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meet sarah of electric sun creatives

WHO ARE YOU? TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF.

My name is Sarah Perez; wife, Mama, full-time artist. Forever curious and in awe of life.

WHAT DO YOU MAKE?

Wall hangings & mobiles made of brass and copper.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

Sacramento, Ca

WHAT HAS BEEN MAKING YOU EXCITED LATELY?

Dreaming about & making larger, more complex mobiles.

IF YOU COULD LEARN A NEW SKILL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I’ve been super curious about watercolors lately.

COFFEE OR TEA?

Tea! I love coffee but that stuff makes me jittery.

WHAT DO YOU WATCH OR LISTEN TO IN THE BACKGROUND WHEN YOU ARE MAKING?

Two of my favorite podcasts: Sounds Good with Brandon Harvey & Battle Ready with Erwin McManus (both challenging and inspiring). Guilty pleasures: Grey’s Anatomy and Jane the Virgin.

SHARE 5 FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.

- I’m citrus-obsessed and love to drink lemon or lime juice straight up.

- I can put my feet behind my head (former gymnast).

- I changed my major 4 times in my college days before finally studying my first love: art.

- The business started out as jewelry 5 years ago, but I haven’t looked back since doing larger pieces. Maybe someday I’ll bring back a line of wearable work.

- I’m on a committed pursuit in life to love well & better.

CLICK HERE TO SHOP SARAH'S PIECES

February 01, 2018 by Colleen Wisniewski

meet katrina of katrina sophia art

WHO ARE YOU? TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF.

Hello! My name is Katrina Sophia. I am an artist and freelance illustrator with a love for nature.

WHAT DO YOU MAKE?

I make beautiful illustrations painted with watercolor. I develop stationery and homeware collections from original paintings.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

I have lived in London most of my life but I’ve been living in Nottingham for the last couple of years for the cheaper living and I love it here. There’s so much nature around here and I am a short drive away from the beautiful Peak District.

WHAT HAS BEEN MAKING YOU EXCITED LATELY?

Ceramics! I love all the possibility and techniques that come with it. I started dabbling with ceramics last year, and I am working patiently until I get the hang of it so I can maybe sell them on my shop!

IF YOU COULD LEARN A NEW SKILL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I would love to learn how to do macramé! I got a little kit for Christmas and I can’t wait to try this new skill.

COFFEE OR TEA?

Urm, both! Though I really prefer cold drinks over hot drinks.

WHAT DO YOU WATCH OR LISTEN TO IN THE BACKGROUND WHEN YOU ARE MAKING?

I enjoy watching TV series on Netflix and BBC iPlayer, especially while doing my tax return at the moment – my most recent shows are Grimm and Bojack Horseman!

SHARE 5 FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.

- I am deaf and communicate through sign language, if this is fun enough for you!

- Despite being a huge cat lady, I am allergic to cats! 

- My house is full to the brim with houseplants!

- I really love Jurassic Park movies and any movies that feature giant monsters!

- I have 14 piercings but no tattoos!

CLICK HERE TO SHOP KATRINA'S ARTWORK

 

January 08, 2018 by Colleen Wisniewski

meet elizabeth of elizabeth mayville art

WHO ARE YOU? TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF.

Hi! I'm Elizabeth Mayville, an artist from the Midwest. I earned my BFA in 2006 and have been making work that has to do with the small and beautiful moments of a quiet day ever since. I love working to scale back my life and focusing on the small wonders that make a moment remarkable, even if they can be easily overlooked.

WHAT DO YOU MAKE?

I make oil paintings, gouache paintings and high quality giclee prints of those paintings.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

West Michigan

WHAT HAS BEEN MAKING YOU EXCITED LATELY?

My stack of to-read books, paintings by John Dubrow, finding out that there is a The West Wing podcast.

IF YOU COULD LEARN A NEW SKILL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I want to learn how to play the cello.

COFFEE OR TEA?

Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon.

WHAT DO YOU WATCH OR LISTEN TO IN THE BACKGROUND WHEN YOU ARE MAKING?

Podcasts.

SHARE A FEW FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.

- I'm a mother of two.

- I played the oboe for seven years (and mostly hated it).

- My husband and I swam across a lake together on our first date.

- I'm crazy for MTV's "The Challenge"

CLICK HERE TO SHOP ELIZABETH'S WORK

 

January 06, 2018 by Colleen Wisniewski

meet gam of designbyGam

WHO ARE YOU? TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF.

My name is Gam, a wife, mother of three monsters and the maker & creator at designbyGam

WHAT DO YOU MAKE?

I make minimalist, dainty and engraved jewelry

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

I was born and raised in Thailand. Went to school, married and start family in NY but now reside in Woodsville, NH.

WHAT HAS BEEN MAKING YOU EXCITED LATELY?

Got the engraver!! And start to offer engraved jewelry in last holidays season. I love to make memorable piece. People order a necklace with actual kid’s handwriting, daughter ordered a necklace with her late father handwriting “love you” to her mom. Can’t wait to have more time to list many new items to offer.

IF YOU COULD LEARN A NEW SKILL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

That will be polishing my own stone. Make myself a beautiful cabochon at the shape I wanted.

COFFEE OR TEA?

Coffee.

WHAT DO YOU WATCH OR LISTEN TO IN THE BACKGROUND WHEN YOU ARE MAKING?

Easy pop music when I have a lot to do Light headed/ sitcom/ murder investigation show or movie when orders are steady. I often watch same shows 3 times because English is my second language so every time seem like I never watch it before :)

SHARE A FEW FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.

- 5FT working zombie. Doing all from being a mom, wife and running this business since 2012.

- As a non English speaker, most people don’t understand a word I said. So I prefer to communicate via email. But I do crack up my neighbor once in a while.

- I love photography and play pretend to be a photographer !

- Cooking come second nature.

- It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.

CLICK HERE TO SHOP GAM'S JEWELRY

January 05, 2018 by Colleen Wisniewski

meet anna of demi + olive

WHAT DO YOU MAKE?

Paintings and Screen printed items such as tea towels.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

Austin, Texas

WHAT HAS BEEN MAKING YOU EXCITED LATELY?

Color and Styles I see in Interior Design photography, Minimal style, Painting a new collection of Bird pieces....

IF YOU COULD LEARN A NEW SKILL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

How to make art into fabric (Surface Pattern Design)

COFFEE OR TEA?

Coffee

WHAT DO YOU WATCH OR LISTEN TO IN THE BACKGROUND WHEN YOU ARE MAKING?

All different styles of Music on Pandora & podcasts on NPR such as Hidden Brain.

SHARE 5 FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.

- I am a mom to one 7 1/2 year old girl named Demi.

- I love to cook

- I am a certified Yoga instructor. 

- I was inspired at a very young age to have a creative life, growing up with a dad as a chef, and mother was a vintage clothing buyer/seller & artist.

- I have a pet rescue Hedgehog, named Penelope and a Puggle named Scooby. :)

CLICK HERE TO SHOP ANNA'S ARTWORK 

January 05, 2018 by Colleen Wisniewski

meet chelsea of art by chelsea hart

WHAT DO YOU MAKE?

Acrylic paintings on paper and canvas. My most recent series and obsession have been abstract paintings!

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

I grew up in Cincinnati, OH but now consider Denver, CO home.

WHAT HAS BEEN MAKING YOU EXCITED LATELY?

Getting engaged and daydreaming about all my loved ones coming together for our wedding, the new season of Top Chef, working on a new painting series, and planning my next trip...where I'm going is still up in the air.

IF YOU COULD LEARN A NEW SKILL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I always want to learn how to be a better cook. Any skills, recipes, or tricks around making a delicious meal I'm all about.

COFFEE OR TEA?

