Showing posts with label indie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label indie. Show all posts

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Nifty Knits, a beautiful knitting obsession

Let me introduce you to Heather who has accepted to answer a few questions to let you discover her talent - How did you get started ?
I learnt to knit as a girl, but got started again when I was off sick from my day job.

- Where are you from?
UK, in the beautiful Kent countryside of southern England.

- Are your creations limited editions or unique?
Well – they’re unique in the sense that I make my own patterns, but I keep knitting them as long as people want them.

- How long have you been doing it?
My Etsy shop opened in April 2008, but I’d been selling for a year or so on ebay before that.

- Are you a professional artist or is this a hobby?
It’s certainly not just a hobby, but I don’t earn enough from knitting to eat just yet!

- What inspires you?
Nature. Most of my best ideas come whilst walking in the countryside, though clearly the meerkats and trekkies owe more than a bit to my TV habit!
kalicat.etsy.com


- What is your favorite piece (that you still have for sale) and why?
I have to say the meerkats (otherwise their feelings will be hurt) but I really love my daffodils. I was really pleased with how they turned out – and I’m no good with real potplants. Even I can’t kill these!

- How do you promote your work?
I’m a member of EtsyTreasuryTeam, we promote each other through treasuries which is great fun. I blog, and am pretty much obsessed with Twitter.

- What is your favorite material?
I enjoy working with fancy yarns but to be honest I prefer good old fashioned acrylic. It’s really sturdy so it works well for toys and models, and I can get it in lots of bright colours.

- favorite food ?
bacon, nice and crispy from the grill.

- What advice you wish someone had told you when you started?
I wish I’d known from the start how important it is to have good photos, and not to underprice my time and skill.

- Do you have any advice for fellow artists?
Don’t expect to be able to fill your shop and sit back! It’s up to you to get people through the virtual door – good luck!

Thank you Heather, for more about her, visit
her websites nifty knits and http://www.blogger.com/www.niftyknits.folksy.com and blog Follow her on Twitter

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Kalicat jewelry featured in Cuteable


Great little feature on Gold on http://cuteable.com/gorgeous-gold/3183, featuring my nice little tempting diamond rings, which are available in the finger size of your loving

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Cuddle Baby

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Etsy frontpage

What a nice day, Etsy 's website administrators have selected my Belle Blum Ring to be featured on their frontpage


Thank you to ElementsbyDawn, for her tasteful choices

:)

Thanks to alorinna for supplying the picture

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Adorn me Beautifully

Bonnie J Rounds (or BJ Rounds) does just that. She creates beautiful jewels to adorn yourself with, called Adornments by BJ

Let's ask her a few questions :
- How did you get started ?
I bought my grandaughter a start up kit for jewelry making and she wasn't interested, so I decided to try it out. Got hooked and the rest if history!

- Are your creations limited editions or unique?
I consider my designs/creations unique.

- How long have you been doing it?
About 2 years but on Etsy for 14 months.

- Are you a professional artist or is this a hobby?
I consider myself a professional artist and have affiliations with artist groups.

- Where are you from?
Bellevue, WA for 23 years and then Wausau, WI for 28 yrs, then Franklin, TN for 11 yrs.

- How do you promote your work?
I post my photos on several sites; blog, business cards, my shop name and Etsy on the back of my suv, flyers, friends, family...

- Do you have any advice for fellow artists?
Persistance and promotion and alot of patience! Just keep those creative juices flowing and always try new styles, ideas, materials, etc

- On Blogging :
I blog on many different sites: blogspot, myspace, flickr, tribe (mostly on MySpace)
My MySpace URL is http://myspace.com/adornments_by_bj and I just opened a shop on Ruby Lane: http://www.rubylane.com/shops/bjadornments and I'm also on flickr.com as BJ's Adornments; Tribe.net profile URL is http://people.tribe.net/363aa1fc-c763-4366-9988-15e7d2978ed3 and I'm on IndiePublic (http://www.indiepublic.com/profile­/AdornmentsbyBJ ) and IndieCollective, also Talentdatabase.com (http://www.talentdatabase.com/channels/8-Fashion/profiles/130501

Wow! So many venues, that's great.



- Anything else you'd like to add?
Have passion for your art and you will have extraordinary results in your creations.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The letter K

Kareen is a Tahitienne living in Paris who makes her own beads to incorporate in beautifule jewels inspired mainly by her background.
Here is a little bit about herself, her inspirations and her craft:

Simple girl with dreams of being a jewelry designer in Paris. Finally have a life here; making jewelry and trying to break into the scene. Inspired by life experiences and daily beauty in Paris. Love of travel and adventure create a wide canvas from which to dream and imagine new designs.

handKrafted jewelry designs are my specialty. I use a high temperature propane/oxygen torch and fine Italian (Effetre) glass to make unique beads, then use those beads in hand created sterling silver pieces. All my beads are made free-hand, without a mold. All beads are kiln fired for strength and durability.

