece, how it will it be used, if it is jewellery where & how they would they wear it and where would they wear it. Each step of the process is carefully thought and tested before a piece is ever displayed and sold. This way I ensure each piece is truly different, each having its own finger print, to ensure each piece will never be an exact duplicate of the last.
What inspires you the most?
I have to be honest, my greatest inspiration are the old, mostly unknown, masters who engraved carnelian and other precious stones to create seal rings, gold and silver to create fine jewellery and glass to produce some gorgeous windows that can be seen throughout Europe & even Asia.
Many significant pieces pre date even the early Greek and Romans, and come from many cultures. No modern machinery, highly toxic materials were used in their processes, such as mercury and lead, yet their patience has produced some of the most enduring pieces we still see today in our Museums, Galleries and Churches/Temples/Mosques.
My design inspiration mostly comes from two paths, the first is my time pottering in my garden, especially my bird series jewellery. Time in the garden allows my mind to wander and collate patterns and forms. My second design inspiration comes from galleries, museums, coffee table books and what I remember of the items I have seen in my travels around the world in my previous careers.
Name some of your most favourite local artists and designers.
Debra Bartlett – Botanical Artist
Vicki Kassioras – Jeweller
What are your ultimate dreams for Forget Me Not Engraving?
To pick one, never! I have so many ideas for Forget Me Not Engraving; I can’t share yet, let’s wait and see what happens.
“Life is a journey and adventure with many choices along the way.”
What will will we find from Forget Me Not Engraving at our August Bend and Snap Market?
Jewellery pieces – pendants, necklaces, earrings, and cuff links mostly engraved glass, some sterling silver and pewter, engraved garden spoons, small engraved hurricane vase or two for the home and of course me – Helene, engraver/designer.
Oh hello August, we are celebrating 1000 £ Bend‘s FIFTH BIRTHDAY this month so see you all at our upcoming Bend and Snap Market day at 1000 £ Bend on Sunday 25th August 11:00pm to 4:00pm 361 Little Lonsdale Street in the city for our monthly extravaganza of art design fashion vintage, wild posies and floral arrangements courtesy of FOXGLOVE BOTANICALS, terrariums by BONNIE, illuminating mushrooms from LOWGLO LUMINAIRES and we welcome back the perfect pop up nail bar courtesy of CRITTER CLAWS.
We will be having lots of sugary sweetness served up by BONNIE BIX QUALITY SHORTBREADS, SPOONFULS OF LOVE, SWEET TREATS and WAFFELIER (who sold out of their delicious waffles at our last market day, so be sure to get in quick).
We are also thrilled to have the MELBOURNE ALT CRAFTERS presenting our Crafternoon Corner again this month with a slew of robot building workshops as well as many of our regular stall holders and a load of exciting new additions to our Bend and Snap fold, including: BERNAVUE, BONNIE, BONNIE BIX QUALITY SHORTBREADS, THE CREATURE WORKSHOP, CRITTER CLAWS, DRISYA, EELAV MCBEE, FORGET ME NOT ENGRAVING, FORGET ME KNOTT, FOXGLOVE BOTANICALS, THE GIRL NIGHTINGALE, HELEN FLEUR DESIGNS, JACKIE MADE THIS, JUX, LAUREN NICHOLSON ILLUSTRATION, LOWGLO LUMINAIRES, LOVE MY PRINTS, ME-U, MELBOURNE ALT CRAFTERS, PRECIOUS LITTLE SAKURA, THE RED FOREST, ROZZETTE, SABRI DURSI, SCRABBLE KITTY, SEBO-HANDMADE JEWELLERY, SPOONFULS OF LOVE, SWEET TREATS and WAFFELIER.
We have had some gorgeous interviews with many of our darling stall holders over the past few months. Be sure to make a little time to have a read of these inspiration filled interviews with a selection of our favourite artists and designers you will find at market day this month:
HELEN FLEUR DESIGNS
MELBOURNE ALT CRAFTERS
SPOONFULS OF LOVE
Stay tuned for more stall holder interviews and sneaky treats and be sure to like us on Facebook for all sorts of sneaky peek treats.
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♥ Be sure to also check out Rag Trade (also held at 1000 £ Bend) the day before on Saturday 24th August 11:00am to 4:00pm for some double market weekend love, you will find a treasure trove of second hand, vintage, sweet treats and Things Your Nanna Knew workshops.