Maker Profiles: Meet the Fashionista Commuter (and wire jewelry maker) Ana Gonzales
We met Ana a few months ago when she attended Junk Studio’s Resin Casting Workshop, and noticed she had a knack for making wire jewelry settings. She was also very generous with her knowledge, willingly teaching her fellow classmates her wire manipulation techniques. Ever since then, we’ve been wanting to have her do a Wire Jewelry session with us, and we’re so excited it’s finally happening! Do check out her workshop details here. Slots for this month’s session are limited, so do register to get your space right away!
How long have you been crafting? What got you started?
Ever since I was a kid, I got into creating things out of materials at home that I can recycle. I look up art projects in those kiddie simple science experiments books my parents got us! I got into making anklets and sell them to my classmates in high school, and then I even ventured into tie dyeing sandos and sewing beads in flipflops in college. I was in a very supportive and appreciative environment, I feel that I am lucky to have very loving friends and family that pushed me to continue with this profit-generating passion.
What’s your favorite medium? Why?
I guess i have a bias na with wires! My online shop @ShopAnagon did well when I focused on just this medium!
Tell us about your favorite projects.
I try out a lot of crafting projects like rubber stamp making, resin, water color, leather, and even brass and polymer clay. My favorite project most prob is when I create something that I can wear and instantly showcase through my outfit– since I am also into fashion.
What’s the one crafting skill you’ve always wanted to master/learn?
What are you currently working on?
Scrapbooking – old school documentation using Instax photos of my recent US trip!
What’s your dream project?
A wall art in a place where more people can see the project. 🙂
What have you done to make it happen so far?
I started with my room, hehe.
Aside from crafting what else do you do?
I am also a fashion blogger, a high school club moderator, an online seller, and I also organize a biannual bazaar. I am also a beginners bikram yoga student!;p
How does creativity influence the other areas in your life?
In terms of my clothing and styling, I tend to not fear trying out something new and make mistakes along the way. To craft for me is to be fearless. Just start on a project even though it looks tough or unimaginable.
Any advice for other aspiring crafters?
Get inspiration not only from other crafts– but everywhere! Absorb everything, and then after that when you’re in front of your crafts table… Forget all these and just do your thing!:)
What do you do to beat a ‘creative block’?
I stop, give myself a break. Drink in a coffee shop, and then I expose myself to creative and inspiring things.
Give us 3 crafting essentials you must have in your toolbox at all times.
Plies, double sided tape, scissors!;p
Why should people get their hands busy (and start crafting)?
Crafting is not only therapeutic, it also brings the kid in you that is fun, experimental and creative!
Also, I can’t sing or dance to save my life and leave a hit pop song in this world when I pass away– so i feel that my crafts can be my permanent mark for future generation to learn from about our times! Haha!
Where can we find your work?
Visit @shopanagon @anagon and my blog anagonzales.com!:)