Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #74, NanfanJewellery
This week’s CraftBritannia Shop of the Week is NanfanJewellery, where Nana sells her handmade, fairy tale inspired creations. Read on for insight into the woman behind this beautiful shop.
Describe your “typical” working day or week
I work full time as a freelance game designer, which is fun, but leaves me very little time for my jewellery. During the week I am forever catching up in my lunch hour with orders and listings. I try to keep at least one weekend day free for me to play in the studio. That usually means playing around with one specific technique or look that I have been mulling over in the week. I get distracted easily and often end up making something completely different, but I love that. Before the day is over I try to finish at least one piece and photograph it, so that I can list it during the week and maybe blog about it.
When you are not doing Etsy related things, what are you doing?
I play computer games – I like to say that it’s part of my job! So is making jewellery for myself to wear – I call them prototypes.
I love walking in nature especially with the beautiful colours on the trees now. I also play with my two rascal Bengal cats and make frequent trips to Denmark to see my family. My partner is from Cornwall so nearly all holidays are down there or in Copenhagen – could be worse 🙂 I also sing in a mad barbershop chorus. We have such good fun and are currently learning “Santa Baby” in four part harmony.
What advice would you give someone taking up your craft for the first time?
I’d say go for it. There is such a pleasure in making small beautiful things. Beware of the stash growing, and – if you plan to sell – learn how to photograph to do your creations justice (still working on that one myself)
What material do you most enjoy working with?
I love shaping copper and silver; making rings are my favourite. They are hard to get right – particularly the size. It’s very satisfying to bend something so hard to my will and making it look soft and organic.
If you could try a new craft, what would it be?
I had a go at pottery long ago, and would love to have room and time to give it a go. And painting, and glass blowing, and wood carving, and crocheting…
Which piece of equipment would you be helpless without?
My ring mandrel. How would I ever make round rings to the right size without it? My tumbler is a life saver too, saving me so much polishing time. My partner made me one from wood and recycled printer parts, but I wore it out in no time.
Tell us about one handmade item that you own and love
I’ve got a little cup made by Julia Smith which I absolutely adore. It sits perfectly in my hand, it’s colours are green and mint and the decoration is a bird nested in vines and lots of leaves. Love it!
Tell us about what inspires and motivates you
Ooh, nature of course for the organic shapes and the sand, brown, amber and green colours. Fairy tales and legends help me get ideas about what a princess or an elf might wear for adornment. Where else but in fantasy films can a girl wear a tiara one meter high or 50 bracelets on each arm and look like she fits in perfectly?!
What plans do you have for your shop in the future?
I’d very much like my jewellery to be my main income within a few years. Making games is fun, but I love the autonomy of having my own business and having complete creative control of what I make. I’ll keep investing all the time I can spare and hopefully I can eventually quit my day job. What will I make? More of the same. I like how my style develops and takes odd turns without my planning it. It’s a wonderful journey.
Thank you Nana for a great interview! Lots of luck for the future with your beautiful work! Please take a look at Nana’s social media: