Friday, April 18, 2014

How to become an Artist?


Whether you are a photographer, a millinery, a painter, a clothing designer or a wood worker being an artist is tough with a capital T. An artist's work is always on display for criticism and critique. It's hard hearing unkind words about your design.
Handmade bridal jewellery by Hattie Dunstan of Hattitude Jewels www.hattitudejewels.etsy.com
Every time an artist creates, a little bit of their aura is woven into that piece. For me, every piece of jewellery I make is hard for me to let go to a new owner because every piece has a little bit of me woven into the fibres of its craftsmanship. When someone says that I'll never make enough money doing what I do, or that it will be too hard of a life for me... I just listen with a kind smile knowing they are worried for me. They don't understand how I will be able to make a stable living and follow the normal traditions; pay cheque every two weeks, meet a nice boy (or girl), buy a house, get married, have babies, get promotion. I then politely ignore some of this advice. That's just not me. Try not to let other people's fears destroy your dreams. If you want it you can make a living as a painter or another type of artist, you are just going to have to work VERY hard at it. You just have to work for it. You are going to have to own it. You are going to have to want it and I can't stress having an amazing support system by your side. 
Handmade every day wear jewellery by Hattie Dunstan of Hattitude Jewels www.GotHattitude.com
As someone who doesn't go to a regular 9-5 job, as an artist and entrepreneur, you work twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. You see designs and dream up ideas ALL day long; in your dreams, in your milk swirls at the bottom of your cereal bowl, in the patterns of your calico cat's belly although the later is a rarity! You do late nights, you work on weekends and after you've been in the studio for hours and even after you step out of the studio; you are still editing photos, still brainstorming new blog posts, still dreaming up the latest collection trying to stay one step ahead of your competitors, planning storyboards for editorial creatives and all the while still trying to have an online presence and a voice on social media to keep your fans and customers happy, to keep your work out in the community and out in the world.
Handmade jewellery by Hattie Dunstan of Hattitude Jewels www.hattitudejewels.etsy.com
As an artist you have to believe in your self, have self motivation, dedication and perseverance. You have to weed through all the media, all the background noise coming at you saying you have to live to work.... As an artist I want to work to live. Life doesn't have to be for everyone about putting on a pin stripe suit, reading the paper on a morning commute and getting a steady pay cheque. As an artist making a living can sometimes be super hard! Sometimes you have to move back in with your parents when you can't pay the rent and maybe you have to eat non organic food for a few months until your next collection launches. As an entrepreneur your always going to pick yourself back up and preserver if you believe in yourself, because the pay out is so worth it in the end. If you find it a struggle to support yourself with your craft try pointing your skills in a different direction. Try launching a new collection which gives your current customers something to come back to your site or your store for. Instead of just offering necklaces, try expanding your lines, what about rings, hand chains, or back necklaces? Perhaps your creativity needs a different outlet or venue. For years I had been doing my every day collection of Hattitude jewellery and one day I got commissioned to do a wedding and it sparked an idea growing from there. I went from doing local craft shows, to doing bridal trade shows in downtown Toronto.  I changed up my angle and my target market and the money has followed. One day you may see your hard work make its way onto the front cover of a magazine (mine did last May!), someone walking down the street wearing a piece of your clothing or your painting shown in a prestigious gallery.  
Handmade bridal jewellery by Hattie Dunstan of Hattitude Jewels www.hattitudejewels.etsy.com
An artists perseveres, struggles and makes it their own. When someone asks you what you do and you stutter a bit and choke on the words "I mmmm ake jew...elleryyy". You have to own it, after a few years of owning my own company, I now respond with "I'm a jewellery designer, specializing in wedding designs for bridal parties" instead of the former response. Own what you do as an artist. Because you as an artist are fantastic. And you are unique. Follow through on your dreams. Change up your angle. Never give up. And embrace it. 
Live. Play. Create. Own. 
Photo taken by Sara of Sarunia Photography http://saruniaphotography.com/

Monday, April 7, 2014

How to choose the perfect accessories for your engagement shoot?

This past year my bridal boutique and wedding collection has really been growing and I've emersed myself into the wedding vendor world. I am very proud of where my jewellery path has emegered and am excited to see where else it takes me. In February I did a shoot with an amazing group of talented vendors (full list below photos) at the beautiful Berkeley Field house for the highly anticipated Love struck expo, a faux wedding disguised as a wedding trade show.

As a bride and groom heading into your engagement session, you've got the theme, the photographer, maybe even the planner to help you make the most beautiful engagement photos... Now for the outfit accessories! What I like to think of as the piece de resistance! For the shoot below and for your engagement session shoot, here are some pointers on what you should do to make your accessories pop! 

My suggestion is play up your theme, you only get one engagement shoot! If you are going for a 1920's art deco wedding theme, have your engagement session have some Great Gatsby inspired feeling to it, maybe a great rhinestone head piece, with a pearl hand bracelet combo, like this photo. My company Hattitude Jewellery will be releasing a line of these awesome hand chains later this spring. 
If you are shooting in the country at your families horse farm, wear a horse themed charm bracelet made from vintage cuff links and other cute oddities. below is a custom bracelet designed for a horse loving gal. There is so much to play up and make yourself feel like a princess with accessories! 

Here's the photos from the amazing shoot at Berekely Field house. Be ready to sit down in a chair as your heart beats up at the preciousness that is these photos. 

