1. What is your craft?
I primarily work with polymer clay, acrylic paints and resin. I make pendants based on, and incorporating, my favorite subject...the patterns of nature. I also do a little painting and love doing sketches and marker drawings. Recently I've added sheet acrylic to my materials and am having a lot of fun exploring its possibilities.
2. What led you to take it up?
After graduating from college I had tons of sketch books and doodles. I was playing around one day and thought it would be fun to turn one of my sketches into a pin so I poured resin over it. It wasn't terribly successful, but I was so intrigued by the idea that I messed around pouring resin on just about anything for almost 2 years. Polymer clay had the results I liked the best.
3. Which part of your work do you most enjoy?
Checking the pieces in the morning after the resin has set overnight. When you first pick up a finished piece and find it bubble and dust-free, you let out a sigh of relief. Then you see how the resin has saturated the colors...it's just so beautiful.
4. Which part do you find hardest?
Physically -the actual resin pour is very draining. The pieces need to be level so the pour sets evenly. You need to check and re-check to catch any bubbles or dust. I use dental tools to work out bubbles and pick out dust. I cover the pieces while they are curing but sometimes a tiny speck gets on them. That's unhappy.
Mentally -editing photos and listing. I find it very time consuming.
5. Where do you get your inspiration?
My garden, nature, biology, insects, fossils. If it is or was alive -I'm interested.
6. Do you participate in any Etsy groups, and if so, which ones?
I have just recently joined my first Etsy group, Handmade in PA. Until now I haven't been involved in any groups -I tend to focus on my artwork, raising my two children, spending time with my family, and gardening. I'm excited to see how my new involvement will develop.
7. What's one material your shop can't live without?
Leaves! Winter is a tough time. I have to make a lot of unfinished pendants in the summer when I have an abundance of leaves and finish them in the winter. Also in the winter my houseplants become afraid of me.
8. What is your favorite item that you have purchased off of Etsy?
Oooooooooo! My favorite new purchase was just bought today! I've been so excited since I saw this shop. Her work reminds me so much of fossils and sea urchins.
I have to follow up with a second purchase made tonight. While pouncing undiscovered shops I found this piece in a shop with no sales. It was so visually serendipitous after the knitalatte purchase that I had to get it, and I love that I was their first sale!
This is another favorite. Heidi's work is just so fun. I love her illustrative style.
Was that too many? :^)
9. If I could sell one item from my shop today, it would be...
I really loved doing this series of paintings. I wish my technique had been a little looser, but if it sold I would take it as a sign that I should do more paintings. I'd love to do more paintings...
10. If I had enough money to pick one item on my wish list from any shop on etsy to buy, it would be...
Well I had originally chosen a piece from the wonderful jaimejo
However, my husband gifted me that piece, (deliriously happy!) so my next choice is:
An original, large scale, custom piece by Betsy Walton
That one I'll buy with my own money!
11. What are the top three favorite items currently listed in your store?
I like this piece because I enjoy doing marker studies...and one of the faces is a study of my husband. :^)
I like this because it's a reminder of where I came from. This piece is twelve years-old. I initially put a few of my older pieces up just so people could see a little of my work history. They sold! I love that people still value the work after all that time.
The wings....this one is about the wings. I love doing the details on the wings.
12. What undiscovered artisans would you recommend the world to know?
Fantastic art quilts by Betty Busby....Cytology and Macro Leaf. I'm in awe.
I like the shapes and colors in Alice Kresse's jewelry work.
I like the colors and nature studies in glass by Seamoth
13. What is the best advice you have ever received?
Go play outside.