Prior to leaving Santa Monica, my jewelry and I were featured on HGTV's Crafters Coast to Coast.
My mother is from Tahiti, so you will find that many of my pieces include blues and greens....coming nowhere close to the intensity of the colors in paradise.

I spent summers in Tahiti while growing up in LA, and recently received my diving certification while there last year. I hope you enjoy what I create.

"What do I love about my creations?".....I love to wear my jewelry. And, I love that each piece is unique and made by my two hands. I love that it is impossible to duplicate any of my beads, even if I tried

Buy Jewelry, , Visit her site and Read her Blog
Come on, you know you wnat to.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

I am going to be DVINE...

...Well, even more than I already am

Have you noticed Janice's shop? Just the name makes me dream.
It's called DVINE Body. Just like the song.

It looks and smells Gorgeous.
Cannot resist asking her some questions.

- How did you get started?
I got started very young... at the age of 5 my beloved grandma gave me knitting needles and some yarn and the rest is history. There isn't a craft that I don't LOVE... I respect all who share this passion/obsession. The only down side is trying to fund all the wonderful crafts I want to try (which is ALL of them)!

- Where are you from?
Originally Brooklyn, NY now I live in Pennsylvania

- Are your creations seasonal?
Some of them are, I create delicious skincare items that are perfect for the warmer weather with tanning and dehydrating the skin; scrubs, foot scrubs and healing/regenerative oils are perfect, and then there are others that are for the harsh and cold winters when skin is thirsty and dry like more emollient lotions.

- How long have you been doing it?
I have been an Aromatologist for a little over 3 years but crafting for a lifetime.

- Are you a professional or is this a hobby?
Both, I am a web designer by trade but I take my skincare and body product line very seriously by researching and creating new items all the time.

- What inspires you?
I am inspired by anyone brave enough to create something unique and SHARE it with the world... that takes guts and am humbled by the amazing talent that I've found on etsy.

- What is your favorite smell?
Wow, this is a hard one cause there are soooo many. I’d have to say it’s a toss up between a few: Lavendar, Neroli, Chamomile Roman, Patchouli, Lemon Verbena, Peppermint and Black Spruce.
- How do you promote your business?
I get on forums, myspace, and list as many places as possible.

- Where are you showing/selling your work?
Cosmetics http://www.dvinebody.com, http://hyenacart.com/DvineBody/ and http://www.dvinebody.etsy.com/
Crafts http://www.wwcrafters.com/mall,
http://www.lov.li
WOW,great list!

- What is your favorite product and why?
Wow, another hard one… hmmm I use so many of them daily that it is hard to choose. I’d have to say my facial cleanser and toner called YOUthful-Glow because it’s my face and that is important to me.

- What advice do you wish someone had told you when you started?
Do research and find your market. I kind of spread out my line a bit hoping to reach many different people with different needs and sometimes it’s just best to keep things simple on start up.

- Do you have any advice for fellow cosmetic and beauty sellers?
Research your raw ingredients and remember this is going onto someone’s skin… which is the largest organ in the body, do treat it with tender, loving care. I do my best to keep things pure, simple and as organic as possible.

- Will I get a discount or freebies?
Of course… I always give at least 1 sample sometimes more… there’s no way to smell the delicious aroma or feel how wonderful it feels on your skin over the internet (but I do hope that is available one day) so I throw in a treat or 2 for you to try.

- But what is YOUR body like?
Ummm… not like the picture in my logo that’s for sure. I’m working hard at it now for about 6 weeks but it’s a work in progress.

- Any advice for smelling great and looking fab?
YES, choose your products carefully! It is not about the price when it comes to skincare it’s about the quality. Some people comment to me that they can get a product like mine in a Dollar Store??? I think NOT, you may THINK it is the same but ingredient for ingredient it is always a major difference. Care enough about yourself to buy the very best, that is why I chose to create my own now you can enjoy my research, knowledge and effort.

- Phone number and details of the male model please...
LOL???? I was waiting for the laugh!!!
Argh, Pity, I'll have to ask another time again .

- Will I look like the models when I use your products?
Well, if you did (Of course I do) before you used my product then you certainly will after :) just smoother, softer and with a more healthy glow.

