Meet the Crafters: Aflame Creations Jewelry
Fresh from an inspiring trek to Northern India (we eagerly followed along on Instagram), Megan Archer is back just in time for our spring market. Megan is the creative force behind Aflame Creations, a line of vibrant enamelled copper jewelry that includes colourful and joyful pieces for everyday wear. Megan is a member of the Halifax Crafters Society Board and our incredibly helpful volunteer coordinator. She also happens to have world’s cutest accounting assistant:
What is your process?
Enamels are colored glass powders that I melt onto copper in a kiln at 1500F. That’s the short description – there are less interesting steps in the process like cleaning and preparing the copper, polishing and finishing… but the most fun part for me is applying and layering colours, creating different patterns.
How long have you been a crafter?
Almost 7 years.
What is your background/How did you get started?
I studied in Cultural Anthropology and have a somewhat eclectic resume, but years ago I took evening classes in pottery and jewelry to alleviate the boredom of my 9-5 day job. Eventually my day job came to an end – I knew I didn’t want another one, so I took the plunge into crafting, juggling multiple part time jobs all the while. It was totally worth it.
Why do you do what you do?
I’ve always needed a creative outlet… working with my hands and making things calms and focuses me immensely. I also enjoy the learning curve of running a small business – it’s never boring!
When you’re not selling at Crafters markets, where can I find your work?
I have a booth upstairs at the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market every Saturday, and my website has a list of retailers that sell my work. You can also order online at aflamecreations.ca
What makes Halifax Crafters different from other shows?
The vibe! It’s fun, lively and uplifting. There are always new things to see. For me, visitors and crafters alike have been friendly, appreciative and supportive during the shows.
What inspires you to create?
Our surroundings in Nova Scotia are so beautiful, we are very fortunate… so there are many botanical and oceanic themes to my designs. A while back I lived for years in Europe and Africa, and continue to travel when I can – the shapes and colours of the local clothing and architecture on my journeys always seeps in and influences my work.
Where do you do your work?
My studio is in the Rosedale Art Parlour in Dartmouth. It’s a shared space – several other crafters work there as well, it’s a lot of fun!
What kind of music do you listen to while you work?
Anything from folk to prog rock to hip hop… as long as it’s good. In the studio we often blast music, and sometimes listen to podcasts – Star Trek and murder mysteries are always fun. I love listening to the Gyuto monks chanting, but I do that in my headphones. 🙂
A place you love?
I recently returned from 2 months in Dharamshala, northern India. It’s home to the Dalai Lama and a large Tibetan refugee community, and it has completely captured my heart. I will definitely be returning!
Come see Megan’s collection and the rest of the awesome Crafters community at our Spring Market!