Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Interview - Miss Genki

Interview with the lovely Tanaz of Miss Genki!

Q. Please tell us a little about your self and Miss Genki:/Q. What made you start making jewellery?

My name is Tanaz and my life has always lacked creative energy. I have been learning jewellery making and always know trends. I just Love it. It just never occurred to me to actually start my own Jewellery so I did. I just think you should follow your heart and just do what makes you happy. OK here is a little more about me: I lived half my life in Iran, the other half in Cardiff Wales. Then one day I realised how I needed more and I should experience one other culture. I have always had a love for Japan. But I was too scared to go alone, in the end I believe Japan chose me as the job as an English teacher came my way and before I knew it I was in training and getting ready. The second I got on the plane it hit me I was going to Japan and it was scary, but mostly exciting. It was the best think i ever did. Took the chance to the pursuit of happiness and I know myself much more because of it. It was there that I discovered my love for Japanese fashion and there the seed of the idea for Miss Genki was planted.

Miss Genki is based on the wacky, fun, cute and uniqueness of Japanese fashion. It was so inspiring to see people dress in what made them happy and it was all so much fun. I felt free. So I wanted to share that with others. As well as wanting my ideas and my creativity to be seen. For the first time in my life I was doing things based on what made ME happy and not all the things I was always meant to be. I feel free and happy when I am buying new items looking for new idea and just everything to do with Miss Genki. This is why I named it Miss Genki, which reflects all this. Genki means happy, joyful, being OK and the word Genki itself is the exact way I felt. I truly know what Genki means now and before Japan I was never truly happy. So you could say I have finally found myself and let myself feel the good things in life. Life is too short and what counts is how happy you are and seeing all the good you are blessed with not concentrating on the bad or things you are not give.

Q. Where in the world are you based?
I live in Cardiff, Wales.

Q. What are your favourite pieces to make?
My favourite pieces at the moment are Owls and recently have elephant necklaces too. I don't know why but absolutely love Owls, they are just so pretty. I also love "Love" necklaces and earrings. Anything that's romantic based, even red lips (which I have recently got). Oh the romantic stuff does not at all reflect my own life. I just think Loving yourself first before anyone else is most important. There are a lot I don't like about myself, but think as women we are too quick to judge ourselves. I do it all the time myself mainly how i have gained weight or how i want to be back to my smaller size. I just like to have something that reminds me of who I am and that I like myself regardless of all the other things I think I should be. Its a nice feeling.

Q. What are your best sellers?
I think the owl necklaces have been most popular and the camera. I guess because they are different and they are things you can't find most places. Most of my items are quite popular as they are all quite unique.

Q. Do you wear your jewellery yourself?
Yes. I buy what I like. My favourite pieces at the moment are Owl and elephants. I absolutely love owls not sure why as they do seem creepy, but in jewellery I like their roundness and big eyes.
I have this one owl that I adore and don't wanna part with it. I know the whole idea is to sell it but I just love most things so always have an extra for myself because once I don't I remember how pretty it was and wish I had one for me, lol.

Q. Who or what is your inspiration?
My main inspiration is Tokyo's fashion scene. I just notice everyday things and as I buy from all kinds of places, I just go through pictures and buy what I like. I just think what would I like to wear to make me happy or put a smile on my face. I love pearls, but also like anything funky and fun. I just think fashion should be fun. As we grow up we just seem to forget how to have fun, so we have to do so in most things we do. In what we wear (I don't mean looking silly, just to dress for ourselves), what we do and surround ourselves with good vibes.

Q. Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years time?
This is more of of a fantasy, but my big dream would be for Miss Genki to be a brand and to sell in big shops under my own name. Then as my biggest inspiration has been Tokyo would like to have a little boutique either in Harajuku (which has the funkiest boutiques) or in the most famous department store in Shibuya called 109. These were places I would shop at and I think if I ever make it that far, I know I have done something very right. As for me I see myself in 5years making/selling jewellery as a full-time career and being more creative with my life. Hopefully also have time to take breaks and not be how I am now which is work full time and Miss Genki in all the free time I get.

You can find Miss. Genki on Facebook
And http://www.missgenki.com/ will be coming soon!

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Interview - Kokokelli

Dotted with hearts interview Kelly of Kokokelli :-)

Q. Please tell us a little about yourself and Kokokelli

My name is Kelly 'Womble' Johnson and I'm 29 years old. Kokokelli is my crafting name and I started making handmade jewellery & greeting cards in January 2010.

Q. Where in the world are you based?

I'm from Oldbury in the West Midlands (not far from Birmingham/Dudley/West Bromwich/Smethwick)

Q. What made you get into jewellery and card making?

I've always been very arty farty and praised highly for my creative talents. I saw some jewellery that a friend had made at a jewellery workshop run at the Birmingham Bead Shop (http://www.thebirminghambeadshop.co.uk/) and just thought to myself "yeah I could do that!" so I bought a small starter kit with the tools and findings off eBay and it went from there really. I used my best friend as a kind of guinea pig as it was her birthday the end of January lol so I made her a handmade birthday card and made her a necklace, bracelet & earring set which she absolutely loved!!

Q. What are your most popular items?

I don't really have any 'best sellers' so to speak but I seem to sell more bracelets more than anything at the moment as they are reasonably priced and different from those you see in the shops (as is everything else I make)

Q.What do you enjoy making the most?

