About Creatively Belle
Creatively Belle was started in Sydney, Australia, in 2001 and has always been about beautiful, artisan jewellery.
Colour, light and texture are the centre of our designs for necklaces and pendants, brooches and earrings made in Southern Ice Porcelain – Australia’s finest porcelain.
Finding Creatively Belle
Creatively Belle can be found at a range of Sydney markets on the weekends. The designs can also be found in selected boutiques and now online here at Creatively Belle.
Creatively Belle Jewellery Creator
Belinda Stinson has a love for the artisan, the crafted, the locally made. “I think there is an authenticity around the hand made that is so very alluring. Having individual pieces in your daily life that tell a story is a constant source of inspiration. Daily life can be a grind, so having beauty around me gives me joy.”
Belinda comes from a family of makers with her mum being a talented and awarding winning spinner, knitter and weaver and her dad builds remote control airplanes out of balsa wood.
“My parents have always made things, mum sewed my school uniforms and play clothes as a child. I would sit at on the floor by her and make dolls clothes from the scraps.
“I was given my first little sewing machine at eight and inherited my beloved brother sewing machine when I was nine. My grandmother saw how much I was enjoying my ‘toy’ sewing machine and told mum that I was to have her new machine after she passed. I’ve made my university graduation dresses on it, my quilt tops and just about everything else I’ve machine sewn.”
So for Belinda making her living from what she crafts has been a natural progression in life. After discovering a love for beads in her late teens and a talent for design and balance, Belinda then learnt what it took to sell her work.
“I look at some of the photos of me set up at the church fete to sell my earrings and shake my head at the display! My parents were very encouraging and supportive, I think they liked the creative spark and the entrepreneurial spirit,” explains Belinda.
“I continued to make and sell jewellery designs through uni to shops and at my weekly uni market stall, but had a 10 year break from it as I became caught in the corporate world as a professional writer. My journalism degree has proved very useful and I have a love for writing,” says Belinda.
For a recent birthday Belinda bought for herself a bundle of water colour paints and this has ignited a new passion for her. Having always been a drawer moving into painting has been invigorating.
“I think it is really important to keep doing new things. I’ve had a churning feeling in my belly about painting so to be getting stuck into it is such a relief.
“I’ve given myself permission to be crap at it, recognising that I won’t instantly be as skilled and talented at any of the great masters. Instead, it is the doing that matters. And like my photography, I do quite a few images to get one that works.
“There are so many lessons and skills that are transferable and that makes doing new things even more fun”, says Belinda.
When Belinda starting working with Southern Ice Porcelain it was another process of finding a natural niche. Porcelain jewellery is a very tactile experience, it is soft and hard all at the same time. The softness comes from the surface feel. The hardness from firing.
For Belinda finding a path to living a more creative life has meant finding her own natural place in the world. “Being an artisan and making my living from what I craft is the best thing I’ve done for myself. It isn’t an easy way to make a living, but what is? Everything has it’s challenges, but doing what you love makes the tough bits that much easier to move through,” explains Belinda.
There’s an authenticity with the artisan crafted pieces, whether they are porcelain or glass or wood or whatever medium the maker is working in. And like many artists and artisans, Belinda has a passion for creativity that crosses boundaries, including writing, drawing, painting, ceramics, quilting, photography and design. All of this creative energy will hopefully come through with the blog.
Belinda is also the editor and founder of the online women’s magazine, She Inspires.