Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #12, Axevictimus
This week Tony of axevictimus talks to us about his handcrafted contemporary wood and metal designs. Read on for an insight into Tony’s work.
Describe your “typical” working day or week
No such thing! I’m a plasterer in my day job but do any kind of building work. I do tend to get about a bit and am happy to work away from home. I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with some master craftsmen and have learned how to work with traditional methods and materials. Then of course there is the jewellery designing & making.
What material do you most enjoy working with?
Has to be wood. Has to be exotic hard woods. The colours can be just amazing. Growing up in the 70′s wood meant fake teak veneer, and wood was just brown. OK, I’ve got some browns too, but the red, purple, pink and black really contrast well with the silver and aluminium.
Which piece of equipment would you be helpless without?
A pencil/pen. Not simply for marking out, but my head always has 50 things whizzing around and if I come up with a design I need to sketch it before it’s completely lost!
Tell us about what inspires and motivates you
I guess working with wood – it should be nature but it’s not. I like nature, I’m happy to go for a walk in the woods or camping – but give me a town or city any time. I think people want the connection with the natural world you get from wood but not everyone likes the ethnic/tribal style that most wooden jewellery seem to have. I hope I’ve found a way to give people the natural connection in a more contemporary style. Keep it straight forward – 2-3 elements, simple lines, bold. I like simplicity, minimalism and order (which you’d never believe if you saw my work space/home!)
Tell us about one handmade item that you own and love
Until I joined Etsy I never appreciated handmade (shame on me, I know!) so I only own one piece, a bird skull pendant LostApostle (see above). This was one of the first shops I noticed and knew I’d have to have a piece one day. I’m pretty sure Mr Lost is an ex Brit. All other things I’ve bought have either been supplies or gifts, but I have been blown away by the quality of everything I’ve purchased.
What plans do you have for your shop in the future?
To expand into homewares and decor keeping the same 2-3 elements within simple designs. More jewellery – bracelets and rings. I think I’ll stop using the stones (they don’t seem to be very popular) and concentrate on wood and metal.
Thank you Tony! Great to know more about what goes into your unique work