Name: Rowan Grant
Location: Shipley, UK
Profession: University Administration
Craft(s) of Choice: Making jewellery and accessories
I grew up making stuff. My Grandma used to save toilet roll tubes for me and I’d turn them into families of toilet roll people. I spent a lot of time with Grandma; a Florist by trade and art-school trained, she had a chest full of crafting treasures. I think Mum was worried that Grandma got annoyed that I was using up all her materials. Grandma said she was just glad I had an interest and didn’t spend all day watching TV. So we painted pictures, knitted, crocheted, embroidered, decorated eggs, glued, cut, knotted…
I started dabbling with jewellery in 2005. I saw some earrings in a boutique made from scraps of ribbon. I was quite shocked; little imagination or skill had gone into them, and they were so expensive! Anyway, I was unemployed at the time. And skint. So I made some jewellery from bottle tops. I put them on Ebay and couldn’t believe it when they sold, and was even more delighted with feedback I received from the buyer who bought another 3 pieces! I experimented with using bits of toys, which is how I came up with my theme – childhood memories.
Skills and ideas develop over time, especially when you aren’t following traditional techniques. I endeavour to create something unique, and so I’m now working with wood, paper and resin… along with bits of toys I find! I know Grandma can see my success from heaven. I have so many childhood memories to thank her for.