This month we have a special 3 WINNER giveaway! The fabulous Suzi Skelton from DashAngel Designs has very generously offered up a beautiful necklace, bracelet and pair of earrings from her whimsical Day of the Dead line. She uses semi precious stones for her creations including turquoise, amethyst, howlite, quartz, jasper etc. I love how she mixes natural stones into these playful designs, giving them a bit of voodoo edginess but keeping it lighthearted with bright colors. In her own words, her jewelry is inspired by a “Fantasy Land of Goddesses, Fairies, Angels, Day of the Dead, Ancient Egyptians, Mermaids, Flowers & Pirates”
These are the 3 super cute pieces you’ll be entering to win, see rules below:
3 steps~ 1)LIKE DashAngel on Facebook 2) Share her Facebook page on your Facebook page 3)Leave a comment on this post HERE saying that you did those 2 things. That’s it! (if you don’t have a facebook account, tell us your favorite item in her shop for your entry. Or Tweet!). This giveaway is worldwide, anyone can enter! I’ll pick the winner on September 10th and notify you by email (that’s why you have to put your email when you comment, but NOBODY sees it but ME!) Good luck!
Now read all about Suzi and her fabulous life as a costume designer below, don’t forget to visit her Etsy shop for all sorts of fabulous jewelry!
I’ve been making things since I was a kid, my Mum said she had to check matchboxes in case I had created some little world inside!
I guess making clothes for my dolls was next. At 15 I made decision I was going to art school and spent the lunch hours in the art room getting a portfolio together. I went at 16 and studied Printed Textile Design for 5 years and then worked as a colour technician for a fabric printers. Costume making started when a friend in a cabaret act (that pretended to be popstars of the time) asked me to make him a Prince outfit and I started making all their costumes. I then went to work in a London costumiers and after 2 years went back to art school to study Theatre Design. While there I worked as associate designer, wardrobe supervisor and also ended up as a performer…and got to work for my hero in theatre, Lindsay Kemp who taught David Bowie and Kate Bush their Mime and movement. Then it was on to wardrobe for English National Ballet,touring most of the time and working with dancers on the choreographic workshops designing and making their costumes.
Over the 90’s I designed and made costumes for 20 shows for a childrens theatre company and also worked for Welsh National Opera (but much prefer dance to Opera, it’s just not me!). I loved working for The Lindsay Kemp Company the most, we toured Italy & Spain and Japan…I never intended to be a performer but with Lindsay you get no choice!
I have always loved music and going to gigs, at art school I got to see many groups I still love and enjoy. I was a big Bauhaus fan and loved Japan too, it was a great time to be in the UK. I have even taken inspiration from some Bauhaus songs for my jewllery. I also love photography and took many photos from the wings while at the ballet. I always took my camera to gigs too in the 80’s when it was film and focusing your shots, not like now where its all digital and point and shoot (took photos for Peter Murphy in 2009 at his London show).
These days I don’t do alot as I’m looking after my disabled Mum, that’s why I started making jewllery. I had studied millernary at art school so had the equipment. I’m also making and designing a jazz dance show for someone I met on the first theatre show I worked on 25 years ago who has her own dance company now 🙂
Wow…the woman has got some serious experience! A huge thanks to DashAngel Designs for offering up these really fun and pretty pieces for our monthly giveaway. Again, LIKE her FB page, share it and leave your comment here…that’s your official entry for the contest. Winners picked on Sept. 10th, 1st number picked gets first choice and so on. Thank you everyone and good luck!!