OK, confession time: I’m really glad I set up a Submission page for the LAB, but I get kinda scared sometimes. One reason is that I hate to turn handmakers away. The other reason is that some of the items that get submitted…Oh Mylanta! Thankfully, that’s not the case with Anca Pandrea’s amazing collection. The only thing I don’t like about her Etsy shop is that she’s only had 1 sale in 3 years. That folks is a CRIME!
These poetic pieces blend silver and exotic woods into modern rings, bracelets and pendants. Come on now, tell me these things are not amazing! Thankfully, Anca spent some time letting us in on her creative process. Enjoy this installment of Handmade Profiles and please go visit Anca’s shop, pick up a ring or two and spread the handmade love around.
1. What inspired you to began your collection?
My collection is inspired by a song written by a Romanian band, Love goes round in circles by Fierbinteanu. I love geometric shapes and I love the way circles can embrace or reject each other and by doing so, they tell stories. And I think the combination of shiny silver and vibrant wood tells the stories of love perfectly.
2. Can you name a favorite source of inspiration?
I try to soak in everything that I see and experience. I think music inspires me the most, both through lyrics and the rhythm. I am also on the lookout for patterns in nature and architecture.
3. What materials do you love to use?
Silver is the material of choice. It becomes alive in my hands, without surrending its personality completely. Even when a piece is finished, the silver continues to transform itself, letting itself being altered by the environment and the wearer. Wood is also a favorite, because of its texture, its colors, the possibilities and stories within.
4. Do you have a dream collaborator?
I admire many handmade artists around the Internet. I like ArtMind’s ceramic work, the illustrations signed by Gennine Zlatkis and Ana Pina’s jewelry work. I’ll admit it, a collaboration with ArtMind would make me very happy, but I think I have a long way to go and much more to learn about myself and my process before I can be someone’s dream collaborator.
5. When you need a musical muse, who do you turn the volume up for?
I am a one-track-on-repeat kind of listener. One song sticks with me and I carry it around for weeks, months in a row, trying to take it all in. And, I admit, singing along with it in traffic. My favorite bands and artists include Green Day, U2, Travis, The Cure, Paolo Nutini, The Cardigans, Beirut, Manu Chao, Mumford & Sons.
6. How do you use social media/blogging to promote your work?
I started blogging almost 4 years ago, as a means of connecting with the vibrant handmade community. At that time, working with my hands was a very distant possibility. In the meantime, I started my own jewelry line and my blog and Facebook page became the outlets for my inspiration mood boards, my work in process stories, my fails and my successes. I also share information about my other life, as a freelance translator and coffee shop owner in Bucharest, with all its ups and downs. I believe people want to get to know the person behind the handmade object, so I am inviting people into my life, as much as an online presence allows us.
7. Where do you see your shop/project going?
I have a couple more collections in mind and I hope I will be able to bring them to life. Most likely, this will be not a large scale venture, but a project close to my heart, where I can find myself, gather my thoughts, while creating things that can bring a smile on other people’s faces.