I met Galia almost two years ago, at a arts and crafts tea party I organized at the coffee shop. Back then, she was selling her handmade creations under the name of Noni Bam, from Romania. Soon after she moved and it didn’t took long before she opened another lovely shop, 11 compositions. I am amazed at her strength to pick up and start anew. This is why (and because she is such a lovely person, full of life and optimism) that I am ever so glad that she accepted to visit us today.
My name is Galia. I’m a 39 years old mother of 3 princesses, married to one king ;-). I’m originally from Israel, but in the past 4.5 years I’ve lived in Europe. 2.5 years in Romania and 2 years in Hungary. Moving with my family away from home opened new opportunities for me – one of them was to create jewelry. Almost a year ago a bulb turned on in my head and my ruffled ribbon jewelry were born.
What is talent? What is creativity?
I define talent as something you are born with. It’s the ability to excel in something – whether it’s art, music, academically etc. Of course one will need to practice and train, but the seed is there. Creativity is something one can learn to develop. By observing, by listening, by being curious, by exploring, by thinking, by experimenting, by trying, by failing, by trying again… Those who are both talented and creative can (potentially) reach the sky… The idea for ruffling ribbon on memory wire was born when I found ruffling ribbon to make layered bracelets as too time consuming + I needed to have an easier way of conveying the size of the bracelet (a memory wire is usually “One Size Fits All”). Experimenting. Trying. Failing. Trying again.
Does creativity need limits?
Creativity doesn’t NEED limits but it can be limited by the nature of materials, by physics. Sometimes when I create something – it starts with an idea in my head but when I try to make it, it doesn’t “behave” as it should, e.g. the ribbon is too soft / hard to make the effect that I want…
The idea for these earrings came from two small pieces of ball chain. Before throwing them to the bin I thought to myself “what can I make with these?…”
How do you fuel your creativity?
I don’t really need to fuel it, it sort of happens. Sometimes too much ;-). I find myself creating new designs whilst I’m driving. I write my ideas when I stop at a red traffic light on old parking tickets and other pieces of papers I find. I have a notebook full of them. I wish I had the time to create everything that is in that notebook… I have no idea yet how I will fuel my creativity once I feel stuck. I think that for me it happens naturally by keeping all my senses open and receptive.
What do you need in order to create?
TIME!!! With 3 children and a household – I never have enough time :-(. And if I had all the time I need? I would probably need enough space (which I also don’t have at the moment, that’s why I’m too embarrassed to show you my working space ;-)). And if I had all the space I need? I would probably ask for ribbons in all the colors, hues and tints in the world…
The bracelet below is my favorite color combination…
What is your advice for people who (try to) create?
Just go for it!!! Do what you feel like doing. What ever comes naturally. Experiment with different materials, techniques, styles and ideas. Observe. Open all your senses. If you also want to sell what you create?… well, that’s a totally different question and a totally different answer. We can try to ask Anca to add another question to this series 😉
Hope you enjoyed Galia’s visit and will stop by to say hi on her Facebook page and Etsy shop.