SPOTLIGHT: CatiesBlue

Name: Brandi
Etsy shop name: My finished jewelry shop: CatiesBlue (http://catiesblue.etsy.com), My destash and supply shop: CBStash (http://cbstash.etsy.com)
Website: www.catiesblue.com
Blog: http://catiesblue.squarespace.com/blog, but I’ve been really bad about updating it lately
Location: Dallas/Ft., Texas, USA
 
 
1. What kind of materials do you use in your creations?
I use sterling silver, fine silver, gemstones, and occasionally Czech glass. My newest obsession is artisan lampwork, borosilicate (boros) beads specifically. I’m having a grand ol’ time collecting those!! They are soo pretty.
 
 
2. How did you get into this form of art?
I feel like I was supposed to be a jewelry designer, it just wasn’t the time before now. I remember getting a jewelry kit from my grandma, the kind with gemstone chips. I don’t remember how old I was, but I do remember that I loved playing with the stones. Jump ahead to college, where I got to take a jewelry/metalsmithing class. I wasn’t the world’s best metalsmith, but I still liked the beads. Jump ahead a few more years, when I was a representative for a jewelry company. I stumbled into a bead store by accident, and four days later, I was taking any class I could. The rest is history, but if you’re wondering what I was doing between the jumps, I was painting.
 
 
3. What inspires you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the materials “speak” to you?
I have a general idea, but most of the time, I’ll adjust that idea if the materials are speaking to me. I approach jewelry in the same manner I approach a painting. Basic idea of where things will go, but once I start, I may like the way a particular brushstroke looks and just paint around it, rather than over it. It’s a pretty organic way of doing things, but it works well for me. I appreciate the creative process just as much as the end result, so I’m open to any changes that may happen as I work.
 
 
4. Do you have a certain design style?

I’d have to say that my style is probably more contemporary than anything else. I still love gemstones, and I love boros. I have my own color language, and style language, so I’m just trying to stay true to that.
 
 
5. What is your favorite technique?
Clusters. Hands down, I just love the way they look.
 
 
6. Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations?
To purchase? The occasional home party, and that’s about it right now. I’m exploring other opportunities, but my Etsy shop is the only place to buy my work right now. As far as being visible online, I have several profiles – Flickr (http://flickr.com/photos/catiesblue), TalentDatabase, and Indiepublic, just to name a few. To find out more, visit my website at www.catiesblue.com.
 
 
7. What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD?
The people. etsyBEAD members are so friendly and helpful, and that makes it so easy to be a member. It’s nice to know that I have a place to go when I’ve got questions. There are certain things only other jewelry designers and fellow Etsy sellers can help with.
 

       

SPOTLIGHT:Ivonnardona’s Creations

 

Name: Tammy L Sexton
Etsy shop name: Ivonnardona’s Creations
Website: http://tlsexton0913.etsy.com/
Blog: http://ivonnardonascreations.wordpress.com/
http://ivonnardonascreations.blogspot.com/
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
What kind of materials do you use in your creations?
I use anything and everything in my creations.  My favorite materials are beading wire, chain, and all kinds of glass beads.  My very favorite are the lampwork beads that I collect from those on Etsy who sell them!
 
How did you get into this form of art?
When I was a child I use to make jewelry from anything I could get my hands on.  Then about three years ago, I bought a book about making wire jewelry.  It just kind of took off from there.
 
What inspires you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the materials “speak” to you?
My inspiration comes from everywhere and nowhere. I use the color theory for my pieces, sometimes. Mostly I like to just roll with ever comes up that needs to be created.  It is kind of weird in that the materials do sometimes “speak” to me! Sometimes I sit at my jewelry desk and just stare at what I have and them, bam, a specific bead or wire will call my name and I am off and running.
 
Do you have a certain design style?
I don’t think I have a specific design style, although, I love to wire and chain.  I love to pile on the beads in groups on whatever medium I choose.
 
What is your favorite technique?
I love contorting wire.  I’m not sure why, but I love it.
 
Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations?
Right now I only post my creations on Etsy.  I just got to be such a huge headache with listing on all of the other sites and trying to work.
 
