With a new blog name (She’s So Eco), a new blog aesthetic, and many new Eco-adventures on the horizon for 2014, I’ve decided to expand my blog to include inspiring Eco jewellery and fashion along with my first blogging love, beauty.
The inspiration to create posts about standout Eco-jewellery was derived from Natalie Gait, the artisan jewellery designer behind the brand new indie line PiN. (Click here to follow on Facebook.) Natalie crafts stunning, unique earrings by hand in her home. She’s actually been making them since 2006, but only recently did she branch outside of making them for herself and morph into an artisan vendor. Funny story- Natalie and I went to high school together in Cambridge, Ontario (where Natalie sets up shop and hangs her hat to this day), and when we recently connected on Facebook after more years than I care to count, I was stunned to see her original earrings. Natalie had always been one of those girls you just knew would end up doing something totally cool, with her beauty, brains and evident spunk, but I had no idea she had this in her!
I’m all about supporting independent artisans as often as possible. I think that when you know who you’re buying from, and are helping one person feed their family, pay their mortgage or send their kids to college, there is just something so raw and organic about that, something way more unique and special than buying from a huge corporation. Plus, every woman is one of a kind, so why shouldn’t she celebrate that with one of a kind jewellery that NO ONE else will have?
So, without further ado, I present to you the most fitting introduction I can think of to my jewellery coverage; Natalie Gait and her beautiful brainchild PiN.
To start off, here are some photos of Natalie’s one-of-a-kind, handmade earrings. These are made from pins and other found materials, as well as upcyled jewellery and parts. Currently the line consists of earrings, but Natalie plans to expand as she goes!
Aren’t they so beautiful, so wearable and just plain amazing? Please find PiN on Facebook here to spread the love and reach out for more information.
Here’s a little Q&A with Natalie, so you can get inside the artist’s mind. I always love learning about what makes people tick and what inspires them, so I wanted to bring you some words straight from the artist herself.
What inspired you to begin making earrings and what made you decide to create your own line?I was inspired by my never ending quest to be frugal. I’ve never liked the idea of paying an over the top price for something that I know I could make for myself with some effort and creativity. I began with making earring for for myself years ago. It always seemed to me that there wasn’t that perfect mix earring, the one you put on in the morning and wear with your jeans, then change into evening wear, but the earrings stay. Versatility is really important to me, so that was the fuel. The “fire” came recently, as it was a friend’s birthday and I had no idea what to get for her… i’ve always been of the mindset, “when in doubt, make something”, so I made her a pair of earrings wrapped in a small origami box. They were an INSTANT hit at the party and I was asked my numerous women to produce more… so I did… and PiN began.
What makes PiN Eco friendly?I hate the idea of wasting. Nothing is discarded and many of my pieces include the remnants of “left overs” from older pieces. If a pin gets cut for one piece, the other half is saved for future projects. I also reuse old jewelry. If I have a necklace or a bracelet that’s been loved too much, or too little, I disassemble and recreate.The actual company is named PiN because I started making jewellery strictly from materials I had laying around the house. I have numerous straight pins because I am in Visual Merchandising and Window display. It only made sense to use the things I had if I was to be as frugal as I wanted.
Why is PiN different?Pin is a line that speaks to all of us. It’s fresh, it’s fun, and it reaches a multi-faceted audience. I believe women feel the need to look certain ways at certain times. Dressed up for a fancy dinner out, dressed down for errands and groceries. We forget so easily those moments when we were young and felt everyday should be dress-up with sparkles and glam. My line is able to transcend the everyday and give every woman that feeling that she’s special… because she is!
What do you love most about creating jewellery? I love that nothing is the same. Each piece stands on it own and is derived from my imagination. There are no boundaries to what I create, and certainly not for when. I often wake up at 3 a.m. with a new idea. It’s a little annoying sometimes, but i’m grateful nonetheless. Most of all, I love the look on my customer’s faces when they see that perfect pair that speaks to them, that sparkle in their eye gets me every time.