Welcome to my humble digital corner of the internet!
Let me introduce myself. I’m Kellie. I currently live in Hobart, Tasmania. Tasmania is such a beautiful state, it doesn’t take much to get out and about to be inspired. Sometimes I don’t even have to leave the house at all – I’m lucky enough to live in a house with a spectacular view of the River Derwent.
I am a lifelong creative – a crafter, photographer and most recently I can now call myself an artist.
I’ve been creative all my life. My jewelry making journey started when I was in primary school and my Mum helped me make a beaded necklace. It’s a simple string of tiny seed beads on fishing line. I still keep that necklace safe in my jewelry box.
Through most of high school I made various styles of beaded jewelry – mostly necklaces and earrings. Some I gave away, most I kept to myself. Sick of only hunting down the prettiest beads (which is fun in itself, don’t get me wrong!), I started to crave more complex beading challenges.
During holidays when I was studying at university I turned to creating beaded flowers. This involves threading tiny seed beads onto wire and weaving, twisting and shaping them into flowers. It’s an art-form that has existed in various forms since as early as the 1300s. I taught myself the french way to bead flowers. My very first (and quite questionable attempt) was a full sized rose. I also completed a trio of life size large irises and a vase-full of miniature irises.
My most recent project though was using French beaded funeral wreaths, also known as Immortelle, as inspiration for a Christmas present for my Mum. These hand beaded wreaths traditionally featured flowers and stood 3-4 feet tall. Most of the examples you see on the internet date to the early 1900s We both love the Tree of Life, so using various googled images as references (couldn’t any sort of instructions) I designed and created a tree of life. It’s about the size of a dinner plate and is made out of wire, beaded leaves and beautiful czech glass beads as flower accents. To make it personal, I had my brother and Dad pick out their favourite beads, so there’s a little bit of everyone in the tree.
Like most crafters and creators, there’s times when starting a project (or even finishing one) is just too hard, impractical or you just don’t have the motivation to do it. During one of these breaks I bought myself my first DSLR camera and took up photography. It took moving to Tasmania for that to become more serious. But when you’re surrounded by beautiful landscapes and it only takes a short drive for the scenery to change, it gives you a good excuse to take your time sightseeing. If you’d like to know more about my photography please visit KellieReevesPhotography.com to keep up with my latest wanderings and photos.
At the start of 2017 I lost the job I loved. Heart broken and devastated I turned to my craft to cope, but even that wasn’t enough. So in a spur of the moment decision, I walked into an dedicated art store for the first time in my life. I’ve always joked that I’m not an artistic person and that stick figures are the best I can draw. But desperate to distract myself I bought a bunch different art mediums to play with, eventually falling in love with watercolour. Turns out with a bit of effort I’m passable – with practice I get even better!
I love how light and easy watercolour is to work with. Yes, if you’re not paying attention it can be a tricky beast to get right, but learning those rules and how it works was the best therapy for me. And it was only going to be a matter of time before I figured out how to match this new love of watercolour with my long time love of jewelry making. And the rest they say is history . . .