QB Artist Profile: A Tea Leaf
by Makenna O'Keeffe on 13 February, 2016
Alissa Thiele: Ever since I can remember, I've been into drawing and art. My mom was super crafty, so I think that's been instilled in me from the womb. Probably like a lot of kids, in junior high and high school I started seeing clothes and jewelry as a way to express myself. When Etsy launched in mid-2000's it opened my eyes to the fact that jewelry could be handmade by people and not just bought in a big box store. It dawned on me that I could turn my drawings into wearable art! So my first foray into jewelry making was creating pendant necklaces that displayed my original illustrations.
QB: You went to college for graphic design! We'd love to know how you feel that influences your jewelry and art?
AT: Yep, I went to college in the Midwest where I graduated with a graphic design degree. That gave me a great understanding of how colors and shapes can all work together to create different moods and a cohesive whole. It helped me take my drawing skills to the next level too, by layering and altering sketches in programs like Photoshop & Illustrator. Not to mentioned, it sparked my interest in patterns and logo design. I still use a lot of those graphic design skills in my work: from creating my packaging and website design to making greeting cards and postcards.
AT: My favorite part is the creating process. I love sifting through my vintage bead collection to make a pair of earrings. Giving them a new, modern life. And I love the repetition of creating necklaces and earrings over and over. It's meditative.
AT: I've been working on some statement necklaces that incorporate all vintage beads and putting a modern spin on it. I'm loving mixing these vintage patterns and textures.
AT: I'm in love with the Rebecca Pearcy Textiles line. 'Poppy', 'Sprout', and 'Give & Take' are such vibrant, bold patterns! They feel like a touch of summertime for our gray winters.
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