Coffee!!

WHAT DO YOU WATCH OR LISTEN TO IN THE BACKGROUND WHEN YOU ARE MAKING?

It's either my fiance's Spotify playlist because he always finds the best songs (seriously, everyone who comes over always asks for his playlist), shows that I have seen a million times, and don't need my full attention and make me laugh...most likely "Friends", or my favorite true crime comedy podcast "My Favorite Murder."

SHARE 5 FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.

- I crashed one of the fanciest weddings I've ever been to with my sister a couple years ago on New Year's Eve, because we thought that would be more fun than going to the bars.

- I've always known I've wanted to be an artist. I wrote it down as my "what do you want to be when you grow up?" question for a class project in 2nd grade.

- I got engaged in France this past fall on Friday the 13th.

- I was on an episode of the most recent Top Chef. ...blink and you'll miss me! And yes, we did get to try the food and it was amazing!

- I met Sigur Ros roaming Iceland when I was in college.

CLICK HERE TO SHOP CHELSEA'S ARTWORK

 

January 01, 2018 by Colleen Wisniewski

meet chelsea of bombabird

WHAT DO YOU MAKE?

I make functional ceramic objects for your home. All my work starts as an idea on paper, then comes to life on the wheel. I primary use a dark stoneware clay body and finish my pieces in custom glazes that I mix up myself.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

I am from Pittsburgh, PA. I have been here my whole life and absolutely love the city.

WHAT HAS BEEN MAKING YOU EXCITED LATELY?

Well, it is the start of 2018 and the new year always makes me reflect on the year past and make plans for the months to come. I am excited for a clean slate and the opportunity to work towards some goals I have...both personal and with my business.

IF YOU COULD LEARN A NEW SKILL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I’d love to be more musically inclined. I’d love to be able to sing but I feel like you have to be born with at least some talent for that. So, if I could learn to play an instrument, I’d take that as well. I’d love to learn how to play the piano or the guitar.

COFFEE OR TEA?

I love both but I have to say coffee. I drink way more coffee than I probably should.

WHAT DO YOU WATCH OR LISTEN TO IN THE BACKGROUND WHEN YOU ARE MAKING?

Podcasts, podcasts, podcasts! I listen to so many when I make work. Some of my favorites are: The Daily, Stuff You Should Know, Modern Love, More Perfect, Radio Lab and This American Life. If I am all caught up on my podcast list, I will resort to my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify. I can always count on that for good music.

SHARE 5 FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.

-I have two rescue greyhounds that are my world: Bill and Finn. If you follow me on Instagram, I am sure you’ve seen their faces.

-I have a bachelors degree in design and I worked as a designer before starting Bombabird. Design is a huge part of my life and I continue to flex that muscle as often as I can.

-My biggest guilty pleasure is watching beauty gurus on YouTube. Though, I hardly wear or own any makeup myself.

-I won best dressed in high school (HA!)

-I’ve made tableware for a former SNL cast member but you’ll have to talk to me to find out who. ;)

CLICK HERE TO SHOP CHELSEA'S POTTERY

December 29, 2017 by Colleen Wisniewski

meet angela of tui pasifika

WHAT DO YOU MAKE?

I have been making jewelry/accessories for about 7 years. My first jewelry line was FareFeathers, but I wanted to learn how to cut metal and make completely unique pieces related to my culture. The pieces I make directly correlate to my Polynesian heritage, including folklore, everyday items, and a heavy focus on Samoan tatau (tattoo). I am a printmaker by trade and have also worked with textiles and shared a woodworking business for the past 4 years.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

I was born in Ewa Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

WHAT HAS BEEN MAKING YOU EXCITED LATELY?

Along with the anticipation of going to Hawaii this coming summer, I have been working on larger scale pieces, like wall hangings, as well as natural metal patina techniques.

