Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Artisan View - Avalon_Studios on Artfire

Today's interview is with Athena of Avalon_Studios! In Avalon_Studios, you'll find all kinds of wonderous jewelry. From natural stone, to metal charms I'm sure you'll find something that tickles your fancy! I'm personally quite taken with these fun rock and roll earrings!

So without further ado, here's Athena!

Name: Athena

Location: New York


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What got your started in your craft? I started out making gifts for friends and family when I couldn't afford to go and buy presents for birthdays and holidays. It eventually turned into a year round hobby.

Where do you find your greatest inspiration or sparks that creative muse? So many things. My kids are probably the best inspiration. I also take inspiration from nature or art that I've seen.

Are you Formally Taught, or self-trained?
I'm self-taught. I learned almost everything through trial and error and hours upon hours of reading.

Any advice you would like to share with other artists?
Do what you love no matter what you think others may think of it. If you aren't doing something you totally love you'll never be happy with the end result.

What''s some weird, fun, random fact about you? I'm a huge nerd. I like role-playing games and the latest technology (when I can afford it LOL)

What is your studio/creative space like?
I recently marked out my own little work area in my living room. It's a tall bar-like area held up with shelves. You can see pictures of my room make over on my blog.

Do you have a favorite piece of art you created?
I think my favorite piece so far has been my Medallion Pendant. Using the natural materials and blending them together was fun and it was interesting to see how they fit so well together.

Something New is coming!

Greetings all! I've been so inspired by all my creative friends online that I've decided to do some Artisan Interviews on my blog here. Every other day, I'll be highlighting my favorite Artisans from all over!

I feel this will be a great place to get to know some of those artisans who have inspired me, become close friends, and who's items I just go loopy over. There's going to be lots of eye candy to ooo and ahhh over! So prepare to be wowed!

"The Artisan View" Will be starting here in a few minutes. If you are a shop owner and would like to be part of my Artisan Spotlight, drop me a line! Once I receive your answers you'll be put into the queue for the blog postings. Along with this posting will be a twitter, facebook and plurk announcement. Hopefully it'll bring your shop some extra exposure, and business.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

New Ideas and less time to create.

Greetings all! It's been so long since I posted i figured I'd best take some time to pop in and revive this little spot of creativity. I've been under a lot of overwhelming time constraints lately dealing with an injured family member and trying to keep up with everything else I normally do. Art and my close friends have been my link to sanity. I've been trying to prep for an art show at the end of October and that is starting to weigh heavily on my mind. I've got a few things in the works, but just don't know how I'm going to have enough time to get enough product done. Three things a night (if that) over a 30 day period does not an art show stock up make.

I'm trying my darnedest though. I've spent the last few days searching for things to turn into pin cushions. Here is the resulting first trials of this venture.

I'm not really sure if I'm going to carry on with the clear ones. I'm not sure I like the way they turn out. My friend however like it more than the others. I did five more last night, and will be posting pictures of those later. I've got a huge batch of fairies in the works, but I've got to split them between the show, the gallery and my artfire/etsy shops. I might just split them between the gallery and the show for now and worry about the websites later. However I fear missing a lot of good holiday shopping.

These are two postcards I did for an all pink postcard swap. It was fun working in shades of only one color. A bit of a challenge...but I think they turned out pretty neat.

Ok, it's off to do a bit of photography this morning and then get to some serious art work.