Maker Profile: Lia Hood of Lia Hood Jewelry
Meet the Maker is a series focusing on showcasing and supporting up-and-coming designers, artists and creatives. Introducing Lia Hood of Lia Hood Jewelry, a Vancouver-based line of contemporary sterling silver jewelry that are minimal enough for everyday wear yet strong enough for a big night out.
Who are you and what do you design?
My name is Lia Hood and I design and create contemporary jewellery using sterling silver and gemstones.
Tell us a bit about how you got you to where you are today.
My first foray into sharing my creations with others was about 10 years ago, when I designed and produced handbags and small accessories using vintage textiles. I initially got turned on to jewellery making through a friend who took a night school class and signed up to take a class for myself. Immediately I felt drawn to the craft and after a few more classes I had the opportunity to work with a Master Jeweller where I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and assistance. I’ve slowly been developing my skills and personal style, and am beginning to share it with a wider range of people.
If you could choose one word to describe your collection what would it be.
I’m definitely without a morning routine. I do whatever I feel like in each moment leading me up to being active in the studio later in the afternoon and evening. Usually this involves a runny egg or two, a solo dance party, and taking my dog for a walk down by the river.
Where do you find your inspiration?
My inspiration mostly comes in form of spontaneous ideas and information within my mind. I then envision the object I’d like to create, I turn it around and see it from all angles to refine it and process the steps to take to create the physical form. Sometimes ideas come to me in seeing things in the world differently from what they really are… when I take a second look, it’s actually not what I thought I first saw, but the initial spark or idea is still there to create something from.
Tell us about maintaining a balance. Do you?
I do my best, and my best varies day to day. There are many ways I wish to spend my time and many things I wish to create for myself and share with others. There are a lot of different roles to take on operating my own business, so I constantly remind myself that by using the skills I am working to develop assists me in moving forward.
Is there a designer or brand with whom you’d love to collaborate?
My friend Emily who is a visionary, a writer, and basically my muse. I love to see the way she expresses herself through her life and personal style and I know we’d create some magic together.
What advice would you give someone who is looking to launch their own business?
Set a goal, protect your goal, believe in yourself, and keep moving forward.
What’s next for you?
Continue to create pieces that form a meaningful bond with each wearer, as well as explore additional means to help empower others through the use of herbalism and creating products for self care.