Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Irene Wu-Lau - Dear Ms

Introducing jewelry designer Irene Wu-Lau, Dear Ms

1.) What do you enjoy most about having an Etsy shop?

The shop provides me an opportunity to do what I like best and be able to share with others who also enjoy handmade goods.

2.) How did you come up with your shop name?

The name of the store evolved from my secret desire to own a little boutique! I would love to own a shop that has hand made goods that all girls would love! And when people visit or purchase, I would send a note to that person to thank them for coming in and spending time! I would start the note as " Dear Ms....” The store would be small, pretty and intimate, which would give me a chance to meet more people and get to know them and find out what their likes and dislikes are! And of course... my dog Sam would be in the store and be the official greeter!

3.) What is your inspiration as an artist/designer?

My inspiration comes from my love of clean, classical and simple looks in everything from furniture, houses, clothes, etc. I find that I always gravitate towards simple looks and I try to keep my pieces like this. For my hand stamping items, I really am influenced by family and friends. I love that pieces can be worn and reflect people's personal words, their love for others and their individuality.

4.) Can you tell us a bit about your background as an artist/designer/crafter?
I started hand-stamping silver by accident. I purchased my first set of steel letters used through EBay and thought what the heck! I played around a lot trying to perfect the technique. After awhile, my girlfriends asked me to stamp pieces for gifts, weddings, etc and it then just took off! I self taught myself re: hand stamping, wire techniques, etc. I have no formal background in design, but I think I'm doing pretty well!

5.) Tell me a bit about your creative process.

My creative process is based on trial and error. I will think of an idea and will draw it out. If it looks pretty good, then I'll just do it! Since I am self-described perfectionist, I'll keep making changes until I'm happy. I'm influenced by things I see around me and what the current "hot" trends are. But, I really try to avoid being "trendy". I try to stick with what works and what looks good. If I make mistakes along the way, its just part of the creative process!

6.) What are your plans for the rest of the year?

Keep doing what works and figure out what else wor
ks well! I also want to challenge myself and think out of the box with some new pieces, but still keeping in line with clean and simple looks. We'll see what happens! I am also hoping to use my hand stamping techniques and pieces to benefit some animal charities. Since I rescued our first dog and adopted our second, I would like to give back to the agencies that helped me find the best dogs in the world! I have to do some research about how to facilitate this, but I am hoping to make this happen!

Visit Irene at A Spring Handmade Market this Saturday or on her Etsy shop

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