My name is Evan Fleming. I live in Bangor, Northern Ireland. I design and create a range of quirky, bespoke jewellery from my garden shed.
What made you want to be a maker?
I have a passion for making things by hand. I grew up in a creative environment where experimenting with ideas was encouraged and fostered. From an early age, I had a burning ambition to create. My work is not an intellectual process - for me, the creation of the work is a spiritual exercise. This process of creation, from concept to completion, gives me a sense of pride and happiness.
Why should people support your business/products?
We live in a disposable, throwaway culture. I want to create items with meaning - objects that will acquire memories and personal significance like a patina. I enjoy working closely with clients, seeing their ideas translated into beautiful, decorative jewellery.
Favorite product that you make?
I recently made a large bangle out of square silver wire. Finished beautifully with sixty grit sandpaper.
List five of your favorite tools.
1. Crossing Needle File- I use this for everything. It’s shaped like a squashed oval. It’s very therapeutic to use.
2. Sixty Grit Sandpaper- This creates a beautiful texture, using the scratches to reflect the light.
3. Rawhide Mallet- A great tool for reshaping my work. I couldn’t work without one.
4. Bench Peg- I couldn’t live without it, each groove and mark has a purpose and a story.
5. Jam Jars- My bench would be a mess if it weren’t for empty Jam Jars and Glass pots.
(photographs from Ross McConaghy)
Make : Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul
Film : Lalage Snow
Make : Annette Gabbedey
Film : David Hedges
Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: A Workshop in Painting with Fire by Barbara Lewis
The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd
The Compleat Meadmaker : Home Production of Honey Wine by Ken Schramm
previously mentioned books :
Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre by Brett L. Markham
A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store’s Guide to Chicken Keeping by Robert Litt and Hannah Litt
The Way to Make Wine: How to Craft Superb Table Wines at Home by Sheridan Warrick
Making Trousers for Men & Women by David Page Coffin
Hand Tools: Their Ways and Workings by Aldren A. Watson
The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments by David Lebovitz
How To Make Whiskey: A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Whiskey by Bryan A Davis
A Practical and Philosophical Guide to Building a Cob Cottage by Ianto Evans, Michael G. Smith, Linda Smiley
Lugged Bicycle Frame Construction by Marc-Andre R. Chimonas
The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally by Michael Bush
Backyard Blacksmith by Lorelei Sims
How to Make Books by Esther K. Smith
Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn
The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks by Amy Stewart
The Ashley Book of Knots by Clifford W. Ashley
From the Neck Up: An Illustrated Guide to Hatmaking by Denise Dreher
The Art of Hand Sewing Leather by Al Stohlman
Leathercraft Tools by Al Stohlman
Smart Soapmaking by Anne L. Watson
How to Brew by John J. Palmer
Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking by Gianaclis Caldwell
Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology by Jonathan Natelson, William Cumpiano
Watchmaking by George Daniels
The Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt
Canoecraft : An Illustrated Guide to Fine Woodstrip Construction by Ted Moores
Shirtmaking: Developing Skills For Fine Sewing by David Page Coffin
The Bread Baker’s Apprentice by Peter Reinhart
Complete Metalsmith by Tim McCreight
The Unplugged Woodshop by Tom Fidgen