Thursday, April 2, 2009

Interview with Annie Veillette

I feel very proud to have Annie Veillette as my guest today! You should remember her name because you might one day see a movie star wearing one of her necklace to climb the steps of Canne. Seriously, this is the vision that I have when I look at her jewellery design!

Annie recently started selling some of her jewellery on her Etsy shop, but you will mostly have to contact her directly through her website if you are interested in buying one of her pieces, or to discuss a custom order. Annie also has a blog where she tells us more about her jewellery design process, and the story behind the stones.

Me:Can you tell in a few words a little bit about yourself?

Annie: Born and raised in North of the province of Quebec, I came to Montreal for my studies. I got involved in a variety of fields such as tourism, law, psychology and art history. When I moved in Montreal, I stopped my ballet classes although it was my first “calling”. My parents having my best financial interest at heart were convinced that I would not make a living out of it and maybe they were right... On the other hand, I have the qualifications to be a lawyer and I don’t make a living out it either! Lol!

Me: How did you come to jewellery design?

Annie: At a very young age, I was using many different media for painting and sculpting. Mother introduced me to beading and I loved it. The problem is I loved it so much that Mother soon discovered it was quite an expensive hobby for such a young girl and since I was involved in so many other activities, I let it go and concentrated on ballet. Many years later I got back to it as I couldn’t find the kind of body adornment I was looking for so I decided to make them myself. It immediately created a buzz at the office where I was working at the time and I instantly started to make sales and got special orders for special events. So I did some specific designs for weddings, proms, banquets and such.

Me: Where do you get your inspiration?

Annie: Of course, since I work with rocks mother nature is a big source of inspiration for me. But mainly, music is what brings all these fantastic images to my head. It creates in me a state where I can travel inside myself and pull out what pops into my head. That is a very exhilarating process for me. Of course, there’s also the costumes of different eras and cultures that play a big role into it too!

Me: What are your goals?

Annie: I would love to get to design elaborate jewellery for theatre play, movies and why not fashion show. As I prefer to put my time in a big project since it gets me in the “flow” I think it would be the best venue for me since these elaborate jewellery cannot be worn everyday.

Me: Do you believe in your lucky star?

Annie: I believe that everything in life happens for a specific purpose. There is such a thing as freewill but the fact is that luck and coincidence are in my views part of my path as it is in everyone’s life. Being aware of it is what I believe in and being open to receive it is my biggest challenge as I don’t always see it...

Me: Do you have periods of doubts?

Annie: I wouldn’t call it doubts. I would say that I lose track of myself when I get caught in the day to day trivia. Just like everyone else I guess, when I’m stressed about the money issue or when there’s a situation going on with family or friends, I tend to get trapped in it and somehow, I lose the connection with the creative source.

Me: How do you deal with those periods of doubts?

Annie: I withdraw, I clean, I reorganise. Go to museum, theatre, cinema and chit chat with the girlz... :-)

Me: What method do you use to find your energy?
Annie: Bodywork and energy work is the best for me.

Me: Is it effective?

Annie: Very much so! And I love to be pampered! Lol!

Me: What is your motto in life?

Annie: « My life is my message »



I love her work. She is really talented.

Triz Designs said...

Thank you for interviewing this wonderful beadwork artist!!!! she is super-talented and it was great to read more about her!!!

Jean Hutter said...

Very nice bead work - great interview.

Melinda said...

I love, love, love this jewelry! In fact, I have bookmarked her site to pass along to my husband when he's in need of figuring out a gift! I enjoyed the interview too and learning more about her inspirations.


love said...

OK beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful,beautiful, beautiful,and beautiful. I got them all right? I normally don't wear a lot of bead work but this really caught my eye. Anyone who pays that much attention to detail is awesome in my book.

My future mother in law is really big on beading(like biiiiiiiiiiiiiiig time) and shes tried teaching me how to make simple stuff before, but it never comes out right lol.

Teresa Silverthorn said...

Beautiful artistry here, thank you for sharing it. :)

----- Jennifer ----- said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Printemps said...

Beautiful! I am new to your blog and this field. Nice to know you have French connection , drop by my blog:


Ian said...

Happy Easter.

Sherry Goodloe said...

Gorgeous beadwork! Thanks for sharing her work with those of us that may not have known her. Nice interview as well :)

FashionTouch said...

Stunning work!!!

Andrewk said...

Great article and lovely work, truly inspiring

Pretty Things said...

Wow, I'm in love with that first necklace in particular!

TeriB said...

It's been great for me to be on the Creative Blogger group and learn about more fantastic, creative people in the world! Thanks for introducing Annie. Teri

Da-revelation said...

i luv these works i would love my girlfriend knw abt tis blog but.... the interview is ok

PurrPrints said...

WOW - now that is some amazing bead weaving--thanks for sharing this artisan with us!

formfireglassworks said...

Annie's work is lovely - well designed and well-executed. A real find!

01 07 08 09 10
Pin It button on image hover