Spotlight: Square Effects

 

turquoise and coral freeform copper wire necklace

 

Name:  Shannon Lea Egan a.k.a. “Square”

Etsy shop name:  www.SquareEffects.etsy.com

Website:  www.SquareEffects.com

Blog: www.SquareEffects.blogspot.com

Location: Syracuse, New York

 

four colors of 'Y' necklace and earrings sets

 

1. What kind of materials do you use in your creations?

I love working with copper wire and silver-plated materials.  I also have a fondness for turquoise and crystal, especially Swarovski.  I also do a lot with copper and gunmetal findings.

 

 

2. How did you get into this form of art?

I was at a craft store about 18 months ago and wandered by their clearance section and saw some intriguing beads.  My significant other is an avid reader, so I had the thought to make him a ‘manly’ beaded book thong.  After 45 minutes in the bead aisle, I was hooked.  And he still uses the bookmark to this day.

 

 

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

It depends.  Sometimes I have a specific purpose in mind, and the finished product turns out close to how I envisioned it.  Sometimes I will have a customer ask me for a specific item, sometimes a customer will have a vague idea of what they want and after discussing ideas, the design will take shape.  Other times I find a certain material I really enjoy or a new technique I’d like to try, and I follow where the beads take me.

 

I also find inspiration in ‘odd’ places.  I love working with copper and wire, so I will come up with an idea walking through Home Depot or Lowe’s.  I’ve been inspired for projects with resin in the grocery store.

 

4. Do you have any particular influences?

My grandmother is a huge influence in my designs and my life.  She was a divorced single mother of three at a time when this simply wasn’t done.  She is an incredibly strong woman, and for all her hardships over the years she’s always been the first one to do something for another, especially in her family.  When she got to a point where she was living comfortably, she did a fair amount of travelling, and purchased several hand-crafted turquoise pieces out west in the 50’s and 60’s.  She’s given many of these to me, and turquoise is absolutely one of my favorite materials to work with.  She also collects Swarovski crystal, and my mom has bought her the Swarovski snowflake Christmas tree ornament every year for over 20 years.  I am attracted to the simple brilliance of Swarovski, the superior quality and craftsmanship of their crystal, and am starting to invest in these for my creations.  Both my mother and my grandmother have influenced me in that I don’t mind paying more for something of quality.

 

 

5. Do you have a certain design style?

I’ve been told I do, although it’s very difficult for me to define it for myself.  I like balance in pieces, but this doesn’t necessarily mean symmetry.  I tend to limit colors within a piece, working with shades of the same color, or two coordinating colors.

 

 

6. What is your favorite technique?   

I really enjoy chainmaille, and am trying to expand my ability with different weaves.  I’m also having a very enjoyable time experimenting with resin.

 

 

7. Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations?

I sell locally (my mom is my best marketing manager and brings my inventory to work with her a few times a year).  I also have a website that is for now a gallery/showcase but eventually I hope to do all my online sales through my own site.  I also sell on iCraft, which is an online marketplace based in Toronto, Canada http://www.iCraft.ca/SquareEffects as well as on DaWanda, which is an online marketplace based in England http://en.dawanda.com/shop/SquareEffects .  I also sell my photography and related items at CafePress: http://www.CafePress.com/SquareEffects

 

 

8. What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD?

I enjoy being exposed to other artisans with different talents, styles, and abilities.  There’s a constant sharing of information, and I’ve found the members to be very willing to share of themselves, their individual gifts and strengths.  I am truly amazed on a regular basis just how many incredibly talented people there are, and also at the variety in style among the different members.

Ceramic and copper necklace and earrings

memory wire bracelets from hex necklace, bracelet, earrings sets

memory wire bracelets from hex necklace, bracelet, earrings sets

 

Periwinkle clouds resin pendant

 

blue bellflower small cluster necklace, bracelet, earrings

blue bellflower small cluster necklace, bracelet, earrings

Swarovski crystal large cluster necklace and earrings

Swarovski crystal large cluster necklace and earrings

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SPOTLIGHT: Studio Marcy

Etsy shop name:  Studio Marcy
Website:  www.StudioMarcy.etsy.com
Blog:  www.StudioMarcy.blogspot.com
Location:  Marietta, GA


1. What kind of materials do you use in your creations?
  I use mostly soft glass rods from Murano, Italy,  Lauscha, Germany, the Czech Republic and the United States.  I have some rare glass from Russia that I use too.
2. How did you get into this form of art? 
I painted watercolors previously.  I love layering colors and mixing, so this was a natural companion to doing that.  I had wanted to try large scale glass blowing and thought it might be smarter to start smaller and see whether I was still afraid of flames and broken glass.  I got over both of them.
3. What inspires you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the
materials “speak” to you?

Just about anything that makes me smile, inspires me.  I look at life as sculptural beads.  It drives my family crazy.  I look at little children, pets and nature and say, “Oh how cute. They’d make such a great bead.”  My family just groans.
4. Do you have a certain design style?
Generally, most people describe it as “whimsical” and it’s definitely sculptural.  Some of them are “cute” and others are just plain “weird”.
5. What is your favorite technique?
Sculpting molten glass.  It’s similar to the viscosity of thick honey when I work with it.
6. Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations?
Well, right now I’ve got work in a traveling juried show that is at Bead & Button and then will be going to Oakland, CA next.  And I have lots of beads in my kitchen and studio, and I have photos of some beads on my old website that I don’t use www.mambobeads.com, and I am at the Indie Craft Experience this weekend.  I think my etsy shop is the best place to find me.

7. What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD?
I love the members.  What a bunch of really nice people.  They are cool, supportive, smart, generous with their knowledge and assistance and kind to each other.  You can’t beat that.

                           

          

                                  

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/
http://ivonnardonascreations.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1023783033/
http://www.blogcatalog.com/user/ivonnardona123/
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http://etsylove.ning.com/profile/IVONNARDONA/
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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.

                   

SPOTLIGHT: Beadiful World

Name:  Debbie Bruce
Etsy shop name:  http://beadifulworld.etsy.com
Website:  http://www.beadifulworld.biz
Blog:  http://beadifulworld.blogspot.com
Location:  Aiken, South Carolina

1. What kind of materials do you use in your creations? 
 I originally started out primarily focusing on stringing with lampwork beads.  The details that a lampwork bead artist puts into a gorgeous bead really speaks to me.  I am in awe of their talent.  When I was just starting out, I couldn’t afford expensive semi-precious beads, so I would string lampwork beads with inexpensive glass beads.  As I began selling my jewelry, I was able to expand my inventory to include semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals, etc.  When I’m designing a piece, I love to mix all kinds of materials together for a more eclectic look.

2. How did you get into this form of art? 
I was having a lot of back trouble which prevented me from sitting for long periods, so in the evening after work I needed something to do that I could do standing up at my kitchen counter.  I tried several things, but found that jewelry was really where my passion was.  I’ve always been the type of person that had to have jewelry to match each outfit, so making my own jewelry just seemed the natural thing to do.  I found that I had a natural talent for it, and other than a couple of specific techniques, I am primarily self-taught.

3. What inspires you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the materials “speak” to you? 
If I’m making a piece for myself or a customer, then usually the outfit is the inspiration. If I’m designing a piece which has a focal lampwork bead, then the colors in the lampwork bead are the inspiration.  I also try to keep up with the colors forecasted for the upcoming seasons.

4. Do you have a certain design style? 
 My style tends to be more eclectic.  I especially like to make multiple strand necklaces with various styles, colors and shapes of beads.  I also enjoy making eyeglass leashes that don’t look like what your mother wore – I like them funky and fun.

5. What is your favorite technique? 
I love hammering on metal — it really lets you get out your frustrations.  And I love the fact that it isn’t intended to be perfect, it’s meant to have a rough look.

6. Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations? 
On my website, http://www.beadifulworld.biz.  I’ve done some wholesale selling, and also I consign in a local art gallery, Aiken Center for the Arts.  I also participate in as many craft shows as my work schedule allows.

7. What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD? 
The members in this team are a wonderful support group.  They are great about giving you a pat on the back when you need it, and they are all SO talented.  I feel privileged to be included in a group with so many talented artisans.