Welcome to Earth Balance Craft
Handmade Gift Ideas for the Home and Garden
Hand Made on the Isle of Wight, UK
Meet the owner, designer, creator and artist, Nicola.
When I was a little girl I was always drawing, painting, sticking together and making. I remember those times fondly, getting lost for hours in my own world with my wild imagination and love for creative play time. Nothing much has changed these days, I am still happiest when I am being creative.
Over the years I have developed and evolved my design skills to reflect the beauty of the natural world. My work centres around using natural materials with organic forms and contrasting textures. My ethos is to make simplistic designs that are aesthetically captivating. My metalwork style is without complication, the design takes centre stage.
I describe my work as wire art and describe myself as a cold form metal artist. I combine wire wrapping with hand-forged metal work techniques. No soldering or flames are involved in my work. My designs are tied together with wire, similar to embroidery or sewing, which creates an engineering challenge with each piece!
I enjoy exploring light play using semi-precious gemstones, crystals and glass. I use stones that absorb and reflect day light with palettes that would be at home in the great outdoors. All of my copper metal designs use a deep oxidised finish, playing with metallic depth and texture.
My designs whether for the home, garden or to be worn, are all made as pieces of art, with a wealth of love and passion going into them. I have an eye for unusual detailing and enjoy creating designs that are beautifully unique. My heart belongs to the natural world, which comes across in my designs. My inspiration is drawn from my home on the beautiful Isle of Wight, from the rolling hills to the beaches, rivers and wildlife. With each piece I aim to capture the essence and spirit of the natural world, to bring nature to life through wire art.
Meet my studio dog.
She’s a post production pooch and general all round dogsbody. A fearless hound who is ready at a moments notice for product photography and photoshop tweaking. She is a keen employee, although takes too many sick days in the summer and tends to be more interested in playing fetch than helping out. She’s a loveable tinker and is happiest swimming around the shores on the Isle of Wight, followed by a snooze under her wool blanket.