Gilliauna Davis of Bits n Beads is a self-taught jewellery designer whose life since childhood has been influenced by artisan endeavours and filled a healthy dose of encouragement for creativity. Colour has always been a great inspiration for her, and this is reflected in her life as well as in every piece of jewellery she makes. With a creative process that’s based half on creativity and half on instinct, each colourful piece she designs has a vibrant personality all its own.
Why did you get into jewellery design?
I come from a long line of women artisans. Each generation of women in my family has had certain talents. My mother sews, embroiders and makes wonderful candy and candles. My grandmother dabbled in just about everything. My great-grandmother made lace and did breathtaking embroidery. My mother started me out very early looking for what crafts and activities would inspire my creativity and make it flourish. Jewellery design was one of these activities and it has grown over the years, nurtured by my love for beauty and colour.
Tell us a bit about your company.
I believe that the colours that surround us add an extra level of beauty and richness to each and every day of our lives. There are many times when colour isn’t just seen, it’s experienced through more than one or even all of the senses and even the emotions. Colors can lift you up, calm you down. Make you happy or sad. People often feel as if certain colours have a flavor, scent or “feel” to them. With my company, I strive to help add a little extra colour into the lives of those that wear the jewellery I’ve made. I feel that it’s my way to reach out to others and make each of their days just a little brighter and a little more enjoyable with my pieces.
How would you characterize your style?
Colourful and eclectic. I use a variety of different types of beads and styles in my work in order to create a unique and colourful “look” for each piece of jewellery. I often use vintage beads in my work, as well, and feel that doing so often can lend a unique personality to a piece that you can’t otherwise find.
Who are your clients?
I sell locally among friends, friends of friends and others who contact me through word of mouth or my website. Women of all walks of life love colour and I’m happy to say my clients are varied both here in Vancouver as well as in those who contact me through online resources.
What do you think moms should know about your jewellery?
I create colourful, quality jewellery that’s carefully designed to be affordable (and wearable!) for the everyday woman. I know how busy moms’ lives can be and with a hectic life, I think it’s important to be able to have a couple of vibrant pieces that can really brighten up your everyday, as well as be “dressed up” to be showcased for special events. Each piece of jewellery I make is lovingly crafted to be enjoyed for many years to come and I stand by my work and its quality.
Where can people buy your jewellery?
Etsy, 1000Markets, Artfire, Zibbet – I sell on each of these sites and people are able to find them all via my website hub. The site contains links to each of the places I sell online as well as connects to my blog, Facebook page and email. I’m also always willing to meet with people in person if they are local in order to collaborate on a custom piece. I have had a few of my customers contact me through email from my website in order to set this up.
Anything else to add?
I absolutely adore working with a customer to create custom, personalized pieces especially for them or for their loved ones. Some of the pieces I’m most proud of were commissioned in this manner. I’m always happy to take inquiries and answer questions.