I know Clarisa Lima from Facebook:) She is one of my active friends here. I invited her to an interview on our site because I thought it would be interested to see some contemporary handmade jewelry made from cinnamon, metal wire and organza ribbons. Then I discovered her wooden rings that are so lovely: ring toys in shape of small books, orange slices or stones and wanted to share her treasures with you. More about her jewelry design, her passions and story below, in a small interview. Thank you!
1.Tell us about yourself.
My name is Clarisa and I love making original jewelry. After studying Portuguese and French at the Bucharest University I received a scholarship for 1 year in a university in Portugal, I fell in love with this wonderful country and I’ve been living here for 12 years now. A few years ago I moved to the Algarve, which is located in the very south of Portugal. The beauty of the landscape, the pleasant weather, the clear blue sky and the proximity of the Ocean inspired me and got me started into creating jewelry.
2.Apart from creating, what do you do?
I work as a free-lancer translator, which gives me the freedom to organize my own time, every day. The Portuguese language is my true love and it brought me to this lovely country.
3.Where does your inspiration come from?
I find inspiration everywhere around me, in nature, in the beautiful light, in the exotic landscape, which put me into a creative mood. My creations are based on my own concept called Coryamor, which stands for COR (in Portuguese, it means COLOUR) & AMOR (LOVE, in Portuguese).
4.What does your work mean to you?
Making jewelry is the happiest and the most colorful part of my day. I love the translating work as well, especially when I deal with literature, but sometimes it can be a very unchallenging process. Therefore, sitting at the table in my improvised studio is usually the best moment of the day, when I can relax and let my imagination run loose. That makes me really happy.
5.When did you know you were an artist / maker?
When I was a child I used to draw all the time, making postcards and decorations. Later on, when I moved to Portugal, I begun painting traditional pottery and tiles with non-conventional designs.
6.What are your favorite materials?
My favorite materials are undoubtedly those found in nature: I just love minerals, semi- precious stones, wood, pine cones, cinnamon… I like to combine them with wire, organza, plastic, cotton strings.
7.When you want to relax you…
When I want to relax I make jewelry or I listen to music.