I absolutely love making custom orders for people as each one is unique and one of a kind! It's also a challenge and I love a good challenge! Especially when there's certain things you need to find for a certain piece. I've done some lovely jewellery sets, badge bracelets and a beautiful wedding card which was just a masterpiece in my eyes! lol

Q. Who or what is your inspiration?

I get asked this question quite a bit lol I get my inspiration from many things I guess, stuff I like, stuff I've grown up with, people I've known, I even run ideas past my mom sometimes lol. They'll be days when something will just pop in my head or I'll be out and about and I'll see something and it'll just trigger off a huge light bulb in my head lol.

Q. Where would you like to see yourself in five years time?

I would love nothing more than to have my own proper business from home doing what I do best and making lots of money from it lol (who wouldn't) plus that way I'd be able to start the family I've always wanted and still work at the same time.

Q. What are you doing for Halloween?

To be honest I don't really do the whole Halloween thing anymore. We went trick or treating a couple of times as kids but that's about it. It's not really the same as it used to be now especially round here, sometimes you're scared to answer the door when you've got masked hoodies banging who are only after your money anyway! It may change when I have kids and it would be nice to take them trick or treating while they're young so they can have some fun, we'll just have to wait and see lol.

Kokokelli Shop - http://www.folksy.com/shops/Kokokelli

Friday, 24 September 2010

Sutton Vintage Fair

Sutton Vintage fair will be held on Sunday the 17th of October at Sutton Coldfield near Birmingham.
This fair is aiming to offer a great mix of Vintage, reworked homewares whilst highlighting local Brummy based Crafters & Artists.

For more info on what you will find there you can visit the Sutton Vintage Fair page on Facebook, just click HERE.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Interview - Funki Munki Badges

Dotted With Hearts interviewed Leah
of Funki Muki Badges

Q. Please tell us a little about your self and Funki Munki Badges

Hi, I'm Leah, I'm 36 and I created Funki Munki badges in 2008 along with my fella James. It came about because I needed a creative outlet after having to give up work in early 2008 due to an as-yet undiagnosed autoimmune disease.

Q. Where in the world are you based?

Hastings in East Sussex. I love living here. There's a vibrant alternative scene and I love living by the sea.

Q. What made you start making your own badges?
I've always loved dinky badges and I always had slogan or picture badges on various different bags, and being a typical woman, I have a lot of bags! After I became ill I had the idea of buying ready-made badges in bulk to sell on eBay, but I soon had customers asking me for custom badges. After a quick discussion between ourselves, we decided to start up making our own. It's been a real progression of trial and error, various different printers and a constantly evolving overall standard, so all in all we're very excited about the future.

Q. How do you come up with ideas for your slogans and images?
Everything in life inspires me. It might be a colour I see, a shape, or something a friend says that makes my mind ping off on a tangent. It's like word association, or a never-ending brain-storming session. I have little writing pads everywhere as I never know when an idea will strike. A lot of times I'm in bed and my brain will spew out a few ideas, so I jot them down in my phone so I don't wake James up with my restless tossing and turning. I've always been an 'ideas person' and I'm really glad I found an outlet or else I think I'd go barmy.

Q. What are your most popular designs?
Our Pac Man and Ghost badges sell like hotcakes, as do a lot of the ruder or cheekier slogan badges. My favourite time of the year by far is Halloween, and we sell a lot more badges in this quarter of the year because of Halloween and Christmas. I'm a big kid over Halloween and Christmas so I absolutely LOVE making these badges even more than usual. It's genuinely a labour of love for me, and I credit my sanity to it.

Q. Who or what is your inspiration?
In life I'm inspired by strong women. I come from a family of women who are as tough as old boots because they've had to be yet manage to still have a kind word for everyone and a twinkle in their eye. Maya Angelou and Tairrie B from My Ruin are a couple of my sheroes... and there we go, I think I've just unintentionally come up with another slogan! (You're my shero!) I have such a love for strong women that I have a couple of large tattoos of women - a half-sleeve, bio-mechanical Giger-esque woman on my left arm, and a manga style Lady Luck on my back.

Q. Where would you like to see yourself in five years time?
I'd like to see us expand to making all sizes of badges, as well as mouse mats, mugs, key rings, magnets, bottle openers, you name it! I also want to get together with other local craftsters to perhaps share a small local space, and support the hand made industry as a whole, by buying handmade as much as possible myself, and publicising the crafts of others. On a personal level I hope to beat this illness, or at least manage it enough for me to become a mum.

Twitter is @funkimunkibadge

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Interview - Crafty Chics

Dotted with Hearts got to interview the lovely Charlie of Crafty Chics.

Q. Please tell us a little about yourself and Crafty Chics

My name is Charlie I’m married to Mr Smith and have 3 quite fabulous kids, Tyler, Macy Mai, and our latest Big Ron … Pre children I studied fashion promotion and graphic design and have always had a passion for fashion and accessories. Being a Mummy meant I could give up full time work and concentrate on making a lovely home and lovely things. My most favoured treasures in the world are my family and friends, and my LV bag. I love vintage lace and Sunday morning car booting followed by lunch at Nana's.

Crafty Chics was created out of the love of all things vintage, I hope you will find a unique selection of accessories made from some gorgeous new materials as well as some very unique vintage pieces. Some beautiful flowery Headbands, Tiaras, Hair Combs and Bobby Pins perfect for any occasion, from everyday wear through to Mother of the bride.
Plus some beautifully handmade Shoulder Pads, perfect to dress up any outfit, some fantastic shoe clips to vamp up a pair of shoes or flip flops, and some very individual rings and brooches. I work alot on individual customers requirements.

