The Artist Spotlight is a monthly series where I interview artists, designers, and makers that have contributed to and collaborated with Unicorn Crate. I hope these interviews will serve as an inspiring look behind the scenes!
Annie, of Annie’s Aesthetic, is a kindergarten teacher who loves creating custom hand stamped jewelry. She’s been creating hand stamped jewelry for about a year and loves being able to speak with customers about their favorite bookish quotes. Annie created the “Thorns & All” bracelets for the December 2018 ‘Rebellious Royals’ box. A quote we both decided would be loved by many and treasured by fans of Sarah J. Maas.
Thanks so much for answering a few questions, Annie! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself as a jewelry artist? What is your background and how did you get into creating personalized hand stamped bracelets?
I actually stumbled upon the equipment to make hand stamped bracelets on a whim last year. I loved the idea of making something tangible that I could give to my family, friends, and colleagues. After making some for people I knew, I fell in love and looked to branch out. I have always loved reading and following bookstagramers online. I loved the idea of putting bookish quotes on the bracelets I was making and being able to include them in book subscription boxes has been an added bonus!
How would you say your craft has evolved since you started?
Hand stamping bracelets requires measurement, precision, and a lot of practice. Since making hundreds of bracelets, I have become much more precise in my stamping. I am able to stamp bracelets so the letters are more distinct and precisely placed. I have also expanded the fonts I use. I have even started using two fonts on a single bracelet if I want to emphasize a word in a saying, which I particularly love doing.
Do you create other jewelry also? Why do you love bracelets?
Along with bracelets, I have been branching out into custom metal bookmarks and necklaces. I love the idea of being able to create hand stamped bookmarks but I am still tinkering with those. I love bracelets because they can be worn with almost any outfit and can be paired with other pieces of jewelry. The bracelets I make are pretty simplistic in style so I think they are easy to pair with other pieces. Being able to express yourself is important and doing so with bracelets is one way of doing so that I love.
Do you listen to music while you work / what is your process like when sitting down to hand stamp a bracelet, or hundreds, as you did for Unicorn Crate’s December 2018 box?
As funny as it might sound, I actually watch Netflix as I work. There are many steps involved in making a bracelet (stamping, staining with an enamel marker, bending, packaging). Stamping each bracelet takes a lot of concentration but the other steps require less. That makes watching Netflix possible and a great way of passing the time.
What are a few of your favorite shows?
I love The Vampire Diaries and watched that a lot during the Unicorn Crate order. I also recently finished Lucifer which is amazing and I love watching Young & Hungry for a nice laugh.
What are a few of your favorite sayings that have been stamped onto bracelets for your customers?
One of my favorite quotes I have put on a bracelet is “You Destroy Me” from the Shatter Me series. I actually wear a bracelet with that quote myself!
Do you have a favorite book?
My favorite book is Enna Burning by Shannon Hale. Recently, though, my new favorite series is Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Some of my favorite quotes for my bracelets have come from that series.
What book are you most looking forward to reading in 2019?
I am so excited for Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi to come out in 2019! I bought Restore Me but I haven’t read it yet because I want to be able to read Restore Me and Defy Me consecutively in case there are some major cliffhangers.
Do you have a favorite quote (whether it fits on a bracelet or not)?
“You Destroy Me” is my favorite quote. I have put it on a bracelet before and wear it everyday!
I also love the quote “Let’s carpe the hell out of this diem” from The Darkest Minds and will be adding that to my shop soon!
What fictional character do you envision wearing your bracelets? And what would their bracelet have stamped on it?
I have a few characters in mind that I would envision wearing my bracelets. Cinder is one of them. I think it would be appropriate because she is made of a lot of metal and it is simplistic. I do not imagine her wearing very much jewelry but I could picture her wearing a simple silver bracelet. I imagine her bracelet saying something like “I am capable” because she has to fend for herself quite a bit. I could also picture Liam from The Darkest Minds giving one to Ruby because he is always sweet and romantic. Hers might say “darlin’” since he calls her that often in the books.
What inspires you / how do you stay inspired?
Reading helps inspire me. It helps me to come up with new quotes and helps to motivate me in my daily life. One of my favorite parts of having so many books is rereading my favorite parts of books I have already read before. Depending on my mood, I can pick a chapter or section of one of my favorite books and reread exactly what I want.
What do you like to do when not making jewelry?
Besides making jewelry, I also love reading, writing, and working out.
What’s next for Annie’s Aesthetic?
I think I would like to expand to more fonts and more items such as bookmarks, key chains, and necklaces. There are also different colors I could make the font which I am interesting in experimenting with. The color options are gold, bronze, and green.
Where can people find your work?
People can find my work on Etsy under AnniesAesthetic as well as on Instagram as @annies_aesthetic.
I hope you enjoyed that interview with Annie. What would you love to have stamped on a bracelet? Have an artist, designer, creator you’d love to see interviewed? let me know in the comments below! – Naomi