My Story, by Metamorphic Charm & A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

A Silversmith &  A Paper-cut Artist

Here is the story behind 2 relatively new stall holders
one working as a Silversmith, Nikola from ‘Metamorphic Charm’ & the other a paper-cut artist, David from ‘A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words’.

Take a look and see their images, click links to visit their pages to contact them or view their shops.

Where it began:
A picture is worth a thousand words, MyArtisanMarkets 1My wife gave birth to our beautiful daughter in January 2015 and after many hints of needing to give her a gift after labour, I set about making one instead! I’ve always been arty and have a Masters in Animation but decided to try something different! When she put a picture of the frame up on Facebook, it got so many likes and comments from people saying how it was so original, thoughtful, and beautiful, I started getting requests from friends and family to do one as a gift for various occasions!

Where I work
I work at home in a corner of the our dining room that I have taken over with all my bits or sometimes I try and sneak on a computer during a quiet moment at work! Luckily I don’t need much equipment just my computer and my silhouette cutter! But our dining room sometimes ends up looking like a frame shop, a chaotic messy shop my wife would probably say!

Work in Progress
I am currently working on two new designs along with orders for my usual frames. One is to celebrate a 25th wedding anniversary and the other is for an order from Australia for a wedding!

A picture is worth a thousand words, MyArtisanMarkets1Favourite piece to make/my best seller.
I don’t think I have a favourite to make as such, as I do so many different ones and a lot of them are personal, I suppose the best thing would to actually be there when they are gifted and to see the smiles on people’s faces! The backgrounds of my silhouette images are filled with themed words from the dictionary depicting the image, and often I get requests to put in special words. That’s the best bit… people are happy when they get the frame, but when they look closer and see all the little details and the words specifically chosen for them from their loved one that’s the moment to savour!

A picture is worth a thousand words, MyArtisanMarkets 2Wedding frames are usually a great seller though and my scrabble travel themed frames are also very popular! They remind me of my backpacking days! My favourite on display on the market stall has to be this one though… I love seeing the reaction it gets! Seems there’s some grumpy men out there!!

My stall & favourite markets.
Stall, A picture is worth a thousand words, MyArtisanMarkets I guest at various markets as my wife works weekends and we have our hands full with two little ones we can’t commit to regular markets but can be seen around Manchester and Cheshire! I always update my Twitter and Facebook as to where you can find me! I’ll next be at Levenshulme 23rd Septmber, Bollington and some Makers Markets in the city.

 

Metamorphic Charm: Working full-time as a Graphic Designer, I wanted to find Metamorphic Charm, MyArtisanMarkets 1another creative outlet away from the computer. I started Silversmith evening classes with Susan Hill around 3 years ago now, and after the very first class I was hooked! Since then, I have been to numerous classes around the UK, whilst developing my own work at home, setting up my own little workshop complete with workbench, peg board and naturally dog bed for my little dachshund! I started taking part in makers markets in November 2016, launching the website around the same time.

The first ever piece I created was a silver stacking ring in an introductory class. It was so satisfying having something fun to make and so pretty to take away at the end of it.

Favourite piece & best seller?
Metamorphic Charm, MyArtisanMarkets 3I’d say that my favourite piece to make is my Calla Lily earrings.  They’re new, so not available online yet, but I love creating the fluted shape. My best seller is my Mobius ring (the twisted band) it’s quirky whilst still classy, and practical to wear all the time.

The best markets I’ve taken part in so far have been the Metamorphic Charm, MyArtisanMarkets StallFabulous Places and Makers Markets events. They’re well organised, properly advertised and have a fantastic turnout!  

At the moment, I’m working on a number of commissions, including bespoke husband and wife matching wedding bands for an anniversary, along with preparing stock for many upcoming shows – a very busy but exciting time of year!

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Metamorphic Charm

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