Q. Where in the world are you based?

I am based in Leigh On Sea in Essex, it is a beautiful area of the world to live.

Q. What made you get into crafting?

In my teens I started making jewellery for myself and friends, mainly through the desire to have items that were individual. Probably like many other crafters and designers I have dabbled in lots of crafts including card making and home wares over the years. But my heart has always been in accessories.

Q. What your most favourite things to make?

That's a hard one I love making the shoulder accessories, I love the time I spend making them and that each one is unique in its own way. But give me a piece of lace and some ribbon and I'll happily make anything.

Q. What are your most popular items?

I would say the elasticated headbands are very popular, whether it be with a single ribbon flower or a headband with a cluster of lace flowers. They are so versatile and different flowers and colouring can change them from something to throw on with jeans and a shirt to something to wear for a night out.

Q. Who or what is your inspiration?

I get my inspiration from all manor of places. I love looking out for new trends from the catwalk, but I also take inspiration from my surroundings and nature. Sometimes just looking at a pile of ribbon and lace together on my table can be enough to come up with a new design.

Q. Where would you like to see yourself in five years time?

Crafty Chics is still very new and I am keen to let it grow naturally, and have fun along the way. I have recently started selling through boutiques locally here in Leigh On Sea, so I am keen to expand on that. Probably every designers dream is to own their own boutique which I would obviously love. I would say though in five years times I would just like to see myself happily creating accessories with happy customer x
You can find Crafty Chicks on Facebook www.facebook.com/craftychics or you can visit the website at http://www.craftychics.weebly.com/

Photos by Bump Baby and Beyond Photgraphy http://www.facebook.com/bumpbabybeyondphotography

Monday, 20 September 2010

Dotted With Hearts Website

Dotted With Hearts now has a website
Please leave a comment on our main page telling us what you think of our blog :)
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Saturday, 18 September 2010

Interview - CandyDoll Couture

Dotted with Hearts got to interview the very talented Emma of
Candy Doll Couture!

Q. Tell us a little about yourself and CandyDoll Couture

Hi! I'm Emma, owner of CandyDoll Couture. I am 23 years old and love anything Kawaii! I have always had an interest in arts and crafts ever since I was a little girl and decided to study Art and Design at college. I then went onto studying Textiles which is where I found my love for sewing and print! When I was 17 I started buying in band t-shirts and reconstructing them into cute dresses and tops with contrasting fabrics. I then moved onto Jewellery making. I found out about Fimo (Polymer clay) and discovered all the amazing things you could do with it which is where I began to come up with quirky, colourful charms and pendants.
I started CandyDoll Couture officially in 2008 on Etsy.com. I felt there was a gap in the market in the UK for Kawaii and Lolita jewellery and decided to come up with pieces that were inspired from childhood characters such as Hello Kitty and Barbie. I then started sourcing charms from Japan and China, mixing these with kitsch and handmade charms made by me. In 2009 I decided to leave Etsy and set up my dot com. Etsy is a great place to showcase your creations and find unique items but I felt that I wanted to take my business further and be in complete control of my website.

Q. Where in the world are you based?

I live in the North East of England, dreaming of one day moving to New York!

Q. What made you get into crafting?

My grandmother is a knitter and seamstress so I was brought up with the crafts. I used to sit with her and make plush toys and miniature clothes for my Barbies. I also loved drawing and would constantly make cards for my family members! Then, when I was at college I had the best Art tutor. She always encouraged me to push the boundaries and try new things. She really helped me to discover what it was I really wanted to do.

Q. What are your favourite items to make? Do you make custom pieces?

My favourite items to make are the fimo food such as the Marshmallow charm bracelet and glittery Cupcake bracelets. I also love making little purses, which I have recently started adding to the site! I plan to make some make-up bags and Ipod cases also.

Q. What are your most popular items?

The rainbow and clouds kawaii felt brooch is very popular, along with the dead bunny phone charm. My cute greetings cards are also popular at craft fairs!

Q. Do you wear your pieces yourself?

I do. I tend to make things and then decide I must keep this one, and that one, as I love them so much! I normally wear my hair clips and bracelets.

Q. Who or what is your inspiration?

Japanese street fashion is my main inspiration. I love all the different styles such as Decora, Lolita, Visual Kei etc. I love the FRUiTS books by Shoichi Aoki and also the Gothic and Lolita Bibles. My favourite designers are Betsey Johnson and Tarina Tarantino. I also love Doe Deere (aka LimeCrime) and Shrinkle too!

Q. Do you have any advice or tips for anyone else thinking about selling there own crafts?

All I would say is just to follow your heart and do what you love. The best thing to do as well if you are selling your crafts online is to build up a network and promote, promote, promote your wares! Carry your business cards with you everywhere, you never know who you might meet!

Q. Where would you like to see yourself in five years time?

I would love to eventually sell my screen printed fabric and t-shirts, stock my items in various boutiques and open my own bricks and mortar shop!

You can find Candy Doll Couture on the following sites...

Friday, 17 September 2010

Interview - Handsome and Lace

Dotted with Hearts interviewed Handsome&Lace!

Q. Tell us a little about yourself and Handsome & Lace:

Handsome&Lace started with the reconstruction of ties. I have always loved neck ties so to reconstruct them into beautiful things for women makes me feel productive and excited! I have made things such as hairbands, necklaces, earrings and more all from preserved ties! I have been dabbling in some other upcycled accessories... all with a very classic feel to them. My favourite era's are the 30's and 40's and tend to bring these elements into my designs.

