5 questions with CELTIC winner Lynn Hedgecock

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Lynn Hedgecock, one of the winners of Facet's March 2017 Design Challenge, CELTIC, lives in Cary, NC. Originally from Rochester, NY, she has lived on both coasts, having called the San Francisco Bay area and San Diego home as well. The married mother of four has a degree in political science and works full-time at a leading analytic software company -- far removed from design concepts! She designs and sells her jewelry as LH Jewelry Design.

ARE YOU A PROFESSIONAL JEWELRY-MAKER, OR IS THIS A HOBBY? HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN CREATING?

I’ve been doing some sort of craft ever since I was little, when my mother enrolled me for a while in a craft-a-month club. I taught myself crocheting and knitting, dabbled in quilting, and moved on to a serious love of counted cross-stitch. About 10 years ago I started stringing jewelry, making soccer-themed earrings and bracelets as a fundraiser for our oldest daughter’s soccer team. Over time, I wanted to branch out beyond stringing; I admired the versatility of seed beads, so I taught myself peyote and have been expanding my repertoire of techniques ever since.

Most of what I’ve learned is self-taught through books, magazines (Bead & Button, Beadwork) and online instructions. There are some amazing designers out there, who generously share their knowledge and lessons learned. I’ve also worked with a local beading group in the past, and was fortunate enough to attend the Bead and Button Show a couple times.

LMH Simbircite

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE MATERIALS TO USE IN YOUR WORK?

My pieces tend to be traditional and simple, not overly elaborate or flamboyant, with clean lines and symmetrical designs. Also, I’m a huge fan of autumn - the colors, the smells, and the air – so I frequently work in earth tones, coppers and bronze. [Favorite material] is a tough question, my favorite tends to be whatever cabochon I most recently fell in love with. Looking through my stash, there is an abundance of jaspers with some Kyanite and Labradorite. My newest love is Simbircite. I almost always have some Swarovski crystals in my designs, for just that little touch of sparkle.

Usually what happens is I find a cabochon that catches my eye, something where the design is unique or the colors keep drawing my eye.  Here is an example is a pendant I made a few months back with a piece of Simbircite; I had never heard of it before, and was intrigued by the fossilized ammonite with pyrite running through. The color combination of amber and dark silver was lovely.

HAVE YOU EVER WORKED IN DIFFERENT STYLES/MEDIUMS?

Most of my work is bead weaving and bead embroidery. I’ve tried chain mail, and taken classes in Viking Knit and metalwork, but I keep coming back to seed beads. My preference is techniques that do not require pre-stringing the beads, so while I admire the techniques, you usually won’t find Kumihimo or bead crochet in my designs.
LMH at work
LMH Must Haves

WHAT IS YOUR WORKSPACE LIKE? WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO BEAD?

I prefer working either out on the deck or in the kitchen where there is lots of natural light. My supply area is rather crowded and dark, with no great place to work, so lots of trips up and down the stairs to get beads and things.

NAME TWO THINGS THAT YOU ALWAYS HAVE WITH YOU WHEN YOU WORK.

Two things? Diet Coke. And a second Diet Coke!

I really don’t have anything that unusual in my workspace. I am a huge fan of organizational items and am always on the lookout for something small and compact, especially when travelling. Two things that I always have with me: one is an Altoids tin where I store my needles (and a tube for broken needles). The other is a small plastic round container with hinged lid I found at the Container Store, it works perfectly as a trash can.

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WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON?

I am currently focusing on carved stones, and recently finished a pendant with a dragon carved in Succor Creek jasper. The latest project is almost done, and is a Native American theme with carved skull (also Succor Creek jasper). Both are bead embroidered pieces.

WHERE CAN PEOPLE SEE MORE OF YOUR WORK?


I have a store on ArtFire and a Facebook page, and you can find me at Raleigh, NC’s Artsplosure festival this year, May 19-21, 2017. This is the first time I’ve participated in this event, and am very excited to have been accepted as an artist!
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