I asked Jami of Lola D Menageries to answer a few questions about her work. She's a smart, funny, outgoing lady who brings a fresh new perspective to jewelry design.
Q: How do you come up with your design ideas?
A: I usually sit and play with wire. I am not a sit-down- and-draw everything out type of person. Instead I typically sit at my junky, messy craft table and start pulling bits together. I may have a color in mind, but a particular design just pops out from what I see in the raucous on my table. I usually can't make the same thing twice. A piece usually takes anywhere from 2-12 hours. On occasion more!
Q: You are an artist in many different genres. What is your favorite medium or your current obsession artistically?
A: I have three main artistic/creative obsessions- making jewelry, photography, and writing (the order rotates depending on the month). I like most when I can combine them all. I always take the photos of my own jewelry. Sometimes I will write a poem to go with the piece as well. Combo art :)
Q: What was the very first thing you ever remember making by hand?
A: Jewelry wise it was a simple daisy chain necklace--the first piece of jewelry I ever learned to make. I've been hooked ever since. The first wire piece I ever made was a bangle with large-holed gauge copper wire. and 16
Q: Of all the things you've made so far, is there one piece that you consider to be your "masterpiece?" If so, describe it for us.
A: A masterpiece--the first poly clay face and wire bracelet/cuff I made. I tried it for a competition over in Jewelrygeeks (Metalchasers at the time). Here's a pic :)
Q: If someone wanted to learn to work in wire, how would you advise them to go about it?
A: Immediately go searching on the internet for basic information. After that, I suggest just grabbing craft wire and playing with it. I don't like starting with the "basic projects" so to speak. I rather find something I like and then try to make it. That way I will be inspired to figure it out rather than making something I know I'd never really wear. Maybe I am a glutton for punishment, LOL :) But seriously, playing with wire and getting the feel for it first was easiest for me.
Q: Other than wire work, what are some of your other hobbies or favorite activities?
A: I like to read and write. I write everything from essays to poetry and sketches. I adore sci-fi movies and shows. I like to paint and do pastels (although they are NOT my artistic strong points :) ). I also enjoy salsa dancing!
Q: Tell us a little about yourself...your family, children, pets, interesting facts, etc.
A: Umm, interesting facts? I am involved in a relationship. He is absolutely sweet and adorable- my balance and sweetheart! I have a cat, she's hilarious!
I am from Ohio where I teach as well as sell my jewelry.
I suppose an interesting bit would be that I HATE doing dishes! I'd rather clean a bathroom! EEEWWW :)
Q: If someone wants to contact you about commissioning a piece or placing an order, how do they go about getting in touch with you?
A: Feel free to email me at jamilola.blogspot.com. You can order pieces at my store jamilola.etsy.com.
. You can see my work on my blog
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