Q. Where in the world are you based?
I'm based out of my home in Toronto, ON. Canada has shown me some really universal styles that make it very easy for me to create very unique things without being frowned upon. There are so many talented people in this city so you have to be on top of your game or you will end up blending in. That challenge for me is a great one! It keeps me innovative and on my toes at all times.

Q. What made you get into crafting?

I have always been creative and was nurtured as a kid by my mom's side of the family...They are all neurotic but creative. It kind of goes hand in hand.lol I started redesigning neck ties in 2007 and still find new ways to reconstruct them!; ) I have so many ties in my home that they take up about 30% of the space in here! It's very exciting to look at them every day. Very motivating...I can tell these ties are not happy as ties and make promises to get to all of them eventually.

Q. What are your favourite items to make? Do you make custom pieces?

I LOVE making hairbands in particular...I started with hairbands as one of my first accessory projects. I ended up selling 10 the day after making a few and knew that I had a market. Something about a good hairband really makes someone stand out as confident and for the most part you have to be when wearing Handsome&Lace. It is one of my personal missions to help women gain confidence in any way I can. I also LOVE challenges so custom orders are my pride and joy. I recently just make 10 velvet bowties for a woman's wedding and she loved them! There is always that worry that they get rejected.lol

Q. What are your most popular items?

Hairbands are number #1 with Handsome&Lace right now. I would love to be the IT place to shop for hairbands...eventually...I also get a lot of sales on my tiny tie earrings which I haven't made in a few months...I guess I should get on that! I also see that my newly designed guitar straps are becoming very popular with bands! Tokyo Police Club and Oh No Oh My have been known to wear Handsome&Lace reversible guitar straps..also made from neck ties!

Q. Do you wear your pieces yourself?

ALWAYS! I wouldn't sell something if I didn't love it myself. My hope is to stay true to the uniqueness and quality of my pieces while keeping them true Handsome&Lace originals. I also feel super cute when wearing my designs. Why not feel good when you can, right?

Q. Who or what is your inspiration?

Silverscreen movies play a HUGE role in my designs. I love the strong black and white ensembles that say 'classy'. I actually came up with my collar necklaces from watching The Three Stooges...I love this show plus love manipulating what the stooges are wearing by coming up with the feminine version for modern times is really fun!

Q. Where would you like to see yourself in five years time? I'd love to have my own little boutiue, and sell all around the world. I don't need to be rich or wealthy. Just a leader in unique accessories : )

Please add any links you would like included :-)

Website: http://handsomeandlace.ca/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/HandsomeAndLace?ref=ts
Handmade Gift Guide: http://www.thehandmadegiftguide.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/HandsmAndLace
Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/HandsomeAndLace

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Interview - Silk Seduction

Dotted with Hearts interview the multi talented Burlesque artist & pin-up model, Silk Seduction!

Q. Greetings Silk Seduction, please tell us who you are and what you do?

Hello there, my name is Silk Seduction and I am a Burlesque Artist and Pin-Up Model. I originally trained as a classical ballerina at Liverpool Theatre School and am also trained in Musical Theatre, Commercial Dance, Classical Acting and Opera. My circumstances changed and I completed a BA (Hons) Event Management which I am following with an MA Public Relations due to start in October. Career wise I had completely changed path but my passion for dance remained. I found a Burlesque school called the Fantasy Showgirl Academy lead by Miss Fan-Teasy and the rest as they say is history. I am about to graduate and be unleashed into the big wide world of Burlesque, with a tour of our very successful show 'Rocky Horror with a Teasy Twist' about to commence, and several modelling assignments planned, life is very exciting right now :).

Q. Where in the world are you based?

I am based in the sunny seaside town of Bournemouth.

Q. What made you get into the modeling and burlesque scene?

I have always danced, my mum claims I used to steal her scarves and danced before I could walk. But I like many dance professionals completely lost my confidence and vowed to leave dance as a sad memory. I found the Fantasy Showgirl Academy by accident and am so glad I did. It restored my confidence and even persuaded me to revisit the stage, now the girls can't keep my away! I am sponsored by the amazing Tassels and Trinkets and my next show is 'Freak 'n' Tease' at The Winchester, Bournemouth.

In terms of modelling, it is something that preceded my discovery of Burlesque but had never really taken off. I had done a nude photo shoot for a photographer friend, and a couple of burlesque themed photos hoots for a local photographer, but it is only in the last year that interest has been growing rapidly. I have found Pin-Up to be the genre that's suits me as it fits my love of vintage, cheesecake pin-up and of course burlesque. I am honoured to be one of four models representing Juliet Killed Romeo and Juliet Loves Romeo.

Q. Are there any photographers, clubs or other models out there who you would like to work with?

I love the use of colour by Black Orchard Photography, the unusual location ideas from Dark slide Photography and will always adore the timeless images produced by Eddie Ions. In terms of performing I would love to perform in as many different locations as possible, both in the UK and Worldwide.

Q. You list costume construction as one of your passion, what do you make?

I worked for a local dance shop, which had a bespoke department. I took this over and loved the excitement of producing garments from fully crystallized ballroom gowns, wedding dresses and cheer leading catsuits, to tutus and carnival costumes. The world really was your oyster and no day was ever the same. I now use these skills to construct and develop my own costumes although there have been enquiries about designing independently so watch this space.

Q. Who or what is your inspiration?

My aim to is to create the most enchanting most memorable performances possible and am constantly inspired by Miss Fan-Teasy and my fellow showgirls, who's creativity astounds me. I am also inspired by the classic Pin-Up images by Gil Elvgren which never age or lose their charm.

