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Interview With A Blogger: The Noisy Plume, Jillian Lukiwski

Today I’m completely honoured to be sharing an interview with the author of one of the very first blogs I started reading, way back in 2008. I can’t even remember how I first stumbled upon this lovely lass, but I think you’ll that Jillian Lukiwski, aka The Noisy Plume, is a gem!

Interview With A Blogger: The Noisy Plume, Jillian Lukiwski

Greetings, Jillian!

What prompted you to start blogging?

I started blogging when I opened my Etsy shop, seven years ago. I wanted a way to share my life with the folks who were supporting my metal work and I wanted a way to document our lives, record some of my thoughts and organize some of the photos I was taking. We were living on a remote, United States Fish and Wildlife satellite station in the middle of a rugged patch of desert in Arizona and it was a nice way for me to reach out and make some friendships as well as keep my far away friends and family in the loop with our life happenings.

Interview With A Blogger: The Noisy Plume, Jillian Lukiwski

Interview With A Blogger: The Noisy Plume, Jillian Lukiwski

Interview With A Blogger: The Noisy Plume, Jillian Lukiwski

Tell us about your day job/educational pursuits?

I am a metalsmith, writer and photographer by day (and by part of the night…since it’s really true that small business owners never stop working). My husband and I do not have children so I have a fairly free daily schedule. I wake up and get to work every single day of the week whether I am writing, out photographing the world or in the studio making jewelry. The shortest job definition I can offer is this: my current job requires me to make beauty, find beauty and then share it.

Interview With A Blogger: The Noisy Plume, Jillian Lukiwski

As for education, I am actually a university drop out by way of four different schools! I just couldn’t make it stick and felt a little fenced in by the academic world. I tend to be a bit rebellious and independent in my thinking and can tend to wildly balk when others tell me how do to something or what to think. The funny thing is that I contemplate going back to finish up the last of my degree all the time so I may not be quite the punk I make myself out to be.

Occasionally I travel for workshops in specific metalsmithing techniques I am interested in learning but I have found, more often than not, that those workshops are disappointing — they don’t seem to go deep enough for me. Additionally, I sometimes find workshop atmospheres exhausting. I can feel overstimulated by the hyper energy levels in creative workshops instead of energized by the company of others. I chalk it up to an introverted nature. I have, however, been able to take a few really great workshops wherein I deeply appreciated the teaching and my fellow classmates.

Interview With A Blogger: The Noisy Plume, Jillian Lukiwski

More often than not, if there’s something I have dreamed up in metal, the fabrication of which exceeds my skill set, I teach myself the skills I need in order to actualize the design. Most of the techniques I employ in my current work are techniques I have taught myself just by exploring the medium.

Aside from metal, I would love to be part of a local writers group and I would love to do a few residencies both here in the USA at at home in Canada. I am actively seeking out both these things.

Interview With A Blogger: The Noisy Plume, Jillian Lukiwski

Interview With A Blogger: The Noisy Plume, Jillian Lukiwski

Where’s the farthest from home you’ve ever travelled? Tell us about your experience.

I actually lived in New Zealand for almost a full year. In fact, I met Robert, my husband, in New Zealand when I was 18 and he was 21. We were both attending a little international, non-denominational Christian school there. I don’t have a lot of terribly fond memories of the school but I had a lot of fun seeing the country and getting to know my future husband and best friend. New Zealand is beautiful and for being a relatively small country, it has a lot of wild space to explore. Additionally, the whole country has a sort of small town feel to it. That may have changed now, since tourism there has been augmented by the Lord of the Rings films. Hopefully those wild places I fell in love with on those gorgeous islands remain. It would be a shame if they are trampled now.

While living in New Zealand I also popped over to Australia for a month. That was fun! Hostels were wearying. I think if we did a big trip overseas together we would probably seek out some sort of a farm stay with a family and some good physical work to keep us busy every day.

Interview With A Blogger: The Noisy Plume, Jillian Lukiwski

Interview With A Blogger: The Noisy Plume, Jillian Lukiwski

What skill do you hope to master over the next year?

Great question! I want to keep working on my photography. It’s been blossoming and has produced a few wonderful business opportunities for me in the past few months. Outside of my regular work, I am now working as a lifestyle photographer for a dog gear company based out of Seattle. It’s been quite fun and the company is wonderful. Having specific work to do with my camera has been great for me, I can see myself improving, rising to meet the challenge. I try to shoot every single day to hone my skills, but also to further develop my eye and actually reach as far as I can, creatively, with my camera.

Interview With A Blogger: The Noisy Plume, Jillian Lukiwski

Naturally, I am also working hard with my writing, trying to establish and stick to a daily habit when it comes to pen and paper. It can be hard. There are tremendous distractions every single moment of every single day.

Also, this past year, I have been painting. I don’t expect to master it in the next twelve months, but I am working as hard as I can and playing as hard as I can when it comes to developing my own personal style in what is a very foreign medium for me. I really like painting and since I keep it private and separate from my online presence, it’s a sort of selfish pleasure when I sit down to work on a canvas. By the end of the year, I want to have made a few paintings that are delightful and true enough to hang in my own home or give to friends as gifts.

Interview With A Blogger: The Noisy Plume, Jillian Lukiwski

What’s your current favourite song/band? And what are you reading?

Oh, music. I am truly eclectic. Lately I am hearing a lot of Laura Mvula, James Vincent McMorrow, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (I love hip hop in the studio), Yo-Yo Ma playing Bach is a favorite, Top 40 Country Music, and a little Guns ’n Roses for extra spice. I also have a reggae habit in the morning.

I usually read about six books at once. Right now you can find these titles on my bed side table:
The Light Between Oceans — M. L. Stedman
Seven Gothic Tales — Isak Dinesen (aka Karen Blixen)
The Solace of Open Spaces — Gretel Ehrlich
Dear Life — Alice Munro
Two in the Far North — Margaret E. Murie
The Mists of Avalon — Marion Zimmer Bradley

And Rob just gave me the Ender’s Game series for Christmas, I greatly enjoy sci-fi.

Interview With A Blogger: The Noisy Plume, Jillian Lukiwski

Interview With A Blogger: The Noisy Plume, Jillian Lukiwski

Share three blogs you adore!

  • Christina Rosalie is truly beautiful, inside and out. She writes with wisdom and grace and is a truly brave voice for our world. Plus, her sons look like delicious little darlings.
  • Brian over at The Blue Hour — gorgeous, inspiring photography.
  • I have enjoyed Liivia’s blog for a few years now. There is just something pure, lovely and unfettered about her photography.

Interview With A Blogger: The Noisy Plume, Jillian Lukiwski

Many thanks, Jillian, for sharing this splendid insight into your life!

Keep up with Jillian via The Noisy Plume, Twitter, her Etsy shop, and Flickr — you’ll be scrolling for hours!