[caption id="attachment_10882" align="aligncenter" width="640"] 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! 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!’ 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. 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. 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. Visit Susanna Pearcey's blog to see how she styles Cloud & Lolly! Stay tuned for next week's Edmonton designer feature.