Q. Where would you like to see yourself in five years time?

I would like to have built a successful brand in 'Silk Seduction' and hope to continue with the Fantasy Showgirls alongside performing internationally. I would also like to have built up a strong portfolio and continue to represent several independent brands.

You can find Silk Seduction on the following websites...

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Interview - Dreadlocks on the Rocks

Dotted with Hearts got to interview the lovely Cristina of Dreadlocks on the Rocks!

Q. Tell us a little about yourself and Dreadlocks on Rocks

Hi! :D My name is Cristina, I'm a 22 year old Graphic Design student with a passion for tangling hair (not the most glamorous hobby it's true). I moved to the UK about a year ago when I started University and I noticed that there was a bit of a niche in the dread locking business, so I said why not put my "gift" to good use? And that's how Dreadlocks on the Rocks was born...

Q. Where in the world are you based?

I am based in the centre of Birmingham - the home of all things weird and awesome.

Q. What made you start this business?

Well, I come from the eastern part of Europe, where dreadlocks are quite popular, therefore 10% of the population knows how to make them (more or less :P ) so it was fairly easy for me to learn - it's like a trade secret, you have to pick it up from watching other people do it and eventually doing it yourself . When I moved to Birmingham I noticed that there weren't many people who did dreadlocks, and even less places where you could go to get dreadlocks if you have Caucasian hair. So I started my little home-run business in order to provide for the people who wanted an awesome set of locks on their head. I also offer maintenance sessions to those who need to tame their locks and help people remove their dreadlocks so they won't need to shave their heads :P

Q. Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about getting dreadlocks?

One very important thing about dreadlocks is that they're not your average funky hair-do, you can't really get them today and take them out 2 weeks later (well you can, but why would somebody go through all that trouble). Getting dreadlocks is a commitment, so I advise anyone who wants to get them to do their research. Also, they don't look perfect from the beginning - as they mature they start looking better and better. I sometimes compare the whole process to having a baby - when you have them done it takes a good few hours and it hurts a bit, but once you're done with that you're so happy that you forget about everything else. The only difference is that dreadlocks don't grow into teenagers who start arguing with you :))

Q. Do you have dreads yourself? And whats your favourite things about them?

Yes, I have had my dreadlocks for two years now and I can honestly say that getting them has probably been the best hairstyle related decision I have ever taken - they don't pee on the rug and they don't keep you up at night...hell, I'd pick dreadlocks over a hamster any day :) But if you have a hamster you can still get dreadlocks he-he! Seriously, dreadlocks are the best thing ever.

Q. Who or what is your inspiration?

This might sound like a cliché but I guess I'm inspired by the people around me. I wish everyone could just calm down for a moment and just...relax and take it easy, maybe that sounds too easygoing but really, I think the world needs less things to worry about; with dreadlocks at least you don't have to worry about combing or styling your hair, so one less worry in the world :) People should be happier :D

Q. Where would you like to see yourself in five years time?

I'd like to open my own little shop, somewhere on a narrow little street, where I could sell funky little handmade things and continue making dreadlocks. And I would have lots of beanbag chairs...definitely.

For people who are thinking of getting dreadlocks or just want to have a chat and find out more about them - you can find me at:
http://dreadlocksontherocks.blogspot.com/ - Website
http://www.facebook.com/dreadlocks.on.the.rocks - Facebook
or just e-mail me at dreadlocks@live.co.uk

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

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Interview - Creaciones Alraune

Interview with Creaciones Alraune

Q. Tell us a little and yourself and Creaciones Alraune

I come from Spain. I was born in Cádiz, and since I was a child, I felt attracted by crafting, it was one of my favourite sunjects at school. Through the years, it has became my way of living...

Q. Where in the world are you based?
I live in Galicia since 1992, it,s placed on the northeast of Spain. There are strong Celtic roots in this country, and it is reflected on the arts in general.

Q. What made you start dress making and crafting?

Since I was a child, when someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I used to say "fashion designer", I wanted to create beautiful clothes and accessories, so I was always making clothes for my dolls, and painting dresses. I think I had it really clear.

Q. What are your favourite items to create?

I enjoy a lot when making corsets and mini hats, I love to see their creation, what they become when they're finished.

Q. What are your most popular items?

I could say corsets, girls love it, even though they're not the cheapest products amongst my creations..... I guess that it is because they can be made at the wish of the costumer, and choose fabrics, colours, embroideries, embellishments....

Q. Where can people buy your creations? Do you do custom orders?
My creations are not found on stores, sorry! Anyone interested can contact me and order anything. And yes, I do custom orders. On the fact, the immense majority of the things I do are requested by my costumers. They ask me something, and generally, they accept suggestions, I guess I'm lucky about it...

Q. Who or what is your inspiration?

It may sound as a topic, but inspiration is everywhere, and it comes when it's less expected! It may be a film, a book, a vintage image, generally I love to take a look at some of my books about history of fashion, and look for details. So, the results can be both Gothic, Steam punk, Victorian, Retro or vintage.... but never the things you,ll find on an ordinary store.

Q. Where would you like to see yourself in five years time?

On a backstage, looking at models dressed with my creations on the catwalk. Or creating clothes for a historical film, or doing historical reproductions for a Fashion museum.... who knows!! Anyway, I can't imagine my life and my future without a nail in my hand....

Links to Creaciones Alraune


I'm on facebook too. Just search for "Creaciones Alraune".

