Wednesday, August 29, 2012

In My Corner with Cyndie Smith Designs

Cyndie Smith Designs makes these beautiful handcrafted metal jewelery.  I love her style and craftmanship.  Today she is sharing her space where she works to all our FEST followers.  We are a very lucky group in that we encourage our members participation in this blog and other great things.  We talk to each other frequently through team chats and give each other advice!!! If you are an etsian and live in FL I strongly reccommend our FEST community!!!
This is Cyndie's main work space where she keeps as much in reach as possible.  I imagine that when working with hot metal you want be sure you are not stopping when you need something and spending half an hour looking for it in a drawer. 
She shared with me that she is addicted to tools the more the merrier in her life and she can not live without her hydraulic press on the the left (below)! It is the tool of choice for her signature folded pieces like the one pictured above. 

A great storage item in her office is the peg board behind her workspace. (pictured) She can find almost everything at a glance and it keeps her as organized as she can be. She said "Usually you'll find a pile of tools and metal on my desk, particularly when I'm in the middle of a project, so I'm pretty organizationally challenged!"  Aren't most of us on that same page.  I have featured a couple of people who are awesome organizers but I wasn't included in the bunch. 
Cyndie had an awesome back ground story that I want to share. 
She stated, "I never meant to be a metalsmith, and actually wanted to return to pottery after a lengthy spell in the Corporate world. I was on my way to a pottery class when I spied a lady in another room holding a torch to metal. I was fascinated and wandered in to watch and was hooked from that day forward. I love experimenting and playing with the torch and other tools to see what happens. Some of it is creativity and some of it is physics...'for every action, there's a reaction!'"
Her inspirations come from nature mostly which you can see in a lot of her work. However, she has a deep love for graffiti of all types and is often inspired by what she sees. During her travels she photographs graffiti that inspires her.
"My art is bold and the woman who wears my designs is not afraid to stand out in a crowd and dares to be different!" stated Cyndie and I totally agree with her. Thank you for sharing your space!


  1. Great space! Great write up. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I envy her neat organized workspace!

  3. Thanks so much for the feature! I admit to not being as organized as my space looks in these photos!!! I try, I really try....but as Barbara stated, I usually have a pile of tools and metal on my work space table when working!