I first discovered Sugar & Vice while I was scouring Etsy for Portal themed jewelry for a previous blog post, ‘27 Pieces of Portal Jewelry‘. Once I saw their Portal Earrings and necklaces, I became practically obsessed with Sugar & Vice ever since. Sarah the crafter and creator of Sugar & Vice was kind enough do this interview with me all the way from the U.K.! Sarah is just as awesome as the jewelry (or should I say jewellery) she makes! She has a horror movie podcast called Gorepress, she’s a gamer, comic book and action figure collector and makes her own alcohol! It gets even better, I know crazy right, but you’ll only find out from reading the interview.
Interview with Sarah of Sugar and Vice Jewelry:
Girl Gone Geek: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Sarah: Well, I guess the basics are that I’m 28, live in Canterbury and obsess over my cat; Sir Digby Chicken Caesar. I adore making jewellery but my other love is films and I also run a horror movie website and record a podcast with a friend (gorepress.com, ahem, shameless plug).
GGG: How long have you been making jewelry?
S: I think it’s around 5 years since Sugar & Vice came about and I didn’t really have much experience with jewellery before then so I suppose I’m still a beginner, comparatively!
GGG: What is Sugar & Vice origin story?
S: So many people have asked me this question and I never know how to respond. It was a happy accident! I started making bits and pieces and selling them through my MySpace page about 5-6 years ago while working for a builders merchant (which is exactly as glamorous as it sounds.) Over the years I started a bigcartel shop, then my own website and then I discovered Etsy. Things have just gone from strength to strength and it allowed me to leave my job a few years ago to concentrate on this full-time. It’s so rewarding and although it can be exhausting, it’s always enjoyable.
S: Not long after we bought the laser cutter, we’d been working with it pretty solidly in a fairly badly ventilated room and as a result started to feel a bit funny. What we thought was acrylic fumes making us think the room was moving, actually turned out to be an earthquake. Doh!
GGG: What was the inspiration behind some of your geeky and horror themed pieces?
S: Well, as I previously mentioned, I’m a huge horror movie fan so that was a no-brainer for me. As for the more geeky jewellery, my partner and I are both huge nerds. He’s an academic with two Science degrees and I collect comics and action figures. We’re both avid gamers too and there seemed to be a real gap in the market for that sort of jewellery so we thought we’d attempt to fill it. I always assumed it would be quite niche but they’ve proved to be some of our most popular pieces! I’m an enthusiastic gamer but tragically not very good and I love reading online comics and obsessing over movies.
S: Too many to possibly name! We do a lot of nameplate necklaces for roller derby girls so I think some of my favourites have been ‘Baberaham Lincoln’, ‘Annie Thingoes’ and a few logo necklaces for English teams. As for the more geeky stuff, we’ve recently done some Harry Potter themed pieces and the Naboo symbol from Star Wars [see left], both of which were a lot of fun to make.
GGG: What else do you do or other hobbies do you have besides making fabulous laser cut jewelry?
S: I’ve recently started making my own alcohol. In a strictly legitimate, non-prison wine sort of way! So far I’ve made elderberry wine, raspberry and rhubarb wine, sloe gin and a batch of ale. I love cooking too, I’m such a homebody! I’m also building up a substantial collection of colourful tattoos, much to my Mothers annoyance!
GGG: If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring? (this deserted island has electricity)
S: Hmm, good question! I think the video game would have to be Left 4 Dead (provided there was someone with me to play co-op mode), the book would have to be Girlfriend In A Coma by Douglas Coupland. Movie is a tough one, how can I pick just one?! I guess I’d have to go with something like Cecil B Demented, I love John Waters and it was my favourite movie for such a long time when I was younger. As for the TV show, that’s an easy one, it would have to be Freaks and Geeks. All the best ones get cancelled prematurely!
GGG: Where can we find you in the web (websites, online store, facebook, twitter, etc.)?
S: Well we have a very active Etsy store – etsy.com/shop/svjewellery, our own website –sugarandvicedesigns.com, and a Facebook fan page (search : Sugar & Vice) so please stop by and say hello, we’d love to hear from people who have any suggestions or custom ideas!
Sugar & Vice Jewelry Gallery
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