Name: Gilliauna - http://www.etsy.com/shop/Gilliauna
Where you live/grew up:
I (Gilliauna) live in British Columbia, Canada just outside of Vancouver. My business partner (TwisttheLeaf on Etsy) lives in the Seattle, Washington area. We both grew up in western Washington state in some of the most beautiful mountain regions of the world. I first met Twist when he was 9 years old and I was in my 20's. I used to baby sit for him and his twin sister and started him on the jewelry design path back at that time.
How did you get started making rosaries?
My first rosary was made at the suggestion of a friend who was having a hard time finding a child's rosary that she thought her niece would like. Through working with my friend, I was able to create a rosary that both she and her niece fell in love with and I was hooked. My business partner started making rosaries around the same time, as we were both fascinated by the creation of these pieces.
How has your faith played a role in your rosary making?
Although neither of us that create items in our shop are Catholic, we both believe in the strength and beauty of faith. It's in this belief in faith that we both find great joy in making the rosaries we offer in our shop as well as those given as gifts from time to time to other family, friends and acquaintances.
Where do you see your rosary business going?
It is a great pleasure to design rosaries for those who love and need them. In time, I hope that our business will grow to include more custom rosaries that will become traditional pieces in people's lives and heirlooms that are passed down through generations.
Are there any new things you'd like to make?
We create a variety of items in our shop from rosaries to jewelry, accessories and more. We're always experimenting with new styles and ideas and I have recently begun making rosary bracelets, which I enjoy a great deal and plan to continue to make more of.
Share a special rosary story of one that you sold/gave away:
I was recently commissioned to create a rosary for a woman whose grandmother had passed. This piece was designed and made to be in the memory of her grandmother and we worked together to choose both the colors as well as the accents such as the center and cross. It was a great pleasure for me to make such a touching piece and to hear how happy she was with the piece when it was completed and arrived at her home.
Give one reason why someone should buy your handmade rosary over a rosary purchased in a store.
In such an important piece as personal rosaries that have the potential to become heirloom pieces passed down through generations, being handmade holds special significance. A handmade rosary creates a personal touch to the piece and contains an attention to detail that impersonal commercial rosaries lack.
"Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual." -Arthur Koestler
Bits n' Beads by Gilliauna
Handmade Artisan Jewelry Rich in Color and Quality