Meet the Maker | Blua Pencil Jewels

Meet The Maker | Blua Pencil Jewels

Meet Anna, the owner of Blua Pencil Jewels, who creates incredibly unique jewelry made from Colored Pencils…yes you read that right, colored pencils! This is something I’ve never seen done before so I had to know more about it and share it with everyone else!

Check out her interview below to find out more about Anna, her shop and the process for creating her handmade treasures.

Meet the Maker | Blua Pencil Jewels

Tell me a little about yourself and how you came to start your shop.

I’m Anna, the owner of Blua Pencil Jewels. I’m 27 years old and I live with my boyfriend and our dog in a little county near Ferrara, Italy. I’m a simple girl that like read,draw and loves colors. I love my family and I have to thank my parents for my start in creating my jewels.
It all started when my father had a clothes shop for men, where there were : Ferrè, Pierre Cardin and Missoni. When i was I child my parents take me with them into the shop. I remember staying in the shop while playing and daydreaming about the wonderful textures of the clothes. There were many belts and shirts, but favorite was looking at the bathrobe of Missoni. Missoni’s perfect combinations of colors marked my life. I’m also stationery obsessed so I love paper, books and pencils, this combined with my passion of colors, gave birth to my shop.

How did you decide what to sell in your shop?

I started in 2011 when I found the famous Spanish bags made with candy paper, so I created them but it wasn’t the right material. In 2012 I thought : ” Why i don’t use pencils?’ I tried it and it worked, so I continued to learn more techniques without the use of machinery, only sand paper and old tools for carpentry.
Meet The Maker | Blua Pencil Jewels

How did you come up with the name for your shop?

I choose the name Blua because I love the color blue. It is a constant in my life and I really feel it in its meaning.
The result is BLU+A , BLU+ANNA : that’s me ; that’s me,with all of my character you can see in blue meanings, in my creations .

Where do you draw inspiration from?

My inspiration came from Art,Nature and Fashion . Art because i like what shades of colors artist choose,fashion because i cut pages from fashion magazine when i see something i like,and Nature because she gives to us flowers and creatures that have wonderful colors in them.

Meet The Maker | Blua Pencil Jewels

When you aren’t creating, what do you like to do?

When I’m not creating I love gardening and  taking care of the flowers. I love to go out with our dog and photograph landscape and animals. When I have some time I like to read (I’m a LOTR fan) and I love drawing. When I’m not creating, I still notice and take notes about colors I see everyday to inspire my creations.

What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever created?

My favorite piece is a pendant done in the 2016, to create it I took inspiration from my favorite artist : Van Gogh and his Starry Night masterpiece. Another piece that I love is a pendant inspired by Klimt.
Meet The Maker | Blua Pencil Jewels

Any tips or advice for those looking to start their handmade business?

If you decide to start a shop, look into your heart and yourself for what you’d like to create. It can be hard to price your treasures when you put a piece of your heart and soul into it, but don’t undervalue what you have to offer.  I would recommend not opening a shop based on fashion or Instagram trends, start it based on your passion and what speaks to you. Try to specialize in something unique that nobody else offers.

A shop creator like me, and most Etsy owners are not only artisans but we’re photographers, marketers, customer service, designers and more. I have personally studied and learned a lot of Art (like the art of selling , art of photograph and all the techniques that you need to create) so arm yourself with knowledge and  patience. With so much competition you need to be unique.

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