Art Star: What materials do you work with?
Devin McNutt: I make jewelry from vintage tin canisters, boxes and trays. I’ve been collecting these tins over the years by scouring flea markets, yard sales and antique stores. Most of them were manufactured during the mid 20th century in England and Holland and were used to package loose tea, cookies and candy. They now line the walls of my studio and serve as a colorful paint palette of sorts, from which I draw my inspiration.
AS: How are your items made? Describe your process.
DM: I start by breaking down a tin from it’s three dimensional form into flat sheets of metal. Then, based on the printed designs, I select an eye-catching portion, draw a shape to highlight it and cut it out. The edges of the tin are then carefully sanded and ground down to a smooth finish. Holes are drilled and the tin component is then used to create a unique piece of jewelry by riveting, wire wrapping or embellishing with beads and chain.
AS: Who are some of your favorite artists?
DM: One of my favorite artists is Alexander Calder. Better known for his famous sculptures and mobiles, Calder is, in my opinion, a wire jewelry genius. Every time I page through my 10 pound ‘Calder Jewelry’ book my brain is flooded with ideas and I can’t stop myself from running to my studio…
AS: Are you able to make your work full-time? If not, what do you do for your day job?
DM: I’ve managed a bead store for the past 6 years, where I teach classes, help customers design jewelry and do lots and lots of repairs. Recently, I made an exciting (yet scary!) change to reduce my hours at the shop to only one day a week. With my full focus on my business, I hope that Saffron Creations will really be able to blossom.
AS: What types of items will you be selling at the bazaar?
DM: With my recent career change I have so much more time to do what I really love: make jewelry. This spring, I am excited to have my biggest inventory of work… ever! There is sure to be something for everyone.
Check out Saffron Creations in person at the May 11th & 12th Art Star Craft Bazaar. She’ll be at booth #70!