Monday, 13 September 2010

Interview - Frock on Vintage

Dotted With Hearts interview Pam from Frock on Vintage!

Q. Tell us a little about yourself and Frock on Vintage

My name is Pam Cheema and I am stylist and Director of Frock On Vintage. Frock On Vintage specialises in affordable, high quality and all-round fabulous vintage items for all fun-loving fashionista's. From Avant Garde sequin tops and leather jackets; to kitsch dresses and statement bags, the brand offers something for everyone!

Q. Where in the world are you based?

I am based in Birmingham but travel all over the UK with Frock On Vintage.

Q. What made you start this label?

Spending time out in Kenya doing charity work with the Masai inspired me to set up Frock On Vintage. I supported street children, AIDS and HIV sufferers and taught English in local schools. I learnt so much from the experience that when I returned to the UK I decided that it was time to pursue my real dream. I began my new venture by juggling my full time job as a TV researcher with running a stall selling vintage clothes every Saturday at The Custard Factory in Digbeth. The feedback I was getting from customers was amazing so I decided that it was only natural progression to set up my own website. I launched www.frockonvintage.co.uk in August 2010 and its going great so far :-)

Q. What are your most popular items?

The gorgeous vintage sequin garments I sell are really popular! They are so beautifully made and the designs are to die for! Every girls likes a bit of sparkle in her wardrobe for parties, weddings, events etc. Aside from that vintage bags also go down really well with my customers as do the fur coats....especially now with winter slowly looming!

Q. Do you wear vintage clothing yourself? Whats your favourite style?

I adore vintage clothing and wear it all the time, hence me setting up Frock On Vintage! I just love the fact that vintage clothing is totally unique and that you know that you wont see 101 other girls wearing the same. I tend to mix Vintage pieces with those off the High street for a modern but edgy look. I don't have a specific style as such, its always evolving and what I wear often depends on how I'm feeling on a certain day! If i did have to to choose my favourite style it would definitely be rock chick/Gothic Glam! I love silver and black and cant go anywhere without my cropped leather jacket!

Q. Who or what is your inspiration?

This sounds massively soppy but its my friends and family are the ones who truly inspire and motivate me. The love and support of my nearest and dearest is so special and nothing beats that. I am also inspired by the people who are not afraid to make a statement with what that they wear and are fashion slaves! Most of these people are the ones who wear vintage and are not afraid to think outside of the box when it comes to embracing their own personal style.

Q. Where would you like to see yourself in five years time?

I would love Frock On Vintage to become a household name and own my own shop in Birmingham. I think the city has very little to offer vintage fashionista's and for that reason I would want to bring them something really special! I already have a mental image of what the shop would like...crazy but true lol! Aside from this what I ultimately what I do is continue putting smiles on people's faces and providing them with amazing Frock On Vintage garments!

You can find Frock on Vintage on the following sites...

website: www.frockonvintage.co.uk

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=49946478717&ref=ts

Sutton Arts and Vintage Fair (Midlands), 17th October 1-5pm : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sutton-Vintage-Arts-Fair/132825093424878

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Interview -The Deity Chain

Dotted with Hearts interviewed the lovely Soo of The Deity Chain!

Q. Tell us a bit about yourself and The Deity Chain
A: My name is Soo, and i am a 44 year old mother of 3. I've always been what you could describe as 'arty'. and i just love making things! whether that be a piece of jewellery, a painting, or as i have done more recently, a bag!
I founded The DeityChain in 2008 and it consists of me and my children..well, when i say children, my boys are men now, lol! They help in lots of ways, with the packaging, marketing, etc...and making me lots of cups of coffee when i am busy making orders!
My daughter is incredibly talented: watch out for some of her work appearing in the 'art' section of The DeityChain website! :)

Q. Where in the world are you based?

A: I am based in the North-West of England, near Manchester.

Q.What made you start making jewellery?

A: about 5 years ago i started making my own cards to send to friends and family: i used to attach little charms and pieces of jewellery to them, and after lots of suggestions to sell them, i started doing just that!...at craft fairs, car boots, etc.... then in 2008 i started The DeityChain: by this point i had already started to make jewellery which was selling faster than the cards(!), and i built a website which i have just recently updated as i thought the old site was looking a bit tired and jaded!

Q. What are your most popular pieces?

A: My bag charms are very popular, understandably(!!), the faerie necklaces and wraparound bracelets have always sold well and the little heart boxes i have just introduced seem to be going down well too!

Q. Do you wear the jewellery you make yourself?
A: of course! promote, promote, promote, lol! ...but seriously, yes, the great thing about being able to make it yourself is you can make exactly what you really like, and change it as often as you like! I also always, always have my bag charms and fabric hearts attached to my handbag.

Q. Who or what is your inspiration?

A: well now, that is an easy one! F-A-E-R-I-E-S! yeah, i know, I'm a middle-aged woman who is STILL hung up on faeries, but what can i say? i love them! ...i just love the whole romance of them, the idea that they are watching, protecting and causing mischief....yeah, faeries definitely... .....and hearts .....and flowers.... I'm just an old romantic at heart! :)

Q. Where would you like to see yourself in five years time?

A: gosh...well....i would love love LOVE to be running The DeityChain as a full-time business.
i am certainly happiest fiddling about making pieces of jewellery or painting..
My dream is for The DeityChain to be a recognised name..... a label... something people would know just by looking at it...that would be great!

email: soo@thedeitychain.com

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Interview - Toxic Cherry

Interview with Toxic Cherry

Q. Tell us a little about yourself and Toxic Cherry Jewellery

I have been designing jewellery since 2009 but never really took it all that seriously. I'm a naturally creative person and a few months back when a friend mentioned she'd love to start a jewellery business, I had that little light bulb moment. I already had all the designs so all I had to do was get down to the practical side. I give credit to my mom for suggesting materials and such lol. Toxic Cherry launched officially as a business at the end of August this year and I appreciate all the support so much.

