Let's learn more about Joanne and her great country Malta !
Tell us a bit about yourself, your daily routine:
My name is Joanne and I am married with two sons, aged 10 and 12. I do not work outside the home, and I plan my day according to my sons’ activities. On schooldays I wake up early, at 6.15am, to wake up the boys and help them get ready for school. Their school day starts really early and by 7am they have to be ready to leave. Once they’ve left I get on with my own things, which includes checking my email, staying involved on Etsy and spending some time with my Etsy friends, working on my online shop which means creating new things, taking photos, paperwork, etc., and of course doing any work around the house that needs to get done.
Your favorite foods: I eat almost anything, and there’s very little I don’t enjoy! :)
Your favorite music:Definitely Rock. I was a teen in the 80’s, but didn’t enjoy the music played at the time, always choosing to listen to the great British and American Rock bands and artists of the 60’s and 70’s, such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan of course and so on. I grew, but kept my disinterest in the pop scene and still prefer Rock and Alternative. I’m generally quite lazy to choose music while I’m working, so I leave my radio on a Classical station and work quite happily to that.
Your favorite films:It’s hard to choose, because it’s very rare that I don’t enjoy a movie I’m watching. I can equally enjoy a good thriller or action movie as much as a comedy or animated film. My all time favourites that immediately spring to mind include The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Once Upon a Time In America, Silence of the Lambs, Moulin Rouge, Almost Famous, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill I & II. When I need a good laugh, British comedy’s the thing for me - Fawlty Towers, Blackadder and Bottom are top of my list.
The most thing you like? - the most thing you hate ?
I like good food, good music, a good book, a cosy evening watching a movie with my family, the sea, the sun, holidays.
I hate politics, harassers and persuaders, liars, gossipers, conformity and mediocrity.
You are from an amazing Country, Could you give us TOP 10 Reasons to visit Amazing MALTA ? We would like to hear your recommendations, please be our guide :- )
1. The climate! The Maltese Islands, made up of Malta, which is the largest, followed by Gozo and Comino together with a some other very small Islands, are located in the centre of the Mediterranean, just below Sicily. We have approximately 300 days of sunshine in a year, so being able to enjoy sightseeing is possible whenever you visit.
2. Our history. 7,000 years of civilisation and a story wherever you look. An incredible wealth of history can be found on our tiny Islands. You can find Megalithic Temples spread over Malta and Gozo, some dating back to 3600BC which makes them among the oldest known freestanding structures in the world, Roman mosaics, magnificent fortifications and churches, baroque buildings built by the Knights of St. John, there is something to please everyone.
3. Entertainment - great nightlife and a number of festivals and cultural events guarantee you’re never bored.
4. Local customs and traditions, including the Maltese Festa.
Brass bands, food stalls, fireworks and fun all combine to make the Maltese Festa an event you’ll remember, and with nearly 60 Maltese feasts throughout the year (mostly during the summer months), and nearly 20 on the smaller sister island of Gozo – you’re bound to find one on your visit.
5. The small size, Malta is only about 27 km long by 14.5 km wide, which means that you can travel from one place to the other easily and quickly, taking in as many sights as you like.
6. Gozo, our sister Island, which is a short ferry trip away and offers many sights of its own.
7. Diving, the sea around Malta and Gozo offers numerous diving opportunities.8. The language. Apart from our own native language Maltese, our second official language is English. Many Maltese can also speak other languages, the most common being French, German and Italian.
9. Safety. Malta is a very family-friendly place to visit for a relaxing holiday.10. Last but not least, the renowned hospitality and friendliness of our people!
Great information and amazing pics about Malta , thank you Joanne ! Let's talk about your ART...
When and how did you start making jewellery?
I am a lifelong crafter and love trying out new things. I often attend different courses offered by local crafts shops, and one day a beading course caught my eye. I was hooked from the very start, and soon beading took up all my creative space and time! :)
Where can your art be seen?
My work can be found in my Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/gr8jewellery and on my blog http://blog.gr8jewellery.com/
When and how did you first become interested in your medium?
After that introductory beading course, I started reading up on different materials and techniques and a whole new world opened up! I fell in love with the magic of tiny seed beads and I sent off for some supplies to get started
Did you have a formal training in the arts or attend art courses?
I have attended a number of evening courses including a one-year course in Interior Design. I’ve also learnt Folk Art Painting and Pottery Throwing among others.
What do you enjoy most about working with your medium?
The flexibility. So many different shapes, sizes, finishes and colours of beads, stones and findings let you create different things in any style. I love this freedom.
Where do you find your inspirations for what you create?
A word, a colour, a single bead can be my starting point.
Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations:
Many of my beadwoven pieces are made with great care. I am a perfectionist and when working on something new I make several ‘trials’ before deciding on the final look, and even then I sometimes undo the work if I’m not happy with it. One of the pieces I love is my Gothic Flower Choker. This beadwoven necklace is made from Czech glass beads, two sizes of seed beads, cube beads, spacer beads and fringe beads. The focal point of this necklace is a beadwoven flower, also entirely handmade. The centre of the flower is a Swarovski dentelle (a flat topped crystal), which is surrounded by tiny Japanese cylinder beads and charlottes. This is then encircled by 8mm Czech glass beads, topped off with antique copper spacer beads and tiny bronze-coloured charlottes.
Would you please tell about your creative space and studio set-up?
I have a small work area under a window overlooking our courtyard, with a bougainvillea that has masses of bright pink flowers during the Summer months.
What advise would you give someone starting out in this medium?
Buy the best tools and supplies you can. High quality beads of uniform size make a world of difference in you work! Also have different types of thread and beading wire to work with, because different bead sizes and stitches have different requirements. And as with any craft ... practice, practice, practice and don’t be afraid to experiment!
How has your country’s Culture influenced your art?
I do not think that my country’s Culture has had a direct influence in my work in general. My creations can vary immensely, depending primarily on the beads I am working with. Having said that though, I have two pieces currently in my Etsy shop, in which I have very purposely included a Maltese flavour. The first is my
‘Hidden Treasures Under A Maltese Sun’ which has an eight-pointed Maltese Cross beadwoven on the back of the pendant, and the other is my
‘Mystic Eye’ choker which was inspired by a Maltese Luzzu.
Are there any artists that inspire you or that you admire?
There are several bead artists whom I greatly admire because of their imagination and excellent workmanship, many of whom are fellow members of the Etsy Beadweavers Team, whose blog and works may be found at http://www.etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com/
One particular artist whose works I discovered when just a teenager and who really caught my interest is Salvador Dali.
Anything else you wish to share?
Thank you Sebnem, for giving me this opportunity to share my work and my country with your readers!
Thank YOU so much dear JOANNE for this beautiful interview, and for sharing your artistic journey and great information and pics about Amazing MALTA!
I strongly recommend everyone to visit her Etsy shop gr8jewellery.etsy.com and see her amazing beadwoven jewelleries!