Vendor Spotlight: Duck Harbor Design

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Today's Vendor Spotlight is jewelry company Duck Harbor Design, specializing in beaded and found object/antique incorporated designs. Named after Duck Harbor Beach in Wallfleet, MA, where Liz Brown initially conceived the idea of creating a jewelry company after casual discussion on the beach with her brother-in-law. I recently interviewed Liz to learn a little bit about her creative process, and experiences with the Alternative Fair.

1. What attracted you to the Alternative Fair?

Years ago, I heard about the Alternative Fair from a friend who had been attending for the few years prior.  It sounded like something that was right up my alley!  I typically do only the larger, outdoor summer shows, but had been looking for something in the wintertime that was more interesting than the "typical holiday craft fair".  My work incorporates a lot of antique or found objects, and tends to have an earthy feel.  The crowd this fantastic show draws seems to be a perfect fit for me!

 

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2. What is the planning process for your jewelry?

The planning process for my jewelry truly varies with my mood.  Sometimes there is absolutely no plan.  Sometimes inspiration just strikes, and I can sit down and turn out a piece I love within an hour.  The creative juices just flow!  Other times, I have an idea in my head- but struggle to bring it to life with my materials.  If I reach frustration, I typically walk away for a few hours (or a few days) and come back to it with a clearer head. 
I tend to find inspiration in the world around me, or objects I find that I begin to look at differently than some people might.  I usually start with a focal piece, or something that the rest of the piece will be built around.  Anything from antique keys to guitar picks to old subway tokens.  I'm also very color-driven.  I try to use a variety of colors in my work, but often gravitate towards my favorites- turquoises, greens, browns- primarily earth tones, mixed with pops of random color, metals, and my other interesting finds. 
3. On average, how long does it take to make a piece?
On average, I'd have to say there is no average time it takes me to create a piece!  Earrings are usually pretty quick- unless as I'm putting them together I realize they aren't turning out quite like I'd imagined.  Then it's back to the drawing board!  My leather bracelets are also fairly quick and fun to create, assuming I don't get inadvertently epoxied to my work.  Beaded bracelets and necklaces are the most time consuming, and depending on my mood- they can take anywhere from an hour to a few days!  Since my "real job" is teaching 2nd graders, I don't have as much time to devote to my jewelry business as I'd like.  Perhaps someday...  :)
You can visit Duck Harbor Design at http://www.duckharbordesign.com/index.html
RSVP to our Alternative Fair on our Facebook event page, we'd love to see you! https://www.facebook.com/events/1521840118059601/
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