Saturday, November 6, 2010

Craft Riot Vendor: Adorn Modern

Lori Hooks
Adorn Modern on Facebook

Give a brief product description.
Handmade metal and gemstone jewelry. I have a lot of funky, rustic, oxidized one of a kind stuff. I also make simple, shimmery items that go with everything.

How did you get started?
I have always been interested in crafts. My aunt taught me how to make my own doll dresses, patterns and all when I was, like, five or six. I began making beaded jewelry after college, and really wanted to make my own components. I took a metal smithing class a couple of years ago, and I really just began working mostly with metal. I put it off for years, and then wondered what took me so long!

Where do you get your inspiration?
I enjoy visiting art museums to explore different styles of creativity, and looking in fashion magazines and online catalogs to see what's new out there. Mostly, I like to examine patterns and textures in the natural world, and just sort of play around with my hammers to see what happens.

Describe your workspace/workroom.
Usually, a mess! Seriously, when I began doing metal work, my husband kicked me out to the garage. Using torches and chemicals on the dining room table is not the best idea, not to mention the metal shavings and dangerous fumes. We have converted it to a cozy space with central air and heat, a workbench with a proper vent hood, a hammering stump, a sink, a craft table, and plenty of storage. I have also built a little light box for photos. I still have a corner workstation in my bedroom filled with gemstones and beads, as well. I love buying beads. I can't stop!

What has been your favorite winter holiday gift to make or receive?
Handmade scarves! I am always cold, and I love wrapping up. I would love to make them for my friends and family, but my knitting skills are seriously lacking. Actually, I get laughed at alot. I think a handmade scarf or wrap in a thoughtfully chosen color and material is a very personal gift.

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