What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD?
Even though I don’t participate as much as I would like to, I probably love reading the e-mails and coming across something really helpful.  Sometimes I find that others are having the same issues I am and then I feel much better.  Plus I get answers to questions and how to handle a particular issue that I didn’t think about before.
     

                 

                                                                                        

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http://flickr.com/people/22747203@N08/
http://www.youtube.com/user/tlsexton0913/
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http://ivonnardonascreations.wordpress.com/
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SPOTLIGHT: MAugustaWoodland

Name: M. Augusta Woodland
Etsy shop name: MAugustaWoodland  http://maugustawoodland.etsy.com
Website: http://www.maugustawoodland.com
Blog: same as above

 

1. What kind of materials do you use in your creations?
Precious, semi-precious, pearls, sterling silver, and anything I can get my hands on that works for a specific piece!

2. How did you get into this form of art?
I’ve always made jewelry. Someone the other day reminded me of my poly-clay bead and hemp days, and I nearly laughed until I cried. I’ve just gone wherever the journey has taken me, and I’m pleased by all that I’ve seen and done so far.

3. What inspires you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the
materials “speak” to you?

What doesn’t inspire me is probably a better question. Right now I’m really fascinated with cabinets of curiosities, architectural details, and Edwardian tea dresses. Materials tend to “speak” to me, but after they do that I have to lay down the groundwork of what I’ll be making. It gets too expensive for my perfectionist self to just play around willy-nilly.

4. Do you have a certain design style?
I think I have a style all my own. Right now I’m trying hard to focus in on marrying metalwork and beading in equal parts. I can’t lump myself in with anything personally, though. I’m a little bit gothic, a little bit romantic, and a little bit rock and roll.

5. What is your favorite technique?
Beading-wise I’d say I like wire-wrapping and making thick clusters the most. Metal-wise it’s filigree all the way! I can’t really pick one over the other.

6. Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations?
Etsy is really the only place online you can find my work right now. I’m in the middle of working on wholesale deals and getting into some galleries locally.

7. What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD?
I love the friends I’ve made, the weekly chat, and I really, really love being a mentor!

 

SPOTLIGHT: MKPjewelry

Name: Kat BarronMiller

Etsy shop name:  http://www.MKPjewelry.etsy.com

Website: http://www.beadfix.com

Blog:  http://mkpbeadart.blogspot.com

Location:  Des Moines , IA

 

1. What kind of materials do you use in your creations?
Everything! beads, glass, crystals, stones, and especially sterling silver! Though I’m quite fond of copper of late…

2. How did you get into this form of art?
Over ten years ago I was at a museum that featured a large collection of Native American beadwork.  It was so beautiful! I bought one of those “toy” looms, and tried it.  I made 1 piece, and I’ve never loomed in the 10 years since, but desire to create stayed.

3. What inspires you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the
materials “speak” to you?

I sketch, it’s a habit I’ve developed over the last 3 years.  Since inspiration can come from anywhere, at any time, I carry a sketchbook with me.  Even when I think I have a firm idea in my head for a piece, I often sketch it out.  I might find alternative paths that work better, or even discover a completely new design.  Materials do speak to me.  I often will take one or 2 beads and sketch possible designs based on that combo.. I’ve come up with some wonderful designs this way.  It also gives me a visual record of my development as an artist.  And if I’m creatively stuck, I can always go back through my sketches for ideas.

4. Do you have a certain design style?
I think I’m just now finding my creative voice.  I almost hate to say that, as I’ve been making jewelry for over 10 years, but it’s true.  2 years ago I really started to play with wirewrapping, and I have definitively blossomed as an artist. I’m learning metal smithing techniques this year, I’m very excited about combining my love of wirewraping with more traditional metalworking.  I’m filling up my sketchbook fast this year!

5. What is your favorite technique?
Wirewrapping.  I do several different styles and I’m learning more all the time.  It’s utterly fascinating to start out with this little bit of metal and turn and twist it into something wearable.  It’s amazing what you can do with wire.

6. Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations?
My blog or website, and at regional art shows.  I post my schedule on my website.  For people in the Des Moines, IA area, I can do home parties.

7. What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD?
Sharing the bond of creation with like minded individuals.  Creating art jewelry is normally a singular activity, it’s wonderful to be able to share with other creators.