If you are looking for OOAK handcrafted jewellery items for the lover of the unique, then you will love the items at SimpleeDesigns.
SimpleeDesigns and Lee:
What would you like us to know about you?My name is Lee Castle and I, with my long suffering husband and two amazing kids, live on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia. My family has always been a hands-on lot. I grew up with a seamstress mother and woodworking father. My husband has taken over the woodworking skills and I have dabbled in lots of different of different art and craft mediums. I always wanted to be an artist as I was growing up but a lack of the skills needed put paid to that notion until I discovered hand embroidery. I designed, taught and stitched my way along for years and found a talent in an unexpected place. Once, however, I discovered beads another passion was born. I still use my needles for stitching, but to create a different kind of art!
My husband’s name is SIMon Peter and mine is LEE. While I was thinking of a name, I kept saying that I wanted something simple and easy to remember, so SIMPLEE Designs it was!
How would you describe your shop?
What inspires you?I have always loved hand-blown glass and have collected a few beautiful pieces made by amazingly talented Australian artists. At an art show a few years ago I discovered lampwork beads and to use a quote...I was hooked! I love the way the beads are like little treasures in your hand, each one of them individual in their own way. The colours and textures in the beads inspire me to try to show them off to their best. Oddly enough, while I like to keep things simple in my life, I find it very hard to create simple pieces once the materials are in my hands. When I have a beautiful treasure in my hand, I often go all out to make it the star of the piece I am creating! A lovely simple idea almost always ends up a bit over the top. Most of all, I create what I love, I don’t really follow colour trends or pour over fashion magazines.
If you were shipwrecked on a desert island, what are the 3 crafty must haves?Seeing as how I would have more of the one thing that I don’t have enough of at the moment, time, that is a tricky one to answer! I guess a never-ending bead stash, endless spool of thread and lifetime supply of needles might do the trick to begin with, I always seem to need the one thing I don’t have on hand at the moment!
Is there anything else you would like to share?I am always open to create custom pieces. I love to create something special for special people!
Thanks so much Lee. It has been great getting to know you and discovering your shop and your lovely items.
Now please show Lee some support and let us know which of her pieces are your favorite from her shop! Oh...and go ahead and heart a few of her items along with her shop :)
Have a great week!