{the interview series} The Vamoose

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Kathryn Blackmore é a mente criativa que dá vida a The Vamoose - uma marca de joalharia marcada pelas linhas femininas e pelo cuidado na escolha dos materiais. Kathryn gosta de dar atenção aos detalhes, de combinar pedras e elementos vintage de formas surpreendentes, de brindar os seus fãs com imagens belas que nos transportam para outro mundo - o mundo de sonho em que habitam as mulheres que usam as suas peças. Continua a ler e transforma-te também numa delas.

[Este post pertence à rubrica semanal {the interview series}, onde publico uma nova entrevista todas as quartas-feiras, com artistas e bloggers inspiradores que admiro, de acordo com o espírito handmade e um estilo de vida criativo. Tornem-se fãs no facebook e não percam nada!
Por motivos óbvios de extensão e compreensão do texto, tanto pelos entrevistados como pelos potenciais leitores do resto do mundo, a entrevista segue em inglês.]

Kathryn Blackmore is the creative mind who gives life to The Vamoose - a jewelery brand marked by feminine lines and a careful choice of materials. Kathryn likes to give attention to detail, combining stones and vintage elements in surprising ways, spoiling her fans with beautiful images that transport us to another world - the dream world where the women who wear her jewelry inhabit. Read on and become one of them too.

[This post belongs to the weekly feature {the interview series} where I publish a new interview every wednesday with inspiring artists and bloggers I admire, according to the spirit of handmade and a creative lifestyle. Become a facebook fan and don't miss a bit!]

Kathryn Blackmore | The Vamoose
United Kingdom
blog | shop | twitter | facebook

1. Let’s pretend we don’t know each other and I’ve never heard about Kathryn Blackmore. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m 25 years old, living and working in a small Lancashire town in the North West of England. I started a blog in 2008, which eventually led to the beginning of a jewellery line in 2009. I love to watch period dramas and prefer cold days to warm.

2. You have fashion design in your academic background and you own an online jewelry shop. How was this creative passion born and what was the journey that brought you here?
I’ve enjoyed arts and crafts for as long as I can remember. A family friend always showed an interest in what I created, and I often think it was because of her encouragement that I opted for design-based further education. Although I had intended to pursue a career in fashion design after graduation, my circumstances at the time led me down a different path. I’d never intended to create my own jewellery business, but now I can’t imagine doing anything else.

3. You design and handmade every piece of The Vamoose jewelry line. Why is your brand called like that? Tell us about the concept behind it.
Every piece is assembled by myself and each stone hand picked. I love the special quality a handmade process can add to an item. Knowing where it came from and who it was created by. Those are the qualities you can’t necessarily achieve with a mass-produced product.

4. Your work is feminine and subtle – I really love your style! Tell us about what inspires you to create, the materials you use… share your creative process with us.
Semi-precious stones, fabric, brass and vintage components are the most used materials in my work. I gather inspiration almost every day and although the themes do vary, natural history remains a strong and constant source. If a material has an interesting history or a great story behind it, then I’m more inclined to want to work with it. Sometimes I enjoy the research more than the design process or creation of a piece.

5. Your photographs are stunning! They’re perfect to express the spirit behind your jewelry pieces. I’ve read in your blog that you’ve been collaborating with some talented young photographers, such as Eefje De Connick. Tell us about it.
I’ve really enjoyed collaborating with creative people around the world. Eefje was the first photographer I collaborated with. We got talking after she’d placed an order from my shop and since then we’ve worked together several times.

7. You have an inspiring blog where you share some great images of your work in progress and through your online shop your creations travel around the world! What means do you use to promote your work?
The thought of people in countries around the world wearing my jewellery is so nice! Apart from blogging, I use Twitter and Facebook to promote my work. It’s perfect for instant feedback, sharing what I’m working on and to communicate with customers and followers.

8. You’re not merely a crafter, but an entrepreneur. Tell us about the challenges of it.
I’m certainly not a natural business minded person, but I’m learning and improving with experience. The challenges are ensuring a good balance between creative and business based tasks. I’d much rather spend my time researching and creating, but of course the business and admin side of things are equally important.

9. Besides creating, what else are you passionate about doing?
Watching old movies, reading and taking advantage of the scenic walks surrounding my home.

10. Would you share with us a regular day at work?
I begin the day by checking my emails and task list. Preparing and despatching orders are usually a priority, followed by whatever else needs to be done. Working on samples, photographing new pieces, sourcing materials, post office trips and perhaps a little bit of procrastination courtesy of Tumblr, Twitter and Google Reader.

11. Would you give us a glimpse of your working space? Describe it and tell us what you love most about it.
My work area is quite small and very white! All of the walls and surfaces act like blank canvases when planning or working on new collections. The white surfaces are also useful for taking quick photographs of my progress to share with followers on Twitter and Facebook. There are sets of drawers below each worktop filled with supplies and a wall dedicated to displaying jewellery samples and works in progress.
While preparing for a new collection, research is tacked to a wall and a large coffee table is dedicated to unfinished pieces alongside inspiring objects. When a collection is complete, everything is cleaned away, ready to start again.

12. You live in the United Kingdom, would you tell us about the place where you live and what you love most about it? Would you like to live anywhere else one day?
I live in a small town in Lancashire, England. The surrounding area can be very beautiful and there are lots of scenic reservoir walks to discover. I’ve lived in a few areas of West Yorkshire in the past and would love to move there again in the future.

13. If you could live in any historical era of your choice, what would it be? Why?
Victorian Britain, as it was a time of great change and progress. It was the era for Charles Dickens, the Pre-Raphaelites, cabinets of curiosity and a popular time for mourning jewellery.

14. What advices would you give to someone who would also like to become a jewelry designer/maker?
To work hard and not judge yourself so heavily against others. There have been times when I have felt disheartened when comparing my work with others, but now I turn those negative feelings into something more positive, as motivation to do better and improve.

15. What are your plans for the future? And your most unrealistic dreams?
To continue to grow and develop my business. And my most unrealistic dreams… possibly to own a holiday home by the sea!

Now a quick question and answer game so we can find a bit more about you and your tastes!
Tell us one:

book: currently reading Kartography by Kamila Shamsie
music: Yann Tiersen
movie: any kind of period drama
personality/artist: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
color: turquoise
object: flowers
animal: dog
drink: raspberry and orange smoothie
food: savoury tart
season of the year: spring
travel destination: Italy
piece of clothing: silk blouse
secret: dancing around the house when no one else is home

Thank you for sharing your unique jewelry with us, Kathryn!


  1. Beautiful work, lovely photos. Thanks for introducing this (new to me) jewelry designer, I enjoyed the interview a lot!

  2. Como eu gosto destas tuas interview series... São sempre inspiradoras e distintas dos restantes projectos!
    Ontem estive no Porto e lembrei-me imenso de ti.. Apesar de só ter passado de carro revi imensas das tuas fotografias, dos recantos, das lojas... espero voltar com mais tempo para divagar muito em breve..


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