Interview with Vancouver-based Jewelry designer, Andrea Waines
WHO ARE YOU?
I am Andrea Waines. Designer and maker at Andrea Waines Jewelry.
WHAT DO YOU CREATE?
I letterpress words and phrases into sterling silver to create meaningful pieces. Shapes can be simple classic bars to fancier hearts, halos and plaques.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOOLS AND PROCESSES?
My tools are my little tiny stamps and my hammer. I have used both for almost 20 years and couldn’t imagine life without them. Together we’ve made a lot of words and names. Other tools including my torch, polisher, and sander are used a lot as well, but I have less of a relationship with them. Eventually they need replacing. But not my stamps and hammer!
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I’m inspired by a lot of things - Mostly words and how they can inspire, soothe and heal the soul. When my mind gets too cluttered I either head high to the trails or to the sea.
WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PROCESS?
Most times the quote decides the shape of the jewelry I will create. Often I get inspired by a group of quotes and from there I figure out the best form.
WHERE IS YOUR STUDIO?
My studio is in North Vancouver in a quite little area of our house.
WHEN ARE YOU MOST PRODUCTIVE?
I am at my best very early in the morning. An early riser, I’m up at 5 a.m most mornings either working or going for a good bike ride.
Not sure why I chose jewelry, perhaps jewelry chose me? I was always fascinated by jewels since I was a little girl. Probably a life long thing. I must admit, after a long day of working with metal, it’s nice to go out and tend to my veggies!
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START?
I got my start very slowly. A whole lot of trial and error. Always watch for opportunities to take a leap of faith, that’s what I did.