Jewellery Creator Cheek Pinchy Hand Crafts Beautiful Pieces

April 6th, 2011 by wys


Artist Interview : Cheek Pinchy

Kirsten Turnbull is the creative Auckland artist behind Cheek Pinchy jewellery. A regular at lots of the Auckland markets, her work is certainly unique and one of a kind with many of her pieces one off’s that can’t be reproduced. Her work includes brooches, earrings, necklaces, bands and art-cards. We are actually thrilled to have her join us for the very first Fair!

How long have you been creating jewellery? From an early age I believed that the only folk who were inventive could draw an ideal pony out of their heads. I lived lots of my life believing I didn’t have a creative bone in my body! I’ve attempted diverse tiny projects over time but never with much success. I actually had no goal that others would see them let alone want to own any! Ideas have always bubbled about in me though and it was about 2 years back that I started the very beginnings of Cheek Pinchy. Was just the right time I guess!

How did Cheek Pinchy jewellery start? It was about 2 years ago when I was full time at home with my beautiful daughter and I really needed to have a creative outlet. I had been collecting vintage fabric and bits for years and thought I would like to have a go at sewing but my skills are VERY limited! I was finding it too frustrating and realized my passion lay with putting colour and pattern together instead of with sewing. The idea to start one off collage cards using vintage pictures was born! Inside a few months Toggle had started selling the cards and Esther Lamb encouraged me into the market scene. Over the last 2 years I have experimented with all types of projects including wall blocks and snow globes and now have a full jewelry range. I wouldn’t ever have assumed 2 years ago that I’d be doing what I do now! It has actually been a personal expansion journey and I am slowly getting over my bashfulness and underconfidence!

Describe what you create? The bulk of what I create now is the Cheek pinchy jewelry range. It’s a full range that includes brooches, rings, earrings, necklaces and bangles. The images all spring from vintage books and have been set onto a beech plywood base. I have a selection of jewelry that utilises limited numbered reproduction images and also some one off items. The most recent reproduction range is made up of typically bird, floral and botanical images. When I am getting time I adore continuing to create one off cards and wall blocks in a collage style.

What provokes you? I’m provoked by the support of my folks, the splendor of creation and the result of my gramps who always talked about the 1950’s and 60’s as ‘the golden days ‘. I have a love of all things vintage and a selected obsession with all things related to deer, birds, army and nautical themes! Also I am galvanized by colour combinations and the way that different colours awaken robust emotive reaction in folk.

What are your favourite materials to use? Why are they your favorite? My favourite material to use is vintage books particularly children’s books. I like opening them up to discover the decayed, earthy smells, the yellowed and stained pages, the front cover inscriptions and ‘extra ‘ illustrations their kid owners have given them over time.

What would you say is your biggest feat to date? I think the previous couple of years have seen my biggest accomplishments that being tackling the task of motherhood, coming to terms with issues of my very own childhood and chasing my passions through establishing Cheek Pinchy. Aside from all that I used to be a bit of a whizz at jazzercise in the 80’s. Complete along with my hot pink lycra tights, leotard and leg warmers, I used to be a force to be reckoned with!

Do you have any future plans for your jewellery? I find making future plans for Cheek Pinchy a little frightening as I am astounded by what’s happened in the last couple of years already. I definitely have some other product ideas floating around but am going to let things grow organically at this stage.

Where are your favorite places online? I whiz all over the place online mainly blog jumping but I always check in on the newest secrets on Post Secret and tantalizing finds on Etsy.
What kind of music do you like listening to while you work, if any? I have a terribly eclectic musical taste but my favourite music to work to is super kitsch 80’s pop! Nothing actually gets you going like Spandau ballet, Wham!, Cyndi Lauper, David Bowie, Culture Club, Duran Duran…did I mention Jazzercise earlier.. ?

Buy Cheek Pinchy Jewellery on Toggle.

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