I am Abby Hook
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Inspired by wireworker Eni Oken, I commenced experimenting with wire.
How did you come to be a jeweller?
I have been making jewellery since I was a child. I started with bead weaving after being bought a loom one Christmas and I began making beaded chokers and simple strung necklaces. My wire obsession started about 10 years ago, when I began to make rosary necklaces and wire wrapped pendants and that developed into what you see today.
Where did you train?
I am completely self taught. A few years ago I stumbled across Eni Oken's website, her fabulous wirework inspired me to take my own work to the next level and I have never looked back. My journey into jewellery making has been one of self discovery, one of the biggest lessons I have learned is that the only limitations are those of your own imagination.
Where is your studio?
I am lucky enough to have my studio at home, so I am able to pick up my pliers any time the mood takes me.
What is the main inspiration for your design?
All around me, I am inspired by all sortsof things from the beads and stones that I am using (see 'Squares Bracelet'),to the trees and flowers in my garden(see 'filigree inspired ring'), to the sea (see 'A mermaid's teardrop')and even to film and music (see 'Elven Star pendant').
Elven star pendant
This beautiful Lord of the Rings inspired pendant is made with Amethyst and Black Agate, it has also been 'antiqued' to highlight the detail. The pendant is 2" tall including the bail and 1 ¼" wide.
What is your preferred medium?
My favourite mediums are silver wire, precious and semi-precious stones.
Do you have a favorite tool?
That's a tough one, it's between my wire cutters and my hands.
What are your goals?
I am also involved in an online community of jewellery makers/artists of all levels, who share their creations and knowledge with one another. JewelryLessons.com is the brain child of artist Eni Oken and is a highly specialised community. It is a real privilege for me to work with such a prestigious jewellery artist and Eni continually provides me with 'light bulb' moments. My goal for this year is to write several tutorials that I have swimming around in my head that will complement the ones I already have available on my website and on www.jewelrylessons.com.
Fuschia bud earrings
These pretty earrings have been embellished with a silver leaf charm and tiny 4mm Unakite beads, which provide a lovely contrast to the central bead.
Do you offer workshops and jewellery classes?
I have online tutorials, which are
downloadable PDF files, teaching the basics of wirework through to
very advanced designs, everything from making wire shapes and
closed loops to wire weaving. The beauty of being able to download
a lesson at home is that you are able to work at your own pace, and
at the end of
the tutorial you end up with a gorgeous piece of wire jewellery to treasure!
What has been your greatest achievement?
Publishing my first tutorial, it was a
very steep learning curve for me. It takes a lot of work, as for
each one I take hundreds of photos, document each step of the
process in detail, then I have to select the pictures I will use,
crop and format them, put it all together in a word document and
then finally create a PDF file.
That is of course after I have designed the piece and made it a few times! I have found that I really enjoy the process and there is no better feeling than when someone sends you a picture of a stunning piece that you have inspired them to create.
Mermaid's teardrop necklace
A delicate and flowing design made with silver wire and Lapis Lazuli
Abby's work is stocked in the following shops:
The Little Gallery Contemporary Arts and Picture Framing
63 - 65 Bridge Street, Belper, Derbyshire,
DE 56 1AY www.little-gallery.co.uk
Boo! Sustainable and fair
8 Sadlergate, Derby, DE13 3NF
Earth Treasures Crystal
21 Market Street, Heanor, Derbyshire
Abby's own website where she showcases her
finished jewellery and sells all of
All Abby's tutorials are available here
A selection of her tutorials are available