First off, tell me a little bit about yourself.
My name is Hannah Scott and I am the creator of HannahRuth Designs. I grew up on a farm in the small town of Deep River, CT, but am currently residing in Savannah, GA, where I recently graduated with a B.F.A. in Metals and Jewelry from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Making jewelry is my passion, specifically the processes and experimentation through materials. I love to make and adorn others in my wearable production jewelry as well as create conceptual art jewelry.
How and when did you start making jewelry and your other items?
Five or six years ago, I took a break from a college I attended in Rhode Island, and decided to take a few art classes at a local handcraft center to keep my creative cadence. I tried out metalsmithing and immediately fell in love with the process and materials. I was hooked! Not only was I inspired and driven through these techniques and mediums, I knew that I would be able to incorporate these skills and knowledge into all areas of my artwork.
When and how did you originally find Etsy?
I heard of Etsy a couple of years ago but didn’t really get involved with it until this past year. Last summer, after I had a trunk show with my sister who creates garments and accessories from vintage materials, I was encouraged by friends and family to create an Etsy shop and broaden my customer base. After graduating I finally found the time to photograph my work and get the ball rolling!
What is unique about Etsy and what about the website do you like the most in regards to your shop?
Etsy is a great resource! Nowhere else will you find a place to sell where the middle man doesn’t take a huge cut of your profit, and in regards to working for yourself, it’s like opening your own storefront without breaking the bank to cut a rent check. Probably one of the greatest things about Etsy is that you are able to market yourself all over the world and expose your vision and work to a huge customer base.
What inspires you the most in regards to your creations?
My inspiration comes from my environments – personal and global. My family, friends, travel, exploration, and the love and angst involved with all of these things. I am mesmerized with color, texture, depth, and distress, and the experimentation involved with finding new processes and materials to achieve this through jewelry.
What is your favorite piece you’ve created and why?
I couldn’t choose just one! At the moment I really love my 18K gold ‘Going Global’ earrings.I just started dabbling with gold, and though it’s expensive, I really enjoy it! These earrings are really lightweight and innovative in the way they interact with the ear. Plus I’ve incorporated one of my favorite materials, vintage maps! I also love these because I feel that they are one of the fist pieces I have created that really bridge my conceptual art jewelry style with my wearable production work. The quality is high and having a broad price range helps me to reach out to a larger audience.
What do you want to accomplish with your online shop?
I am pursuing several goals through selling my jewelry here. My personal mission is to be able to make a living through my art, while my ultimate dream is to use my creativity to aid others through humanitarian causes. I hope to use this as a vehicle to kick-start both endeavors.
Do you have any new creations in the works? If so, what can shoppers expect to see from you soon?
Yes! I am currently brainstorming and beginning the creation of a new production line. I want to draw inspiration from my recent conceptual collection ‘Roots to Branches’ ( http://hannahrscott.blogspot.com/2010/05/roots-to-branches-collection.html ) and make a more wearable line from it. I am extremely excited about this body of work because it will incorporate new materials, colors, textures, and processes.
Where can readers find out about more information regarding your jewelry and other creations and possible special offers (including additional websites, blogs, facebook, etc)?
My Etsy shop:
I recently started this personal and career oriented blog:
I am also featured in the summer 2010 issue of Creo Magazine, an online quarterly magazine focusing on visual culture from the student perspective: