What are we going to do there, you might ask.
Australia is a wonderful country, I had the pleasure to live there for a 1/2 year. I was only 7 then, but still have many wonderful memories of that time.
Today though we will visit a Zibbet shop that is located in Melbourne.(if you click on it, just a little visual so you know where we are going to)
So who are we going to visit?
http://www.zibbet.com/ChinniAbhi is the shop address.
Where is your center of craft life? Where is your business?
ChinniAbhi: I am located in Melbourne, Australia.
I did start my journey in craft here in Melbourne. I do sell locally and internationally too.
What kind of material do you work with and why?
I use a variety of materials. From swarovski crystals, glass, clay, wooden beads to paper beads. I make gold toned, silver toned and even bronze toned earrings. And sometimes necklaces.
I am also into card making.
I always get fascinated as how any item can be used for jewelry making. Every time I discover a new type of material it just gives me an idea of creating absolutely new piece of jewelry with a new look.
Why do you craft? How did you learn?
ChinniAbhi : I am a full time working mother of a beautiful girl. Craft is a good mode of relaxation and a very good way of enjoyment too. I have always been interested in crafting but never got into it as much as I am now.
I got into jewelry making only a few years back. My dear friend/colleague did take me to a bead shop where she demonstrated how to make earrings for our selves. That’s how I really got introduced to jewelry making. I instantly fell in love with this art and have been following ever since.
What was the inspiration for your shops name?
ChinniAbhi : My daughter is the inspiration for my shop’s name. She too loves making jewelry and she has designed some really good ones!
What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials?
ChinniAbhi : Beads of course. I would have a tough time without them
How would you describe your style?
ChinniAbhi : I have my roots coming from India. Hence the influence of Indian culture can be seen in my designs. I would describe my designs to be a fusion between ethnic Indian look and modern trends.
Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to?
ChinniAbhi : I still feel I have just begun my journey so I am always looking up to all designers who make wonderful pieces of art!
What do you do to make your workspace an enriching and inspiring place to be?
ChinniAbhi : My work space is still small, but i ensure the same to be open and organized.
What sorts of things are inspiring you right now?
ChinniAbhi : Right now I am more interested in beading with seed beads , paper beads and paper bead jewelry .Recently i have started venturing into clay beads as well.
Where do you look for inspiration?
ChinniAbhi : I mostly do my research on Internet. A few magazines and even store fronts help to. I usually design my earrings first before I actually start making them Hence the design is triggered from various things i see in daily life.
When do you feel the most creative?
ChinniAbhi : Usually I keep working on my designs in my mind all day .I put my designs into action at next available time of the day
What are your future plans?
Chinniabhi : My plans for future is to make my hobby to be my full time activity. Am hoping to grow my own handmade business and hopefully my own website. Well these are my goals. .I just hope that I can achieve it.
These are the places where you can find her:
So how was that for a trip around the world?