My name is Britta Boeckmann and I am 24 years old. I grew up in a tiny town called Garrel in northwest Germany. After finishing my industrial design studies in 2013, my partner and I moved to Australia. We live in Melbourne, where I create jewelry made from Australian wood and resin. My shop is called BoldB.
I think many designers and artists get inspired from others’ work, and I love reading design magazines like Dwell, Wallpaper*, Dezeen or Architectural Digest. My biggest source of inspiration is the nature that surrounds me. Australia’s flora and fauna is unbelievably beautiful, and when I find a lovely piece of wood it gives me thousands of ideas as to what I could do with it.
Because I enjoyed working in a large workshop during my studies, I decided to get a membership at Wangaratta Woodworkers Inc when I moved to Australia. Their workshop has great facilities, and the members are incredibly friendly and skilled. My fellow woodworkers gave me their off-cuts, and I quickly fell in love with these beautiful Australian timbers. I started combining the wood with resin to add a colorful element to my creations. After many experiments, I figured out a process to successfully combine the two materials.
In February 2014, I started selling my creations on Etsy and instantly got good feedback, which encouraged me to continue. In April 2014, my partner and I moved from Wangaratta to Melbourne, and I invested in a small workshop space so that I could work full time to produce items for my Etsy shop. I still often visit the lovely Wangaratta Woodworkers and they continue to save interesting off-cuts for my creations. I also collect wood with my partner’s father, who is an environmental biologist; he is able to identify the various types of wood we find, and often how old they are.
Etsy means a lot to me. This platform enabled me to found my own little business and to pursue what I love to do. Thanks to Etsy, I am able to sell my products all over the world and get great recognition for my work. In the future, I plan on continuing to work with Australian timbers and widen my product range. I hope to bring out a table lamp and wall clock collection in 2015. I also want to expand my jewelry range; I’m currently producing pendants, earrings, rings and brooches, but I also want to start making bangles, hair clips and cuff links.