It seems so long since I had time in the studio to play around with some new ideas. Here are few new pieces I completed a couple of weeks ago. Hope you like them! They are now available in my Etsy shop.
It has been a VERY long time since I last blogged, but things have been very hectic. I had a baby 16 months ago, which meant that I have had only a small amount of time for creating. My studio space was given up for baby too, so I had no time and nowhere to work!
Baby has now started school 2 mornings a week, so I now have some time to destash and organise my studio before embarking on some new creations.
I've started to list my destash items on Etsy, so if you are interested, please take a look. Looking forward to having a few moments to blog more often in the near future. Thanks for staying with me;-)
This week I'm featuring Amy from Hunter to the Hunted. She has a wide array of items in her Etsy shop from brooches (pins), to collars, to designer fabric covered buttons. Read on to find out some more information about Amy's work. I am based in... Torquay, a sea side town about an hour from Melbourne in Victoria, Australia.
I work from... Our Office/Craft Room/2nd Guest Room. And the kitchen table. And the couch...
My inspiration comes from... All over..especially other artists, nature, music, books..
The things I hold most dear are... Family, friends and my sanity...which comes and goes.
The 5 words that describe me are... Obsessive, excitable, quirky, sensitive, honest.
The 5 words that describe my work are... Unique, eclectic, evolving, raw, myself.
In the next year I... Hope to broaden my range further, whilst refining techniques. I also hope to broaden my following!
Hi everyone, As promised (and a little early) here's the second weekend feature from an Etsy seller. Amanda from Whitefly makes the most beautiful jewellery by casting directly from real vintage lace, ribbon, satin or string into solid sterling silver and gold.
Enjoy the interview! Victoria
I am based in... Los Angeles
I work from... my home studio
My inspiration comes from... I enjoy the inherent beauty of natural materials, and metals. I love balance and the expression of ideas in a clear and simple manner. For example the idea of remembering special friends or relationships with a knotted string.
The things I hold most dear are... friends, family, experiences.
The 5 words that describe me are... loving, open-minded, creative, enthusiastic, ambitious. The 5 words that describe my work are... elegant, clever, unique, precious, balanced.
In the next year I... hope to continue to grow my own business and transition to working full time for my own company.
Every weekend, I will be featuring one Etsy maker on my blog. I'm looking for items linked to Japan, zen or the Japanese design ethic. If you are interested in being featured, please post a message on the forum thread here.
This week I am featuring EcoChicHandknits. Barbara makes beautiful crocheted nesting bowls from 100% organic cotton yarn.
Read on to find out more about EcoChicHandknits
I am based in... Stony Brook, New York - which is located on Long Island.
I work from... My couch! I have a very small house that I plan on moving out of in a few years *hopefully* but its really the only place for me to work from. I have all my yarns stored in boxes in the closet and keep a few skeins out at a time. Its worked out well for me so far but I dream of the day I can have my own craft room.
My inspiration comes from... things that I would want and need myself. I started making these bowls because I wanted set. I needed a way to organize my dresser and my desk that would still look great. My shop is still very new but I am planning on adding a lot more items in the future based on things that you use everyday and I also try and create things that I can reuse to replace items that I would use and then throw away. I plan on having a line of coasters (so you would use these instead of a paper napkin each time) as well as a washcloths/dishcloths (rather then using paper towels). I like creating simple practical items that will brighten up your day each time you look at them. I am also inspired by our environment and try to do my little part to help out which is why I only use 100% organic cotton yarn (although I am looking into a wonderful new yarn that is made from recycled cotton so keep an eye out for that!).
The things I hold most dear are... my family and friends. I would be no where without them. I am especially lucky for my boyfriend who has been wonderful and very understanding as I have been starting my business. He has put up with many hours of being ignored while I crocheted on the couch trying to get items to post and filling orders and still encourages me to do more to help my business grow.
The 5 words that describe me are... creative, determined, perfectionist, caring, and fun .
The 5 words that describe my work are... organic, eco-friendly, practical, lovely, meaningful.
In the next year I... hope to have many more sales and have a very successful business. I hope to have a lot of different products to offer and hope that they sell steadily and eventually get that craft room ; )
You can also find me... Since my business is still so new I haven't had time to start anything else yet (like facebook, twitter, etc). I am working really hard to get some more items up in my shop first but I am going to look down all these avenues soon. Keep checking my store for updates!
Thanks Barbara for such an interesting interview. Check back next week for a new feature. Have a great week all.
Sorry it's been so long since I last blogged but life has been pretty busy. I just wanted to let you all know that I will be having an exhibition of my jewellery and greeting cards just in time for holiday shopping.
Saturday 7th November 2009 2.00-6.00 pm Tokyo, Meguro-ku
I may have the exhibition in a gallery or I'm thinking about having an open studio exhibition. I'll let you all know nearer the time. If you would like to come along for a browse and a glass of wine, please join my fan page on Facebook for more details. Hope to see some of you there:)