Saturday, September 6

*FEATURED ARTIST of the week* ~~Polarity/Uncorked~~


Polarity/Uncorked




1. What do you create?

I create jewelry and a few home decor items (decor being a bit of a misnomer here because I like my home decor to be at least as useful as it is decorous) from recycled and repurposed materials. I love to work with cork because the cork oak is not destroyed as it is harvested (and it is soft yet hard and smooth yet flawed so the perfect / imperfect material for me) and steel because although it is a finite resource, most of what we use in our daily lives is already recycled and almost all of it can be recycled again and again.


2. What led you to take up your craft?

I have always been a crafter. I remember my poor mother going off to work with a pocketbook I had made from a plastic baggie and purple feathers and all the other assorted earrings and necklaces that poor woman was made to wear. I have been working with wood and paper and words and symbols for many years, but it is only in the last year I have been making industrial jewelry and working with cork and steel.





Usually ideas just pop into my head and I have for years kept notebooks of poems and lyrics and the things I want to make or the things I want someone else to make or just things I need to take out of my head and put into another dimension.


3. Which part of your work do you most enjoy?

Coming up with new ideas for things to create. I love to make the FIRST one of anything I think up and then it is all downhill from there (I seem to have the attention span of a 3 year old these days).


4. Which part do you find hardest?

Lately (since Etsy) it is managing my time. Prior to Etsy it was the direct sales- it is hard for me to be there while someone is judging what I have created. I want to say to the person- if you love it, buy it- if you do not love it- do not let it take up space in your life, but of course, I need to eat...so I let them judge it and judge me and I try to sell it....but that is the hard part for me....


5. Where do you get your inspiration?

Everywhere. I love the beach and museums and book stores and flea markets and street vendors and little hole in the wall places where people will NOT say "fine" when you ask them how they are doing... I also get inspiration from things that I no longer need for their original purpose and think NOW what can I do with it....




6. Do you participate in any etsy groups, and if so, which ones?

No, I am BAD about that. I have never been much of a joiner. I did try to join one that was filled, but need to put more time into that. My only community participation on Etsy is the treasuries which I make at night, in bed with my laptop. Actually the treasuries take up way more time than I would ever admit to, but they are a bit of an addiction...


7. What's one material your shop can't live without?

Probably the industrial hardware I use for my jewelry. I am in no way a jeweler and these nimble fingers of mine can barely close a jump ring so it allows me to create cool stuff without people realizing that I am virtually skill-less....


8.1 What is your favorite item that you have purchased for your Etsy shops?

Definitely my power tools and soldering torch which are saving me so much time and energy.



I was always afraid that I would cut off a finger or burn off an eyebrow or something, but now I am fearless....which probably means you will soon be hearing that I have cut off a finger or burned off an eyebrow or something....

8.2 What is your favorite item that you have purchased off of Etsy?

I have sooo many favorites!



Right now it is my LoranScruggs whistle made from a tin can. It is the only thing that gets my pup Olive to come inside when I call her!


9. If I could sell one item from my shop today, it would be...



my SEE JANE PLAY magnetboard in my Polarity shop. I made it for the Etsy handmade kids' contest -it was knocked out of the contest when the entries went from about 40-35 - which I know is pathetic and makes me a big loser and a big SORE loser because I am still not over it and think the contest is fixed and should be investigated! :)


10. If I had enough money to pick one item on my wish list from any shop on etsy to buy, it would be...

one of Burrowburrow's birds or the horse

or one of XOXO's belt buckles

or Sisicata's bracelets


11. What are the top three favorite items currently listed in your store?

In Polarity- definitely my kids' magnetboard and my chair earrings (which will probably never sell because who wants chairs on their ears, but I love them)




In Uncorked - my cork ring, wine cork rack and mini corkboards, I think... it changes...usually whatever never sells are my favorites...




12. What undiscovered artisans would you recommend the world to know?



My brother Vinnie is an amazing artist and I wish he would get himself discovered and buy me a new house or something.....


13. What is the best advice you have ever received?

The best advice came from my mother -hold on tight to your dream (she was a bit of a plagiarizer and music lover);



second best advice came from my hubby and I use it everyday - righty tighty, lefty loosey

13 comments:

amy said...

so intriguing to read about your creative process! thanks for sharing!

missknits said...

lol i love the best advice - righty tighty lefty loosey! lol i saw that all the time if i am fixing something!

shop is amazing! i love the magnetic board! and the jewelry is so cool! thanks for sharing!

Team Wicanders said...

Hi,
Really enjoyed reading about your crafts, and that you like working with cork. We like cork too. You may enjoy seeing the other things made with cork. Here is a link to a video on our blog about other things made with cork. Let us know what you think.
Design happy,
Team Wicanders
http://wicanderscorkoakblog.com/2008/07/07/kidagain

Elizabeth said...

What a fun feature! And what cool and unique products!

Lickety Split said...

Great interview, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am still laughing at the "lefty loosey, right tighty"... too cute.

Karen said...

These are so unique and wonderful...it's great that such beautiful things can be made from ordinary materials. Lovely!

Rachel said...

Great interview!

the b-line said...

Yay! I love Cat's work! And I am also laughing at her hubby's advice. Words to live by!
Amy

ana carina said...

It was a pleasure to learn more about polarity/uncorked.
I love her jewelry for some time now, it was great to learn a bit more about the person behind the craft!

nanouke

wunderbug said...

great interview - thanks for sharing! i love the very first featured picture; it's such an innovative way to display necklaces!

Melissa said...

Thanks for sharing this fun feature!

Julia said...

I loved her best advice :) "righty tighty, lefty loosey"

And I think you picked a stellar artist Ms Peach!

Leanne said...

I really like your "Featured Artist" snapshots. Nice work!