Isabelle Kapsaskis: jeweler inspired by nature
How long have you been a member of the co-op?
I have been a member since May 2019.
How would you describe your work?
I feel blessed to have been in this business for ten years. To be able to make a living from my art is an opportunity for me. I am inspired by nature, its beauty, textures and forms. My jewellery has many textures, movements and colours. They are malleable and can be worn in different ways. I don't like to stay in one place, nor do my pieces; they have to fit on the person wearing them and be adaptable.
I am always creating, I am always thinking of new pieces. I don't like routine- doing the same production over and over again doesn't nourish me. That's why I change, why I design new collections every year.
As an artisan, what do you get out of being part of the cooperative?
A few years ago, I had a craft shop and I became burned out from work. I couldn't make my jewelry anymore, I was just managing the shop. Being part of the Co-op is the best of both worlds for me. I can create my own jewellery and be part of a collective project of representation, and gain awareness of several crafts. It's being part of a beautiful and large colourful family that works hard to showcase the work of our artisans. To consume locally is more and more important for our society, for our economy, I am proud to be able to contribute to this movement.
Do you have a memory or milestone related to the co-operative that you would like to share with us?
My highlight was certainly my interview in front of the members, I don't remember what I said at all! It's so impressive to talk and sell your product in front of so many people. But the next day, I got a call that I was accepted...I floated on my cloud for a good week!
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