by MaryAnn Carroll
A little bit of housekeeping before getting to our bi-weekly designer interview. First, please enter in our ArtSpark challenge. To be taken right to the post, click the ArtSpark June button to the left. We would love to be able to feature your piece in our weekly designer selection (the first designer selection will be tomorrow). Not to mention, you will be entered to win the fabulous donations that are shown in the post as well as on our right sidebar. Please share your creations along with your connections to that creation.
Also….. the Sunday giveaway has been postponed until tomorrow, Monday, June 13th, which means you have one more day to enter.... The link is to the left of this post.
Thanks for creating with us! You can find links to learn more about Nat at the end of this interview. Please take some time to visit her various sites.
Etsy Shop: Grubbi
I’ve always had a passion for art and creating things…in the past it was pieces of art, portraits and sometimes 3D meshes and graphics.
I first became interested in jewellery making when I was looking for a piece of jewellery for my Mum's birthday. I found some beautiful earrings but they were extremely expensive and so I decided to buy some beads in similar colours and try to make something similar myself.
Once I had purchased beads and made my first pair of badly made earrings, I was hooked! Not just to creating jewellery but to buying beads. I must have spent a small fortune over the last couple of years. There are beads everywhere!
You mentioned that you have been creating jewellery for some time now and have been experimenting with different mediums. Would you tell us a little bit about that?
I discovered MissFickleMedia on Etsy and my love for metal work and patinas emerged. From that I discovered stamping and just more recently, etching. I would totally love to try lampwork but I don’t have a studio or the funds for the expensive equipment. I would also love to try ceramics and enamelling but I’m trying to become more adapt with the tools I do have and not concentrate on what I don’t have.
Do you create beads with jewellery styles in mind or do you make the jewellery work for the beads that were created? Please tell us a little about that.
I do like doing some of the challenges from the online community or if I have a custom order…I seem to work better when I have a theme or colour scheme or a commission…I like a little spark to kick of the creative process.
How did you get started selling on Etsy and what have you enjoyed the most about selling online? And the least?
Friends and family kept telling me that I should start selling my stuff. I had spent a couple of years stocking up on beads, findings, tools and learning how to use them but never really had the confidence to think that anyone would actually pay for something I had made.
So far I love it! It’s great to see my things out there for everyone to see. Having such positive feedback from peers has given my confidence a much needed boost and every time someone adds something of mine to their favourites I feel very flattered! My first sale was to a lady in New Mexico…blew my mind that my beads would be made into jewellery in New Mexico, the other side of the world. Very exciting!
Have you set any goals for your future in terms of creating and selling?
No, not really. I don’t think it will ever be a full time job unfortunately. I just don’t have the time to devote to creating on a full time basis. I think if it “had” to do it then I would fear it becoming a chore rather than a passion. So I’m happy to keep it more as a part time job/hobby for the foreseeable. Unless of course I’m discovered in a big way and offered millions, hehe.
While purusing Nat's shop, I also noticed that she not only created wonderful beads and jewelry, but also offers some fabulous portraits.
I have drawn portraits for over 20 years and art has always been a huge passion of mine. I used to draw portraits with good old pencil and paper but moved on to Photoshop and a graphics tablet a few years ago. Your portrait will be delivered via email for your approval and then sent to you on a CD with an A4 print in a hard backed envelope. If you prefer you can just receive the email delivery and I will refund your postage costs. I will include different versions of the finished piece in many finishes including faded, black and white, high contrast etc... From the CD you can print out as many copies of your portrait for family and friends.