Thursday, November 11, 2010

Team Spotlight! WomanWithTools!

Today we want to introduce you to Lynn of WomanWithTools! Her specialty is jewelry made through a technique called repousse. Check out her shop to find out exactly what that is. She also has a great vintage shop with beautiful finds, like the ring below.

1. Your name, nickname and a little about who you are.

My name is Lynn Lefler (Lynnie to a chosen few). I am a California girl, born and raised. A passionate animal lover (especially dogs), somewhat of a loner (I hate participating in team sports), fairly quiet, but have a wicked sense of humor.

2. Surprise us with something about you that you think will shock us!

I've turned down a number of opportunities to be an extra in feature films and television shows.

3. What is your main craft/art/collectible?

Jewelry (mostly silver), which I hand hammer using ancient metalworking techniques called repousse and chasing. I also have a large collection of vintage jewelry and buttons I would like to sell, so I opened a second shop called Nouveaux Retro.

4. How did you start with Etsy?

I saw an article about Etsy in an art jewelry magazine.

5. Any secrets to share for success? or What tool do you use to track your success?

No secrets - just do what you love. Follow your passion.

6. Hobbies or pastime when you are not doing Etsy.

I love to collect things; it's rather like a treasure hunt for me. I've collected shells (the nice specimen type you see in museums), glass dogs, miniature sculptures, antique jewelry, and my latest, old buttons. I also like reading and gardening.

7. Where would your dream vacation be? and why?

I'd love to go back to the U.K. and travel around the Cotswolds, then go to Scotland, especially Edinburgh. I've seen photos and the countryside looks beautiful. There's also so much history to be found in every corner. I love old houses and churches, and can spend hours in museums.

8. What do you hope to contribute and gain from Hearts and Hands United?

Friendship and support. The creative life can be a lonely one. It's so nice to be able to share your triumphs and your pain with people who are going through similar things.

9. Where can we find you?

Etsy -

10. Where do you draw your inspiration from? Your strength?

I draw my inspiration from the other artists in my family, from my husband, Doug, and from all of the jewelry makers who came before me.

11. Free writing anything you want to say.

Thanks to all the members of HHU for making me one of their own. Being a loner isn't all that much fun.


Evie's Tool Emporium said...

Always nice to get to know people better! What a wonderful opportunity you have coming up in Italy! Enjoy!

Lafe's Hidden Treasures said...

Lynn so glad to know you better! OH my Tuscany what a awesome thing to look forward to!

ShoshiPo said...

What a beautiful person and an amazing artist!!!

FabricGreetings said...

Great interview, Lynn. You are a wonderful member to have on this team.

Warm Hugs Design said...

Hi Lyn, your creations are beautiful!

I love this feature of HHU's blog. Feels like I get to know you all just a bit better.

Warm hugs,

just B you said...

Great spotlight post! So cool to get to know the WomanWithTools that creates such beautiful pieces of work. =) You'll have fun in Italy.

Jewels by Trish- Handmade Jewelry- Artisan: Trish said... are fabulous!! Can I come to Italy with you?? Achieving your dreams! Love it!! 8-)

Terrills Tiles said...

What a talent! So glad that you are part of the team, and I will be coming to Italy too!

headchange said...

It's so wonderful to be on such a great team filled with great people like you.

MooreMagnets said...

What a wonderful vacation to Italy!!! Ahhh, I would love to go to Europe!

Trudy said...

I love my Lynnie..Italy? Wow..I loved it the first time and I just know I would love it the second time..But what a wonderful opportunity to study under a master..Wow..

I am a loner too..I knew that's why I loved you..True

HIDE A HEART said...

The Rabbit Pendant in Lynn's Etsy Shop is exquisite!

KarinSF said...

Your work is exquisite. You obviously have skill and taste, and a genuine passion for your craft.
All you need now is a lucky break-Etsy can be a harsh and competitive environment.

Belle Skin Care aka Monica said...

Great interview, now I see we have a lot in common. I love WWT's shop!

Aloha Letterpress said...

It's great to know more about the woman behind WWT. Lynn's metalwork is beautifully crafted!