1. Tell me a bit about your background and how long you have been an artist/crafter.
I studied Textile Design and worked in that field for about 7 years, though barely as a designer. In the different companies I worked for, my job was usually as an account executive. After this period of time I was convinced I had to become my own boss and decided to study jewelry. Since then, I've been in the jewelry business for almost 5 years.
2. Where do you find your inspiration?
Colors. In Peru we have a large variety of natural stones and I usually get inspired from these colors. Another source of inspiration is internet. Is the best way to see what's going on worldwide.
3. Do you sell your work, or is it purely for pleasure?
I sell my work through my webpage http://www.alidajoyas.com/ and Novica http://www.novica.com/
4. If someone was looking to take up this craft should they have any related experience before they start?
No. I took up jewelry without knowing a bit about it, but I needed a teacher to guide me on every step.
5. What would be your top 5 tips for a beginner?
If you are a woman and like to have your nails done, forget about jewelry.
Before buying your own equipment, attend to a basic jewelry metalsmithing class and find out if this is what you like.
Take notes of every step in each piece.
Take your time, especially on the finishings, because that's where you see the quality of the work.
You need to have a lot of patience
6. What would be your top 5 items of essential equipment?
- Jeweller's bench
- Pliers (round, flat and needle-nose)
"Complete metalsmith, student edition" by Tim McCreight.
8. Can you recommend any brands to look out for, when buying equipment or kit?I don't have a favorite brand, but I do recommend German tools.
Thank you Alida for talking with us and I wish you success with your work.