Liz says she's inspired by geometry, growth patterns in nature, and repetitive structures and processes.
refolded map brooch
What first attracted you to begin working with paper as your medium?
I began working with paper when I was at college. I find it to be exceptionally versatile as a material and if a mistake is made, it's not expensive to replace and, of course, paper is ecologically sound. Artist's books - the book as an art form in its own right - interested me, especially sculptural ones. The paper jewellery came directly from this interest. I consider some of the necklaces I make to be sculptural Artist's Books as they are complete books.
folded book necklaceZipporah necklace
Have you always enjoyed working with your hands?
Yes, always. Paper is fantastic as it's so direct, your only tool is your fingers. I also find the whole process of making to be very therapeutic and almost what I imagine meditating to be like.
manga water balloon necklace
Have you studied design and/or does your sense of creating and style come to you naturally?
I studied art when I was younger and then as a mature student, I went back to college in the town where I live (Macclesfield, Cheshire, England) to study at a higher level. I earned a diploma in Fine Art which took me three years part-time. I think I've always been pretty okay at art and design, but I feel doing a diploma made me better.
refolded map bracelet
Are you, or would you like to be, a full-time artist?
I would love to be a full-time artist although I do enjoy my normal day job too. It's good to have a definite reason to get away from my art work as it gives me time to think where to take it next. I don't have a very taxing day job and luckily it's only part-time. I think being an artist who works alone at home might be a bit lonely. Having said that though, I would love to give being a full-time artist a go.
Dandy comic book necklace
Do you show/sell your work in galleries?
At present my jewellery is sold in local galleries and through the art group I belong to. I have also sold to people who have contacted me by email (liz.hamman at googlemail dot com) who have seen my work on Flickr. I was contacted by the National Glass Centre in Sunderland earlier this year who put some of my work in their showcase; I sell with them now, too. I don't have an online shop yet, but plan to get that sorted out early in the New Year.origami folded book
Do you frequently wear your own paper jewelry? How do people react to it?
Yes, I do wear my own jewellery, but normally only if I am going out. People are usually very complimentary about my work, although there have been a few people that really don't like the idea of me cutting up maps. I hasten to say all the books and maps I create with have been read/used... I never cut new ones!
Japanese brocade origami beads Bangle made from The Ladybird Read It Yourself series, Goldilocks & the Three Bears.
Monopoly money brooch