Love by Lynzie events
 created this DIY back drop. I took the theme of a fairytale flower and created a necklace with just the right amount of bling and pop with the soft subtle classic bride pearls. A fun tradition some brides are doing is taking three of their grandmothers brooches, and having them turned into custom necklaces they then wear it for all three events, their engagement session photos, their rehearsal dinner and then finally for their wedding day. Each piece is different, yet a similar theme throughout the photos and a beautiful memory of your family heirlooms. 
Vendors:
Concept, Backdrops and Styling: Love by Lynzie Weddings + Events 
Photography: Scarlet O’Neill 
Antique Rentals: Happily Ever After Events Inc. 
Floral Design: Hoopla 
Hair and Makeup: Lush Brush 
Cakes and Sweets: The Wedding Cake Shoppe
Stationery: Megan Wappel Designs 
Ties and Blue Dress: CMP Originals 
Jewellery for the First Look and Clutches: The Loved One 
White Dress: Xiste 
Jewellery for the Second Look: Hattitude



Monday, November 18, 2013

here's the perfect gift to give the woman in your life


It's easy, it's unique, it's one of a kind and it's supporting local...the best part it already comes wrapped for under the tree! She'll love the effort you put in. Customize a piece of jewellery for her this Christmas. Contact me click here for more information! Place your order now to have it in time for Christmas. 

Don't forget tomorrow is Holiday shopping hours at the studio in Caledon East from 5-8pm. 


Monday, November 11, 2013

a christmas poem and how to wear a statement necklace

Every Tuesday until Christmas 5-8pm
Caledon East studio shopping hours
T'was 44 days before Christmas, when all through the town, 
every person was thinking, about what to do now?
The people were thinking, about their gifts with care, 
should they buy local, and feel all prepared? 

The jewellery was made all pretty in different shades, 
while custom pieces were still being handmade. 
The studio shopping hours were ready to go,
5-8pm every Tuesday in Caledon East for show. 

When out of the blue you thought ah yes,
I want to avoid the congested mall crowds and all of the jest,
Shopping hours I shall head to in a flash, 
Not a moment to lose, I must dash!

You're thinking so hard about what to give and receive, 

ah-ha that's easy, one of a kind gift it will be. 
Here's a way to wear the statement necklaces that are so hot this season. Try it with a jean collared shirt, a textured neutral skirt (is a dress underneath) and a knit pullover sweater with this snakes and ladders statement necklace hand designed by me. You can view it in my shop. Click Here. 
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

infatuation statement necklace

Infatuation necklace click here

Outfit details:
Shoes: England
Pants: Urban Outfitters
Top: Thrifted, DIY
Coat: Thrifted, London, ON, Jackpot vintage
Hat: Queen st. Toronto
Necklace: Hattitude jewellery www.GotHattitude.com

I love hats in the fall. What's your favourite go-to clothing or accessories piece this fall? The autumn is cool enough that your head does not sweat from the heat of the hat, but yet warm enough that you don't need a wooly hat to keep your ears warm against the snow and wind. Fall is a great time of year for layering. I love the little details, like rolling up pant legs, with big socks. With vests and statement necklaces. Statment necklaces are the number one essential piece you MUST have in your wardrobe this year. I think they are amazing and take any outfit from a blah to a zing! Autumn is the perfect season to get your fashion on. 

I just got back from England 5 days ago, and it was my first time in Europe. I had goosebumps the entire time. No one prepares you for the majestic feeling you have walking into a building that is over a 1,000 years old. It was incredible.

I loved how everyone dressed in London, in fact one of my favourite things to do was just sit on the tube and watch all the different people that would get on and see what they all were wearing! The men in europe are so stylish, every single man in london was dressed to the nines. I hope you all had a wonderful past two weeks. What's your favourite place in Europe? England? London?
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

an english inspired outfit

Crown Jewels necklace click here
Sweater: Winners
Kilt: Thrifted, Chez thrift, bolton
Necklace: Hattitude jewels www.GotHattitude.com
Collared shirt: Thrifted
Boots: Town shoes
Hat: Queen st. west, Toronto

It's now turned from summer heat wearing dresses to wearing my fleece tights, my kilts and warm sweaters! It sure was chilly today - 5 degrees! brrr. 

This is a Europe inspired outfit. I just got back from spending two weeks in England. I just adore this floppy hat. Something about putting on a floppy hat and instantly your outfit goes from a 1950's grandmother's outfit and turns into a modern day fashion look. High boots are also important in this type of look. If you don't have knee high boots, that is shame and that must be remedied for this season! I think high boots modernize any outfit and are great for longer wool skirts, that COULD be frumpy but updates them to be stylish.
The three patterns on this outfit all work well together because they are either small pattern or they have a lot of cream or solid colour background to compliment it. Throwing on a statement necklace is also important when trying to modernize pullover sweaters and below the knee length skirts. Statement necklaces look awesome over collared shirts and pull over sweaters or cardigans. Do the buttons right up, leave your shirt un-tucked and wear a long cardigan with a statement necklace from my online shop www.GotHattitude.com with some jeans for a more casual look if you don't think you can pull of this english inspired outfit. 

Are you all ready for Halloween? Tristan and I are decorating this weekend. We are having a halloween party and the guest of honours are Mr. and Mrs. skeleton and their family. They'll be residing at our dinner table for the evening. (Can you tell I love halloween and can't wait for next weekend's party, strobe lights, fog machine, dry ice, guts, blood and more!) 

Tristan and I are having some troubles figuring out what we should be. Here's our last two year outfits. 
What are you going as? Do you celebrate halloween? What was your favourite costume you ever dressed up as?
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