- Anything else you'd like to add Janice?
I just adore Cat… she is the smile and laugh in my day! So glad we met :)

Me blushing...I love being Adored.
Thankyou for this great interview Janice, and watch out my glowing and radiant skin.
- Her blog http://www.wwcrafters.com/serendipity

Truly Unique Pottery and Jewels

An interview with Joanna Jorgensen, creative mind of Jorgensenstudio

I started throwing pottery in high school. My high school had everything a Tv station, radio airtime, an early learning center for little kids that high schoolers got to teach in, and the most incredible pottery studio. I took two semesters, but then went on with life.
After I had my youngest daughter, I was a stay at home mom with three kids a desperately needed to get out for some "grown-up" time. I started taking weekly pottery classes through the local continuing education programs. I fell in love with clay again. I kept at it this time getting better and taking more classes, and meeting some really fantastic people.
I heard about silver clay through the clay world and was immediately intrigued. I started working with it, but I just wasn't able to do all that I wanted with it. I found metalsmithing and fabrication classes at a local art museum and then I was really hooked. I have recently started integrating pieces of my pottery into my jewelry and love exploring the two mediums.

I was born in Wisconsin, raised just north of Chicago (go Bears!) and have kept moving south until I landed here in Florida.

I have both limited editions and unique items. I enjoy both. It tests my skills more to be able to remake a piece once its finished. It makes me a better silversmith. The unique pieces become like children and I am always sad to see them go.

I have been working with clay for 10 years and metalsmithing for 3 years.

I consider myself a professional artist now, it was hard to make that transition in my own mind and call myself an artist. I wish that I didn't need to supplement the artist's income, but I still need too!

I am inspired by the forms in nature, but mostly I am inspired by the materials and the fun I have when I get to play with them.

The little Iris earrings in my shop I love, and wear a pair all the time. They are simple, classic, and elegant. I think that represents my personality the best.

I promote my work as many places as I can, on indiepublic, trunkt.com, myspace, and by purchasing advertising on the web and in print when I am able. I try to be an active member of the Etsy community. I join artist groups that network. I submit my work for exhibitions and send press releases to my local papers. I also hand out moo cards to anyone I can, and get my friends to do them same!

I can't say I have a favorite technique. I do like to play with fire, so for the pottery side Raku is a definite favorite and soldering for the jewelry side.

I wish someone had told me to believe in myself. That is the most important thing. I value myself, my time, and my art. It took a while to get to that point.
Oh, and also to keep learning, taking classes and workshops and learning new skills. It is very important to keep growing. My last class was a gem cutting class and I found that it was like meditating it was so mind clearing.

I find it very important to me to promote not only my work but the handcrafted work of others. Not only does it help your local economy, but it keeps the trade deficit down!
I feel it is very important to support art and craft in a society, it makes us all better. I rally my representatives locally to keep art in the schools. Art teaches math, history, critical thinking, and problem solving. It brings us together in a personal way as a buyer and seller that a mass produced item cannot.

To know more about Joanna, visit her blog

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Karen Copeland - Couture!

Hello Karen!

- How did you get started ?
My grandmother taught me to sew when I was about 4 or 5

- Where are you from?
Opp, Alabama

- Are your creations limited editions or unique?
Some of both actually

- How long have you been doing it?
I've been sewing since I was 4 or 5, but I've been sewing for others for about 30 years

- Are you a professional artist or is this a hobby?
That's a really difficult question...I don't look at it as a "job", but it is definately more than a hobby.


- What inspires you?
Fabrics! Most fabrics just sort of "speak" to me and "tell" me what they should be made into!

- What is your favorite piece (that you still have for sale) and why?
Well, my favorite would probably have to be the memory quilts that I make for people. I love taking their photos and putting them with special fabrics to tell their life story.

- How do you promote your work?
Word of mouth has always been my best promotion, but I also give out business cards, promote in the forums here at Etsy, blog, myspace, classmates.com, and local ISP classifieds.

- Where are you showing your work?
I do a few craft shows each year, and I also have a room set up at home where the "locals" can come by. Of course there's also my Etsy shop!

- What advice you wish someone had told you when you started?
Not to be affraid to price my items in a way that I actually "made" something! I used to be notorious for underpricing my items because I was affraid people would not buy them otherwise.

- Do you have any advice for fellow artists?
Never give up! Enjoy what you do!

- Her site - http://soandsewcrafty.etsy.com
- Her blog - http://soandsewcrafty.blogspot.com

Monday, October 1, 2007

Le Miel et les Bonbons

What does this title mean?
Oh, to be fair, what I first thought of was Le Miel et les Abeilles (Honey and bees), but instead, I chose Honey and Candies, or rather Sweets, 2 very sweet and delicious things to indulge in.
This blog is about showing you little pleasures in life, made by talented artisans, craftsmen (and women) and artists around the net.
I will be showing you little treats and delights which I hope will be useful ideas each time you need to find some gifts, and with Christmas just around the corner, that should be just the little extra push these talented designers need.
So ready? let's start

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Soleil de Minuit - FSOJ week 35

Fire and Ice / Midnight Fire

Midnight Fire was inspired by the cool light that emanates from planets in the sky, at night. I used Cultured pearls for the light and 18k yellow Gold for the Fire

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