Each month, Miranda van den Heuvel talks to creative people in Luxembourg and says “look, Luxembourg is creative! Here’s how and where!” The August talk is with jewelry maker Sandra Wersand-Quell.
1. What is CREATIVITY?
Creativity is taking things you’ve seen, heard or experienced, turning them around, taking them apart and combining them in a new way to get something that didn’t exist before.
2. How are you creative?
I produce one-of-a-kind jewelry in silver (qreations.lu or monbijou.lu). I like to use pearls, stones and enamels to embellish my creations. In addition to the prêt-à-porter jewellery, I have a special collection called IMPRESSIO that features individual hand prints, foot prints, finger prints or paw prints of babies, children, adults or pets. These pieces are a firm favorite of young mothers, fathers and grandparents.
I also teach a variety of jewelry making classes. They take place in different locations usually in the south west of Luxembourg or in people’s homes.
3. Suggest a simple creative activity to our readers that can make them more creative
You can take a class, for example a jewelry class. On my website, I offer different types of classes, from a silver jewellery taster class (Art Clay Schnupperkurs) to more advanced classes.
If you want to boost your creative side, why not try your hand at jewelry making while taking advantage of an experienced teacher to help you develop your ideas and conquer the technical side of the process. Every participant will take a finished piece of jewelry home with them.
4. What are your top 3 websites for creative inspiration?
- Pinterest: you can admire what others have created as well as look for inspirational photos of nature, architecture, geology etc.
- You can join a facebook group of people working with a medium you like or generally producing a certain type of things
- Yahoo offers the possibility to join groups where you can look at people’s work, upload pictures of your own creations and discuss all aspects of your work.
5. What are your 3 tips to become more creative in Luxembourg?
- Take a walk through nature with open eyes. Look at leaves, stones, insects… Luxembourg has a wide variety of different natural habitats like the rocky forests of Mullerthal, the sweet slopes of the wineyards along the Mosel or the rough quarries of the former mining area in the south west with their abundance of wild flowers and butterflies.
- Visit a festival or a fair. Luxembourg offers a wide variety of events like medieval fairs in old castles – such as the Festival Médieval in Vianden or Tempus Medieval in Koerich – craft fairs in Luxembourg City as well as in many villages around the country, or performance festivals like the Street Art Animation in Luxembourg City (usually in August). There’s a lot of inspiration to be found for those with open eyes.
- Take a craft class. In a group of like-minded people you can get those creative juices flowing. There are a variety of classes available in Luxembourg.
6. What’s your suggestion to make Luxembourg a more creative, innovative place?
Be creative yourself! Support local creativity by buying from local artists and artisans.
Sandra Wersand-Quell, interviewed by Miranda van den Heuvel, August 2014