Day 11: Anna Bargery

Everything this wonderful creative (@hammeredhoop on Instagram) makes goes straight to the top of my wish list, so I’m incredibly excited to share her work and inspirations with you all.

Please may you introduce yourself and your practice.
Hey I’m Anna, a recent graduate from Kingston School of Art. I’m a designer and maker always looking to build my craft practices but this one in particular is jewellery making.

How did you develop your practice?
I’ve always loved making things, which led me to choose a creative degree. I studied Graphic Design but by no means a traditional course and there was a strong focus on making. I started making jewellery on my Erasmus year in Barcelona, after meeting and becoming inspired by fellow crafter @julenussia. I’ve never had any formal training and mainly learnt through speaking to other jewellers and lots of YouTube!!

What inspires you and why do you love your practice?
I’m mainly inspired by other makers, whether this be directly jewellers or other crafters. Although Instagram can be a bit draining at times I think it’s a really great platform for the creative community and I’ve discovered loads of inspiring people on here. To name a few… @lenniebeare@roo_____________and @robynsmithofficial. I also love a good hardware shop and discovering unexpected materials to make jewellery with.

What does it mean to you to be a creative feminist?
For me, to be a creative feminist means challenging the stereotypes of making. Crafts are traditionally associated with women and may hold negative stereotypes of being ‘twee’ – whereas the larger scale of making such as woodworking and carpentry are associated with men. As someone really interested in woodworking and larger-scale projects too, I never want to be intimidated by the fact that there are fewer women in this field. In January I was the first female member of the local Men’s Shed (a woodworking workshop intended to bring men together) and I thought that was a good first step!

Please give Anna a super warm welcome to the community by following her pages on Instagram – @hammeredhoop & @annabarg3ry and commenting your thoughts on her stunning jewels below! I’m so delighted to have you onboard Anna.

If you would like to purchase any of Anna’s fabulous jewellery featured in the images below please direct message her on Instagram.

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