Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #61, CobwebBridal
Esme of CobwebBridal creates alternative, unique and bespoke wedding accessories. In this week’s CraftBritannia Shop of the Week interview, she tells us more about her creative life.
Describe your “typical” working day or week
34 hours a day! I don’t have a ‘typical’ anything – comes with being a self-employed, entrepreneurial & creative person running two stores, directing a major festival and associated events, continuing my music career and my role as a Pagan Celebrant performing hand-fastings and similar events in the UK!
When you are not doing Etsy related things, what are you doing?
I’m also a musician and event organiser, so I spend most of my time working on creative projects of one form or another. I could be writing a new song, buying decorations for our next event, choreographing a dance routine, busking, or playing a live gig!
What was the first piece you ever sold?
My first commission was a fascinator for a wedding guest, created from Blue-lace Agate and Lapis-Lazuli gemstones – the Pearl Explosion design evolved from that piece.
What advice would you give someone taking up your craft for the first time?
Learn lots of different techniques, and how to adapt and apply them; that way you’ll always be original in creating your art. Then, when creating a bespoke piece for a client you’ll be able to suggest the most effective and aesthetic way to take the idea from their imagination into reality.
What material do you most enjoy working with?
Wire and beads; taking all these individual separate pieces and connecting them, shaping them & sculpting them into something new and whole and unique.
If you could try a new craft, what would it be?
Smelting! I would love to learn the craft of silversmithing, so I could create custom-shaped bases and mounts for my head-pieces/tiaras and get really inventive!
Which piece of equipment would you be helpless without?
Flat nosed pliers – hands down 🙂
Tell us about what inspires and motivates you
The gothic ‘subculture’- music, art and lifestyle plus nature, music, poetry, and overall concepts. My clients play a major part in motivating and inspiring me – it’s their ideas that I take on board, spark into life and develop to create their bespoke pieces.
Tell us about one handmade item that you own and love
I love my own bridal tiara- created with spring in mind, and matched with gorgeous daisies (you can see a pic in my shop’s about page) and the pirate bracelet that I made. If we’re talking about a piece from someone else that I love, then it’s my Glitter Kitty heart.
What plans do you have for your shop in the future?
I really enjoy getting commissions for bespoke pieces and working with brides to create the piece in their heads to wear on their special day. I’d love to receive more commissions and increase the amount of bespoke tiaras, bouquets, corsages, crowns, fascinators, jewellery, pins and accessories etc that I create. I would also love to extend the range of bridal accessories I offer to include veils, more floral work and centrepieces. I’d also like to do more concept-based collections and perhaps look into the customisation of garments, shoes, accessories and jewellery – but then I would need a second life!
Thank you Esme! Great to meet the woman behind your intricate designs.