Q. Tell us a bit about yourself and VelvetVolcano
My names Tamsyn (also known as Velvet), I'm 20 years old and have been running VelvetVolcano since November 2009.
I make crystal encrusted jewellery and accessories.
Q. Where in the world are you based?
Q. What made you get into crafting?
It's in my blood, all the women in my family are all crafty in their own ways - ranging from crochet / knitting, drawing and painting to graphic design.
I've been creating since I was little and I've always been artistic, being brought up in a creative environment is definitely a big part of that.
Q. What are your favourite pieces to make? What materials do you most like to use?
I love making commissions and custom orders for my customers, its so personal and I always love a challenge :).
Creating something unique for someone is really nice, especially as there is so much mass-production in the fashion world.
Q. What are your most popular items?
The Super Mario Shrooms, Cherry Necklaces and the 'Tied In a Bow' necklaces.
Q. Do you wear the jewelery/ accessories yourself?
My products are definitely all my style and I always wear them out, I wouldn't ever sell a product I wouldn't be happy to wear myself. :)
Q. Who or what is your inspiration?
I'm very inspired by the human body, the inner workings and the outer 'coating' as such.
I started out making anatomical pendants which then progressed into exploring how people 'accessorise' themselves, from body modification to good old personal style.
I'm very inspired by Rockabilly/Psychobilly and Punk styles too.
Q. Do you have any new projects coming up?
I'm hoping to branch out a lot with VV, there's a lot of exciting stuff in the pipeline :).
Q. Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years time?
I hope that my products will make it into some shops, that I will have stalls frequently and that VV will be bigger and better :).
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