IF YOU COULD LEARN A NEW SKILL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Drawing (I do not know how I’ve made it this far without being able to draw). Also, I really want to be able to make my own clothes as well as understanding Adobe Illustrator (I, again, do not know how I’ve made it this far).

COFFEE OR TEA?

Coffee (decaf)- it has been a terrible breakup, but I have been caffeine free for about 6 years as to not exacerbate my anxiety disorder.

WHAT DO YOU WATCH OR LISTEN TO IN THE BACKGROUND WHEN YOU ARE MAKING?

My current rotation is Parks & Recreation (again), the Drunken Taoist Podcast, as well as my carefully curated mixes of 90’s music and classic rock.

SHARE 5 FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.

- I was a hula dancer/teacher for 23 years (yay for arthritis at 16)

- I (really) enjoy organizing people’s spaces

- I had a short-lived child modeling/acting career

- I am a vintage tee shirt hound

- I really excel at napping

CLICK HERE TO SHOP ANGELA'S JEWELRY

December 29, 2017 by Colleen Wisniewski

meet tamar of nest pretty things

WHAT DO YOU MAKE?

I am a Jewelry Designer and make Necklaces, Bracelets, and earrings. 

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

My studio is Burlington Vermont.

WHAT HAS BEEN MAKING YOU EXCITED LATELY?

I am very excited about the new year, our business has been expanding with lots of new opportunities popping up and on the personal level we have a few fun trips coming up, you can follow my Instagram account where I share my travels and daily life. 

IF YOU COULD LEARN A NEW SKILL WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I would love to learn pottery, I did it a little many years ago and would love to go back to it and learn more skills.

COFFEE OR TEA?

I'm a coffee person but alas cannot drink coffee anymore...so Herbal tea it is! 

WHAT DO YOU WATCH OR LISTEN TO IN THE BACKGROUND WHILE YOU'RE MAKING?

I love to listen to books or podcasts!

SHARE 5 FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF

- I was born in NYC but grew up in Tel Aviv Israel

- I only started making jewelry 6 years ago

- I worked as a Fashion Editor and Creative Director for 25 years

- I taught myself how to make jewelry

- As much as I love VT I travel a lot and must be in an urban environment every few weeks, after all, I'm a city girl.

CLICK HERE TO SHOP TAMAR'S PIECES

December 21, 2017 by Colleen Wisniewski

meet holley of wink wink paper co.

WHAT DO YOU MAKE?

I design stationery products like greeting cards, art prints, and wrapping paper.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

I grew up in a small coastal town in New Jersey, but I've lived in Nashville for the past 12 years.

WHAT HAS BEEN MAKING YOU EXCITED LATELY?

Wink Wink Paper Co. has had a big year! We were just featured on Huffington Post, this summer I was named one of the top creative stationers in middle America by Alive Magazine, and the children's book series ("Little Kid, Big City!") that I've been illustrating is looking like it'll be published soon! Hooray!

IF YOU COULD LEARN A NEW SKILL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Speaking a new foreign language. Maybe Mandarin, or Italian.

COFFEE OR TEA?

Coffee, hands down.

WHAT DO YOU WATCH OR LISTEN TO IN THE BACKGROUND WHEN YOU ARE MAKING?

Spotify has some really great instrumental playlists that I like to listen to while I'm working. "Jazz Vibes" is my favorite right now.

SHARE 5 FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.

- Friday is my second favorite "F" word.

- I have a fat, lazy dog named Booker. T Bones who plays dead when you point at him and yell "BANG!" ...Sometimes.

- My boyfriend and I collect postcards from every city we visit. You can no longer see our refrigerator.

- I have bizarre, highly detailed dreams. I once dreamt that Lady Gaga and I were walking the streets of New York and got into a dance battle with Kiss. Another time, I had a dream that the world was ending, and in order to avoid being crushed by the falling sky, me and a few companions had to jump *into* a floppy disk, which turned out to be a portal to another dimension.

- My day job is actually music.

December 21, 2017 by Colleen Wisniewski