Q. Where in the world are you based?

Based in Birmingham in the UK but have customers all across the UK and hopefully will expand internationally.

Q. What made you get into crafting?

As I said earlier, I'd always love designing pieces and it was my friend that spurred me on to turning them into solid creations :)

Q. What are your favourite items to make?

I love making all of them. Honestly lol. I would never make an item that I wouldn't love to wear myself so I put a lot of effort into design and making them.

Q. What are your most popular items?

It seems quite equal across the board at the moment. Customers compliment the 'razzle dazzle' pieces the most but I've had a lot of interest in the clay hearts and leopard print bows.

Q. Do you wear your jewellery & accessories yourself?

Yes all the time. :) Like I said, I would never make anything I didn't love myself or didn't deem 'fit' to wear. Plus, it's a great marketing technique, especially on nights out and people ask where you get your jewellery from :)

Q. Who or what is your inspiration?

The general feel of the 'rock' scene in the UK and 'old skool' tattoo designs. I'd say my main demographic is the 'alternative' subculture so I take a lot of inspiration from designs associated with them.

Q. Where would you like to see yourself in five years time?

Still running Toxic Cherry hopefully. And fingers crossed by then it will have taken off internationally. It is my great passion at the moment. And I'd love it to be a big part of my future.

You can find Toxic Cherry at...
Sadly Toxic Cherry received some abuse and criticism at the start of her launch, she says ' I would like to point out to your readers and repeat what I have said from the start, I have at no point intentionally 'copied' anyone or any design. My jewellery stems from my ideas and my mothers suggestions. Any likeness to another jeweller is coincidental'.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Interview - Delicious Secrets

Dotted With Hearts got to interview jewellery maker,
Jo, from Delicious Secrets

Q. Tell us a little about yourself and Delicious Secrets

Well my name is Joanne, Jo for short and I am 19 almost 20. Ever since I was young, I have loved anything involving art and making things. I studied art at secondary school and carried it on at college receiving a national award and a national diploma for art and design. Throughout college and school, I managed to get my hands dirty and create things which I loved. Delicious Secrets started earlier on this year. I got the ideas from other jewellery designers. Whenever I have browsed jewellery within shops and online, I also thought it’ll be amazing to be able to create my own. Other people have been my inspiration.

Q. Where in the world are you based?

I am based in Kent, United Kingdom. I live at home with my parents and siblings so I create everything from home.

Q. What made you get into crafting?

I’ll say from a young age of enjoying Art and design it is from this that is has progressed from. Inspirations from other jewellers and other pieces have also had a take on this.

Q. What are your favourite items to make?

I really like making the ‘candy’ items the most. Each charm is unique from the one before and the one after this. My favourite charms I’ve made are the gingerbread men and the cookies.

Q. What are your most popular items on Delicious Secrets?

I’ll have to say, the Filigree butterfly which is the Facebook profile image, has become the most popular and has drawn a lot of attention to Delicious Secrets. Also, the mini jar collections have attracted a lot of eyes.

Q. Do you wear your jewellery & accessories yourself?
I wear the belt look bracelets on a daily basis. My favourite ones I wear are the blue and white, together. As for my other items, I haven’t worn any of these yet because I have small stock because I have just started up and I don’t want to little amount of my items in case customers wanted them. I have a few ideas and items coming up and I will defiantly be taking one out for myself of these.

Q. Who or what is your inspiration?

Anything cute, vintage or girly becomes an inspiration to me. As well as other jewellery designers.

Q. Where would you like to see yourself in five years time?

Besides jewellery crafting, I also have a passion for photography. I’ll hopefully like to see myself making this more of a career for myself and keeping up with the jewellery designing.

People can contact me through facebook which is http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=100001417848187&ref=ts
or you can search Deliciious-Secrets Jewellery.
Items can also be purchased from http://www.delicious-secrets.co.uk/

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Interview - Embroidery Emporium

Interview with Vicki of Embroidery Emporium!

Q. So tell us a bit about yourself and Embroidery Emporium

OK, well I'm Vicki! I recently graduated in music but sewing it seems, has taken over my life :) I got taught how to cross stitch when I was about 7 or 8 and have always enjoyed making things by hand. I've been making cross stitched cards for friends and family for several years now and really love creating that perfect card for a special occasion. It's only really been since I finished University and regained some free time that I have started trying to advertise the things I make more on the Internet and start selling custom made items. As well as cross stitching cards and gifts I have also started making embroidered felt key rings, which are great fun to do!! The other part of Embroidery Emporium is historical embroidery. I have recently started to become more and more involved with historical re-enactment, and spend a lot of time making recreations of historical embroidery, such as black work as part of various different costumes.

Q. What made you get into crafting and embroidery?

Hmm I've always loved making things and sewing is something that I enjoy doing. I've always hated hunting around the shops for the right card or gifts for people so started making more and more things myself. It's a great feeling when you give someone a card or present that has been totally handmade and seeing how much they love and appreciate what you have given them.

