Jul 27, 2011

Shop Spotlight: Vitrine

Jewellery is something you'll find plenty of on Etsy I assure you. But what if you're looking for something that's unique? An original piece just for you that no one else will ever have. Well, then Vitrine is the place for you. Candice is the creative force behind these modern, contemporary pieces that are sure to turn heads. Her work has been sold in galleries in Canada, Europe, and the Middle East, and now you can own one of Vitrine's original one of a kind creations.

Get comfy and take a moment to get to know Vitrine. It's always interesting to hear about the creative process that goes on behind the scenes.

Oh Canada: Of all the things that you sell, which item or style is your favorite?

Candice: I have a few that I call favorites and the thing that they have in common is that they're all wire wrapped. I love how wire wrapping showcases them as unique pieces because no two are ever alike.

Oh Canada: Where did you learn your skills?

Candice: I am by nature a very curious person. I like to find out how things are put together and then try my hand at it. So I ordered a few books on jewellery making from my local library and watched some Youtube videos, and, of course with trial and error perfected my wire wrapping techniques.

Oh Canada: Everyone has different motivations for making their unique wares.What drives you to create?

Candice: I come from a very creative family. My dad paints and my mum sews. My aunts all crochet, knit, or sew. So as young as 3, I remember asking my mum to show me how to embroider. I've never been able to sit down and not keep my hands busy! I love coming up with new ideas and projects. In fact, I usually fall asleep thinking of a new way to showcase a stone or bead. Sure beats counting sheep!

Oh Canada: If you could learn to use any new technique or material, what would it be?

Candice: I would like to take a silversmithing course and learn how to bezel using gemstones.

Oh Canada: Any plans to incorporate a new product into your shop this year?

Candice: I'd like to possibly introduce jewellery with some sort of fabric aspect. I have tons of ideas and never enough time to do them all!

Oh Canada: What is your favorite thing about selling on Etsy?

Candice: Meeting people who are so talented. Some products on Etsy literally blow my mind, and inspire me to keep on creating. I am also lucky that I belong to a couple of teams(including the Oh Canada Team) where the camaraderie and support are so phenomenal that it almost makes you feel like you belong to a guild.

Oh Canada: Do you have a number one tip for new sellers?

Candice: Take the best photos you possibly can of your items. And I'm not talking about getting an expensive camera. Find free software that can tweak your pictures so that they're brighter and more appealing to potential buyers.

Oh Canada: What is your favorite thing to buy on Etsy?

Candice: Handmade soap. Totally luxurious to know a bar of soap was made just for you.

Oh Canada: What is the number one best item in your shop right now?

Candice: I love these AAA rutilated quartz earrings. It's quite rare to find so many rutiles in each stone- it's one of my best finds.

You can keep up with Vitrine by visiting her on Facebook, Twitter, and her blog.

Copyright 2011 Oh Canada Team


Jensdreamdecor said...

lovely to learn more about such a talented Etsian! great post!

TheOldBarnDoor said...

Truly beautiful items crafted with attention to detail and straight from the heart. Your love for what you craft is evident in each piece. Nice background piece... great to get to know you even better.

bstudio said...

Great interview, it's always interesting to learn a little bit more about a fellow OC member.
Beautiful jewelry too!

Littlebearsmom said...

I have always loved Vitrine's craftmanship and choice of colors and materials. This spotlight has allowed me to get to know her on a more personal level which is great :) And as one jewelry person to another - those tourmalinated quartz earrings are absolutely stunning!!!

Anonymous said...

What lovely jewellery and especially the fact that they are hand-made. I am a guy looking for a unique gift for someone special and was referred to Vitrine and loved not just the product but that it would be a unique piece hanging off my No. 1 person. Nice to read the background about such a talented and passionate person. Keep it up Candice and def. will refer more pppl here.
Sam Blecker

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