I discovered Ruth of Twilight Spells on an Etsy front page a while back. Her Soy Candle pictured above was the one that caught my eye. There’s an almost gothic feel to the glow from the tea cup… it really is gorgeous.
Ruth is passionate about recycling, vintage, salvaged and natural materials and turning them into beautiful things for the home. “I believe that good design needn’t cost the earth,” says Ruth.
I asked Ruth if she would go under the Spotlight, and she graciously agreed…
HOMETOWN: Currently Sydney, Australia but I grew up in a teeny tiny village in Germany…
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I have always been drawn to places far away and exotic, and I started off to travel and work in New Zealand a few years ago. After that I found myself working in the UK for a while where I happened to bump into this fascinating Aussie guy. After a little detour through South America we found ourselves together in Australia, first Melbourne and now Sydney. Somewhere on the way I also got married to the same Aussie 🙂
In Melbourne I worked as a Nanny and started creating on the side. First mosaics, then I discovered candle making and soy wax. I have always liked old china, and when I realised that I could turn teacups into candles it was very exciting! Eco-friendly wax and my love of up-cycling vintage discoveries all rolled into one beautiful product. That’s how my main Etsy shop, TwilightSpells, was born.
Lately I have wanted to try something different with more room for creativity. I discovered lace and eco-felt (made from plastic bottles!) as two great materials to work with and have just opened a new Etsy shop, FarAwayTales for my felt and lace jewellery. I am very lucky that I can now work towards turning my little business into a full time job!
2) What time of day are you at your creative best?
Mostly in the afternoons, after I have done the “serious” stuff, like writing emails, sending parcels, social networking, some housework etc.
3) Where do you find your inspiration? Do you have any ‘rituals’ to help put you in the creative state-of-mind?
I find inspiration in so many things! Opening my life to be a full-time creative has allowed me so much more room to let the inspiration flow from all around me. Nature is a big source of inspiration, all the different shapes and colours of plants and flowers… everything has it’s purpose, no matter how small.
I also love everything Vintage! Just looking at Vintage photos, clothes, fabrics, furniture there is so much inspiration to be found from an era before things became mass-produced. Other rich sources of my inspiration include anything Art Nouveau or Victorian, art by Gaudi, a variety of eco/fashion/homeware magazines, and the huge variety of talented artists on Etsy…
Usually I turn the computer off first thing when I want to get creative! Otherwise I end up checking Twitter or Etsy, or my email account… I often turn on music, and then it’s time to get started.
4) How do you squeeze crafting into your busy life?
I am very lucky that I can do it full time now. Crafting is my busy life:-)
5) What are you working on now?
While I’m always on the lookout for gorgeous tea cups, currently I am working a lot on my new Etsy shop. I am just trying to turn my felt and flower roses into hair pins. Brooches would also be great, I am trying to come up with some great designs that look like I spent three hours on each piece but are fairly quick to make and are as eco-friendly as possible. I guess I am mainly working on finding impossible challenges for myself;-)
6) What three tools could you not live without?
Hmmm, let me think… that would have to be
1. My digital scale that helps me to measure exact amounts of wax and fragrance.
2. My trusted Ikea saucepan that has melted litres and litres of soy wax.
3. A good pair of scissors to cut all that felt!
Thanks so much for interviewing me, it has been really fun to answer your questions! I feel like a little celebrity;-)
Thanks for going under the Spotlight Ruth!! T
To read more about Ruth’s design process check out her blog at Twilight Spells, or visit her other Etsy store -Far Away Tales – for some of her gorgeous hand-stitched felt rose chokers.