Eat Work Art SPOTLIGHT: Nicky Sadler
Eat Work Art caught up with jewellery maker/designer Nicky Sadler to see behind-the-scenes in her Alma Yard studio and workshop space, hear more about where she draws inspiration and the benefits of working in a creative community.
First of all, can you tell us when and how you first got into jewellery-making?
I have always been creative and as a teenager I sold earrings made from deconstructed necklaces that I bought in charity shops. Fast-forward to around 7 or 8 years ago, when I saw a wire work exhibition in Dorset which really fired my imagination and I started making straight away, teaching myself as I went.
Today I use mainly copper sheet, some of it reclaimed from copper tube (which I love to do where possible) and I do make things in silver as well.
Where do you find inspiration for your pieces?
I don't think it's a conscious thing, but elements of my surroundings usually find their way into my work. People often say my work reminds them of the sea/coast/natural world.
I love colour and enamel allows me to explore different colour combinations and effects. I have taught myself some traditional techniques such as fold-forming and chasing and I love these low tech methods - all you need is the right hammer!
How have you found being part of the Alma Yard community?
To have a studio of my own within the Alma Yard is amazing. The "Yardigans" are welcoming and inspirational, I'm enjoying meeting them all so much.
Can you tell us about what sorts of workshops you run from your studio? Any upcoming dates for our diaries?
I've run a few workshops so far in copper repousse, enamelling and silver ring making. I plan to keep running these in the new year, with more emphasis on the enamelling and possibly some recycled tin workshops too.
I'm very happy for people to contact me regarding possible courses and to keep and eye on my website and social media for up and coming dates.
The studio will also of course be open for the Christmas Lates event on the 1st December where I will be demonstrating some copper repousse work.