Branchbound is the wonderful jewellery creations of Sarah Louise Walker from Chicago. With a leaning towards lace Sarah Louise makes a wonderfully feminine range of products that are a real hit with Brides and lace-lovers alike!
Iced Vovo spoke with Sarah Louise about what has her inspired by lace and more:
Q: How long have you been making jewellery and did you have formal training or are you self-taught?
A: I’ve been making jewellery for about three and a half years now; I started my Etsy shop in November of 2009. I am self-taught. I’ve always loved jewellery and a few years ago I decided to start making it for myself.
Q: What attracted you to concentrating on lace as the main material to use?
A: I’ve always loved lace, especially in clothing. At the time I started my shop I loved collars and large earrings, and I found lace to be a perfect medium for both, which is what my store was stocked with early on.
Q: Where do you source your lace and can you tell us a little about what you do with the lace to get to the end product?
A: I get my lace from all over; some is vintage and some is new. I create my own dyes and mix them with a stiffener to give the lace more strength and help it hold its shape.
Q: I noticed you have a few non-lace items now in your collection are these something new you are trying?
A: About a year ago I started playing around with beadwork and I’m trying to combine the two. It helps me get more out of the lace I already have and adds a little something special to the pieces I make.
Q: The metal lace jewellery is a great concept, is the patterning achieved by pressing the metal to lace?
A: The metal has been annealed and then put through a roller, imprinting lace in mirrored images. Sometimes the lace disintegrates after one pressing so it makes them even more one of a kind.
Q: What is your favourite item to make and why?
A: Right now I love making pieces like my new Minka necklace. It’s so fun to work with different mediums and it gives me more room to play with my different materials and findings.
Q: It may be the same as above, but what is your most favourite item in your collection?
A: I really love my initial jewellery. It’s a unique product to Etsy and is both trendy and timeless. These are perfect gifts to personalize, too.
Q: What other expansion plans do you have for your collection?
A: I’m always adding new colors to my shop, switching up my palette for the seasons. As my metals class ends I am trying to make as many materials as I can to tide me over for the next few months of creating.
Q: Is Etsy the best place for people to buy your lovely jewellery?
A: It is; I sell at some craft shows in Chicago and a few boutiques worldwide but for the widest selection and customization it’s the best platform I have.