Does the name Heather Powers ring a bell?
If so, you may know Heather from the Art Bead Scene blog, where she’s the editor-in-chief; from her book Jewelry Designs from Nature: Woodlands, Gardens, Sea; from her Bead Cruises; or from her awesome bead store called Humblebeads. But did you know she’s also an incredibly talented jewelry designer, too?
It’s true, and today, she’s stopping by to share a little about her new fall line! I’m so excited about this because Heather is such an amazing person, and a good friend of mine. I love to find out how designers work, and it’s even better when it’s a friend. So, let’s get to it!
What’s your inspiration with your new fall line?
Grab your favorite scarf and old leather boots, there is a crisp breeze this morning. Head to the forest, listen as the leaves crunch beneath your feet. Notice the pattern of the branches against the grey sky and stark birch trees with their bright yellow leaves swaying in the wind.
Collect a few leaves and acorns on your walk. Watch as the birds balance delicately on the branches of a bush enjoying a late harvest of berries. Walk through fields of goldenrod and Queen Anne’s lace as you head down a path less traveled. That’s my inspiration for my fall line and I hope my pieces let the wearer experience those small glimpses of the season.
With nature such a huge inspiration for you, what’s your favorite season?
I love the change of seasons and enjoy each one for it’s unique beauty but I’m totally an autumn girl. If heaven were one season, I’d want it to be those few fleeting weeks in October when all the world is ablaze with color. I walk around kind of drunk with color, trying to soak it all in and my camera clicking away to capture it before it’s gone – literally blown away in the wind!
Talk a little about your process for your fall line: do you work from an inspiration source, like a color palette/scheme or a theme, or is it a more organic process for you?
If I’m working on one-of-a-kind designs, the process begins with a luscious tray of beads surrounding a theme and color palette. From there, I play with the possibilities until the beads are singing and a successful design has come to life.
For new additions to my regular line of jewelry, I start with sketches and studying my current collection. I try to fill the line in with designs that will compliment what I already offer, making sure they speak the same visual language. This process goes through many sketches and usually features designs with more of the beads I create.
What colors do you come back to over and over? What colors are you loving right now?
Working with color is my favorite part of my job. I took a color course in art school and I always think that was the best money I ever spent! My go-to color combinations are usually copper/teal and purple/green. But right now, I’m working with autumn hues with mixed metals. I can’t get enough of yellow, orange, red and berry colors accented with touches of purple, brown and gray. I also have a color crush on navy blue and goldenrod at the moment and see those sneaking into my designs.
What’s your favorite piece from your new line and why?
I really love my new Autumn Ombre Brass Bracelet. I love the contrast of the row of beads with all it’s colors and designs paired with a simple modern bangle of hammered brass. It’s fun to wear and has an interesting hinge design.
What do you want people to know about your work? Or, what would people be surprised to learn about your work/your process?
If you are new to my work I think you’d be surprised to know that every piece of jewelry incorporates beads I create and ones I collect from other bead artists. If you not familiar with art beads, these are artisan creations with beads as our tiny canvases. My background is in painting and printmaking and I see a lot of process going into the beads I make for my jewelry, in color, texture and design.
Thank you Brandi for the opportunity to share my work and inspiration with your readers!
Aren’t these pieces just lovely? I adore Heather’s work, and I can definitely see her crisp autumnal inspiration with these new pieces, how about you? What’s your favorite Humblebeads Jewelry piece?
And as a gift to you, Heather’s offering BGB readers 15% off your orders until Monday! Enter code BGIRL15 during checkout.
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