Q. What are your favourite things to embroider?

Hehe all of it!! I love making the cards. Most of them are quite quick and easy to make, and I get to do so many fabulous little designs which I know the person receiving will love! I love making the larger cross stitch gifts as well. I especially like working with the designs that are all a single block colour. So simple yet so effective. Blackwork is another favourite. Probably the most time consuming and tricky of the bunch as it involves so much fine detail, but seeing the end result is just amazing. And the fact that the blackwork is then worn by others as part of their historical costumes is just great to see :) I love all of it really!!!

Q. What are your most popular items?

Cards. Definitely the cards. I never seem to stop making them, and always have several on the go all the time.

Q. Where can people purchase your crafts?

Currently only via my facebook page - Embroidery Emporium Sewing. But I am working on a website at the moment as well, which will hopefully be up and running soon :)

Q. Who or what is your inspiration?

I think I'd have to say my main inspiration for embroidery would have to be the paintings of Holbein. It amazes me that someone can paint with that much detail in their work, that even 400 years later people can still recreate Tudor embroidery from his paintings. Amazing stuff.
Also, I'd never really thought about putting my creations on the net before and trying to sell them, until I saw some of the amazing crafty ladies on facebook setting up shops, and it really inspired me to put the things I make out there with them :)

Q. Where would you like to see yourself in five years time?

Ah, um hopefully selling lots of things on my own website and making people happy with the things I create them :). I'd love to get a stall up and running and travel round craft fairs selling my items as well as that would just be brilliant! Ideally a shop full of my handmade goodies would just be fantastic :)

I can be found on facebook here -


Friday, 3 September 2010

Interview - Metal Dogz

Dotted with Hearts were very happy to Interview Anthony Muzikar of MetalDogz

'My wife Deann and I launched our company and Web site MetalDogz.com on Halloween night 2008. We both have been major metal heads and horror fanatics since we were kids and have been immersed in the hard music scene for 28 years. I spent 10 years of my life working for a metal music marketing company in NYC and my wife is a long time communications and media specialist. If there was one thing we had in common besides music and horror movies, it is our love of animals.

We got our very first dog in early '08. One day I told my wife to search the net and order him some cool rock or metal tees. I was sure there was somebody out there doing them. She found very little. There were a few parody tees and a couple of band logos, which I'm sure the company didn't have the licensing rights for, and that was about it. Sure there were plenty of skull and bones and guitars, but nothing cool or original. You can buy those types of shirts in a Wal-Mart. So I thought there was a market for dog tees, bandanna's, etc. for head bangers and their pooches. One thing we were sure of is people will do anything for their pets. I sketched out some ideas, did some trade marks, came up with a business plan for K9 world domination and MetalDogz was born.

MetalDogz is based in New Jersey, USA. We are approaching this like any young band would. Start in the basement with long hours and alot of hard work, become known locally and then move on from there. We vend our merch at concert festivals, pet expos and hip flea markets. We also do consignments or wholesale, basically whatever it takes. We have recently set up shop on dates of Music As A Weapon, M3 Rock Fest, Mayhem, and Uproar Fest, as well as horror conventions such as Chiller and Rock & Shock. Someday I would love to do a whole tour.

85% of our customers are women, which I guess should come as no surprise. I would have to say our most popular design by far is our Metal Doggie "Paws Up" logo followed by the Death Metal Doggie "Pentagram in dog bones" logo.

We have one dog who has been our total inspiration, a Papillon named Ville who loves wearing our tees. We also have 3 cats, but we have no plans for MetalPussy as of yet. LOL

In 5 years I would like to see us progressing into more and more products, getting our stuff out to more bands and artists, growing the business and being able to quit our day jobs and make a living at this.

Check us out at http://www.metaldogz.com/ and
Twitter @metaldogzrock '

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

The Lipstattoo Halloween Giveaway!

The lovely Lipstattoo is holding her 3rd Halloween giveaway!

After her huge popularity with her amazing hand made Human Centipede necklace she is kindly spreading her success with other artists and businesses.
So far over 30 aritst and businesses have donated Halloween themed goodies and prizes to this giveaway!

The list of items, links and pictures will then go live on http://lipstattoo.horror-extreme.com/ at the end of September and a winner will be drawn just before Halloween at random.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Interview - Ghoulish Gary

Dotted With Hearts were lucky enough to get an interview with the very talented graphic designer - Gary Pullin!

Q. Tell us a little about yourself?

Well, I'm a monster-loving graphic designer and illustrator. I'm the art director at Rue Morgue Magazine and I've devoted my life to the genre I love most... horror!

Q. Where in the world are you based?

Toronto, Onterrible Canada.

Q. What made you get into graphic design?

I've always had an interest in art. It was a hobby for many years until I went to art school, then I took a three year graphic design course, graduated and found work in the big city.

Q. Your main focus is horror, has it always been a love of yours?

Very much so! As far back as I can remember.

Q. What have been your favourite pieces to design?

The Pray for the Monster's series was a lot fun to do. It's sort of where I'm at spiritually. Monsters are my religion!

Q. Who or what is your inspiration?

There are lots of artist that inspire me, but Basil Gogos, Charles Burns, Robert Crumb... the list goes on and on. Music is also a big inspiration. If I wasn't doing art, I would probably be doing music in some form or another.

Q. Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years time?

Doing what I do now, drawing monsters!

You can find Gary's artwork at the follow sites...

My Etsy Store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/GhoulishGary
My website: http://www.ghoulishgary.com/

Artwork © Gary Pullin. Posted with Permission.