Thursday, July 28, 2011

Promoting the Promoter

In this blog post I get to talk about one of my favourite Handmade people. I get to talk about a lady who gives a lot of her time and energy to the promotion of Handmade, as well as being an incredible artist herself.
Kimberley Kitchen, sometimes known as Makin' The Best of It, is one half of the incredible duo behind the Handmade Artists' Forum and Shop. This is a lady with an immense amount of talent. Not only does she handpaint glasses and framed wedding invititations, she also makes chainmaille. That's right, those wonderful intricate weavings of little rings of metal in to wearable pieces of art.
The focus of this blog post is Chainmaille by MBOI (Makin' the Best Of It - see). Let's be clear, there is a duo here, Kimberley and Andrew, but let's focus on Kimberley (Andrew doesn't need anything to swell his head more :P) This lovely lady makes some amazing pieces of chainmaille jewellery, and if she likes a weave but doesn't know how to make it she will learn it. And one of the things I love the most is that in most of her pieces she let's the chainmaille do the talking, instead of overwhelming it with lots of beads or focals. Whilst there is nothing wrong with adding beads, it is also great to see someone focus on the beauty of chainmaille by itself.
I'm going to stop talking now, and let you see more of her work (and Andrew's :D) Oh and you need to click this link to ChainmaillebyMBOI ... because that's where the good stuff is!

I want to take this opportunity to thank Kimberley and Andrew for all their support in the time we have known each other. I am honoured to count you amongst my friends.


Speranza Jewelry said...

A great post about a fabulous artist. Kimberly continues to inspire us with her jewelry, hand-painted glassware, and her unfailing support of the handmade community.

MakinTheBestOfIt said...

Thank you so much for all the kind words, and for keeping Andrew's head in check!

Handmade Artists' Forum said...

Sorry it took me soooo long to comment just trying to get my head through the door!
Thanks so much Haffina for speaking so kindly about my beautiful wife. We will get down under one day to see you promise!
Handmade Artists' Shop

trusk4u said...

What a wonderful post you wrote! Of course she is a wonderful person and all of us at HAF are blessed to have her (and Andrew) in our lives!They are our biggest and best cheerleaders!