[caption id="attachment_10882" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Susanna Pearcy fashion blogger Susanna Pearcy wearing Cloud & Lolly, jewelry made in Edmonton.[/caption] We asked Edmonton fashion blogger and designer, Susanna Pearcey, to chat inspiration with Cheryl Currie, designer of hand-made and locally crafted jewelry Cloud & Lolly. Read on to learn the Cloud & Lolly story! cloud and lolly jewelry handmade edmonton  jewelry designer What made you want to start designing jewelry? I started to design jewelry, once I realized the vast array of materials that can be incorporated into wearable pieces. I didn’t begin my ‘made by hand’ career with jewelry - I started with sewing, believe it or not! (I had basic sewing skills from Home Ec. in grade school) I’m mostly self-taught and have taken classes for silversmithing and metal work. Did you leave another career to take a risk and follow your dream? I left a 13 year career as a full-time graphic designer to pursue self-employment. I’d had a stream of unsatisfying jobs and wasn’t at all happy the route I was taking. I always knew I was destined to be my own boss, but that first leap was VERY scary! What has been your most special/memorable piece you've designed to date? As for a specific special piece? There have been many over the years. There are moments when a design falls into place and I get that feeling in my gut telling me, ‘yup, this feels right!’ cloud and lolly jewelry handmade edmonton  jewelry designer What do you love most about YEG? I truly love how passionate Edmontonians are for entrepreneurs and small businesses. I get to see excited faces at markets & craft shows and hear encouraging words! What is your favourite place in the world you have travelled to? My favourite place I’ve traveled to so far, is Turkey. I got to experience it wholly, as an extended family member of a close friend I went with. Home cooked meals, taught the language and being fully immersed was definitely an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life. cloud and lolly jewelry handmade edmonton  jewelry designer What is it about your collection that makes it unique or special? My Fall/Winter Collection (titled: Novo) is unique in the sense that I incorporate an unexpected twist on simple ideas. For example; I take chunky semi-precious stones to turn into rings, but add detail of crushed pyrite or bits of chain for a truly one-of-a-kind piece. I work a lot with raw brass, but chemically darken it to appear black - creating contrast with the two colours. cloud and lolly jewelry handmade edmonton  jewelry designer What is your vision for the future of Cloud & Lolly? My vision for Cloud&Lolly is to keep pushing forward. Trying new things, teaching myself new techniques, working with materials I’m maybe hesitant to work with. I'm working on a larger presence in stores and online by revamping my website next month! Exciting times indeed. cloud and lolly jewelry handmade edmonton  jewelry designer   Visit Susanna Pearcey's blog to see how she styles Cloud & Lolly! Stay tuned for next week's Edmonton designer feature.

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