Monday, October 11, 2010

Interview with the artist - Meredith Hilt Designs

By N Valentine Studio

Featured artist - Meredith Hilt from Meredith Hilt Designs, Bluemont, VA

Meredith's pieces are unique and often make me wonder, how did she do that. Combining metals can tricky, yet Meredith does it with flair and creativity. My favorite piece of her is her Double Horse Head pendant.

Meredith is a talented metalsmith, read below to find out some insights into her wonderful work.

What is your other craft?
Oh, where do I start?? I also paint, sculpt, design puppetry, ceramics, collage, pastel, crochet, knit, garden ...

How long have you been working in your medium?
I've been making jewelry for about 3 years.

What drew you to this medium?
I've always adored jewelry - especially sterling silver. I started with beading and found I could purchase silver. It took off from there.

What is your favorite thing about your art?
Being able to wear my creations - and collect the compliments!

What's your favorite piece?
While not my best piece, my favorite is a horse head I did in scrimshaw (with old piano key ivory) and mounted in a silver setting.

What's the hardest piece you've ever made?
I find making commission pieces the most difficult. There's something about having to make something for someone in particular. Most items I make, I make to please myself - if someone falls in love with it, all the better. With commission work you have to design, hoping to please one individual.

What's the one favorite tool you cannot live without?
Ooo, that's a tough question. I think I'm torn between my simple, every day round nose pliers and my acetylene torch.

What's your favorite thing about your workspace or studio?
Being able to zone the world out by putting on my ear buds, listen to a good audio book, and play with my metal and super cool tool-toys.

Who or what inspires you?
As a painter I'm often stymied by my muse - but I'm constantly looking at things and seeing jewelry pieces. I recently saw an odd pattern in a carpet that inspired me to run home and make an animal pin!

What's your favorite inspirational saying?
"You can and should shape your own future. If you don't, something else will."

What's one thing you've never done you always wanted to do?
I really would like to try my hand at iron work; large scale blacksmithing!

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galadryl said...

Love the double horse head. Great to get to know Meredith a bit better. Very interesting ambition to do some blacksmithing, cool.

mcstoneworks said...

Very interesting! Meredith has a lot of different artistic skills. Enjoyed learning a little more about her. Love the scrimshaw piece.

tjrjewellery said...

Great article! Great work Meredith and thanks for the glimpse of your studio (always love seeing how others set up).

faeriiidust said...

Meredith your workspace looks so clean and organized! LOL

Love the double horse head! Thanks for sharing your work with us!

Cat said...

It's always fun to get to know people better, thanks for sharing!
Don't forget to share once you get to the blacksmithing ;-)

Danagonia said...

Nice to know more about Meredith!!

Anonymous said...

Meredith, you have an incredible range of talent, and it's nice to know more about you. I'm envious of your workspace!

BeadSire said...

I love these artist profiles, its always good to get to know a member of the team a little bit better

Carole said...

In addition to the great work, I am really impressed by the organized workspace!

Rita alias alatvian said...

Many thanks to both of you for sharing!

Alegria Designs said...

Great interview,nice to know Meredith a little better. Blacksmithing, that's cool!

Cassie said...

Meredith, thank you for sharing with us! I love seeing the interviews... it's so interesting to see what inspires people and to see some of their beautiful work, too!

Ramona said...

We are getting to Meredith a little more...and she's sharing her work space with us, too. I wanna have an organized space like that!

Kady said...

I've been a fan of Meredith's work for awhile now! I was interested to hear about the blacksmithing bit too. It's something I've thought about trying before myself!

Bonnie said...

Meredith sounds like a multi-talented woman. We are lucky to have her in our group. Thank you for letting us get to know her a little better.