My Space: Palomita
This month in our ‘My Space’ series we’re peeking behind the scenes at Palomita HQ. With jars of pom-poms and beads galore we’re already in heaven! Let’s hand over to:
Francesca Herrera of Palomita
I used to rent a room at my parents house as my workshop, but when my parents decided to move to a smaller house a couple of months ago I had to find a new place for my creations to be made.
I was incredibly fortunate to find a work space at Rodhus Studios…
Founded in 2011, Rodhus studios provide workspace for creatives. It houses over 30 makers,designers and artists here at the Brighton site. They range from photographers, through to woodworkers, doll makers, screen printers, musicians, fashion and product designers a hackspace and more besides.
An industrial building on this scale is rare in a city like Brighton. The aim has always been to preserve the factory as a vibrant work hub where people physically make and do things. In essence, Rodhus is a community of creative businesses under one roof, a collaboration that allows for cheaper overheads with the added benefit of interdisciplinary influence and support. Not only is it a great space but my parents moved literally just across the road! Which means I can continue to steal their food when it’s lunch time!
It’s so wonderful working in such a creative environment, I share my workspace with two silversmiths and one leather maker. Doing this has already encouraged me to use different techniques in my jewellery work, such as hammering wire and metal plates.
At the moment I have started to create my own handmade hoop earrings, I find it a little hard to get them exactly same size as each other… but I think this makes them special! That’s what makes handmade jewellery so much nicer than factory made products, there is beauty in imperfection.
There are a million and one different jewellery tools, but I always just end up using four trusty pliers. Two ‘flat nose’ which squashes and bends, one ‘snipper’ which cuts and one pair of ‘round nose’ pliers which helps creates smooth hoops.
I have recently bought myself a loom!! I love textiles; whilst recently researching the possibility of buying in some wall hangings for FLOCK I decided that I would have a crack at it myself. I made my first mini one a few days ago. It took ages! I’m hoping that I will get quicker, it may be that I only make a few at a time and they will be a labour of love more than anything, but I loved making it so totally worth it.
Have you experimented with any new crafts recently?
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