Interview with Niffer of 19 Moons

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Niffer of 19 Moons spends her mornings eating eggs, potatoes and toast with (veggie) bacon or chocolate chip laced pumpkin pancakes. She says, ‘You see, I really like to mix it up- that way I get the most flavor per bite of life!’ Her first pet was a dog named Ulysses: a nice mutt often dubbed ‘Useless’, but currently she has a zillion wild critters to watch in her yard in Pittsburgh, where she moved a year ago, from San Francisco. She wanted to be with her boyfriend. Ah, sweet love. You can buy directly from her Etsy store or from many stores around the US and abroad.

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How did you get interested in making jewelry?

I’ve always been crafty and making things since I could walk and talk. My first jewelry inspiration came in childhood from the Native American tribes of the Southwest. Feathers, bones and beads in brightly colored patterns! I began jewelry with beading and using recycled nuts and bolts, evolving to more styles and materials over time. After years of exploration, I’ve come full circle and lately am making some Indian inspired works.

Where do you find the supplies?

Anywhere and everywhere! All my designs incorporate vintage and recycled things which I re-purpose into jewelry. I find things at Fleas, Thrifting, Antiques, online etc. New items like gold and silver chain I buy at bead supply shops and online.

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Where do you get your ideas?

From the ethers! Well actually just here on Earth- there is so much in the realms of nature and man to inspire. Largely it’s the materials themselves with all the history they bring to the table.

How long does it take to make a piece? Can you describe the process?

The time required varies widely depending on the piece. But really, sometimes I feel like they make themselves. It happens like magic- I put two or more totally different things together and if they click, it’s a marriage! Sometimes I let ideas sit for a while and come back to them, a sort of fermentation process. Assembly techniques vary- I do a little of everything.

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Do you have another job or is this how you make your income?

No other job for me- making things is my living!

Where is your workroom? Can you describe it for me?

My studio is a dedicated workroom in my house just for jewelry and crafting. Nothing extraordinary about it- though I have some plans for a workbench and loft. The nicest thing is that the window faces our huge Spruce trees which are riddled with little inspiring animals.

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What is the difference between your different lines: PLASTINIA, ARCADIA, X-MACHINA and DIONE?

The majority of work I do these days is in my X-Machina line, jewelry that incorporates outdated recycled technology (i.e. watch parts, payphone keys etc.) The aesthetic of this line runs from Industrial to Steampunk. There is some crossover with my other lines. Dione has a space-age theme with Art Nouveau influence (think F.W. Murnau’s Metropolis). Arcadia (Paradise) is nature Victorian style- birds, gardens and the like. Plastinia is my colorful retro 60’s-80’s line featuring recycled plastics from that era, like Lite-Brites and lucite buttons.

What does Steampunk mean?

Steampunk is a subculture that is quickly gaining steam in the fashion world. I believe it evolved as an offshoot from the Neo-Victorian movement with a more mechanical focus- sort of an older industrial version of Cyberpunk. Basically technology of the future through the lens of the 1800’s, as seen in the literature of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and others.

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Do you sell your items in any stores or exclusively on Etsy?

I mainly sell on Etsy but I also do shows and stores. My work is carried in several stores around the country in CA, PA, AZ, WA states, plus two abroad in England and Australia. There’s more info on these and my upcoming shows at my other website, 19moons.com.

What does the future hold for you?

That I cannot say- as long as I am still growing and learning with the creative process then it should be bright!

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  • San Jose, California, USA

Kid Art Auction for Earth Day

artauctionThe wonderful Aimee is again hosting the Kid Art Auction for Earth Day to help kids (and adults) raise money on Earth Day 2009. Would you like to participate?

Whether you have kids who want to contribute their artwork, or you’re an adult who wants to become a collector of emerging artists, participating in this art auction is fun and a great way to raise money for this year’s beneficiary: The Nature Conservancy.

So head over and check it out!

  • Handknit Hugs
  • Spring Organization: Workspaces
  • Fiber Jewelry by Susan Sanders
  • Rainbow Crochet Toasties
  • Andrea D'Ambrosia Designs
  • Twirly Fabulous Upcycled Sweater Skirts
  • A pincushion for every day
  • San Jose, California, USA

Zoa Art

Zoa Art consists of the combined artistic efforts of husband and wife team Tony & Lisa Blackwell. Tony does glasswork and casting, while Lisa works with PMC, silver designs and completed jewelry. Lisa also teaches classes about her work. Newer work includes forays into Shibuichi, and thoughts of other metals are blooming.

  • Handknit Hugs
  • Spring Organization: Workspaces
  • Fiber Jewelry by Susan Sanders
  • Rainbow Crochet Toasties
  • Andrea D'Ambrosia Designs
  • Twirly Fabulous Upcycled Sweater Skirts
  • A pincushion for every day
  • San Jose, California, USA

Changing the world one purchase at a time

Holy cow, how have I never heard of Nest before? It’s a non-profit group dedicated to giving micro-loans to women in developing countries so that they can create businesses with their crafting and art. Wow! What a fantastic idea!

“One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something.” – Henry David Thoreau

Nest is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of women in developing countries. The mission of Nest is to support women artists and artisans in the developing world by helping them create sustainable entrepreneurial businesses. To do this, Nest provides micro-credit loans to be used for the purchase of the supplies and materials necessary to begin and/or maintain art or craft-based businesses.

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The funds for these loans are generated by selling a unique line of clothing, accessories and merchandise for the home produced exclusively for Nest by a group of artists and designers. The Nest line also includes ceramic pottery, women’s clothing and other items with the Nest logo. In addition to these exclusive items created by well-known designers, the recipients of Nest loans in developing countries also make their crafts available to Nest as repayment for the micro-credit loans. These items, too, are incorporated into the Nest line of merchandise. In this way, Nest draws together artists from across the globe into a cooperative network with a shared vision of mutual support. more…

There are so many ways to get involved in Nest. You can host a trunk show featuring work from loan recipients, help Nest with an event near you, apply for a limited spot selling your own goods on their site, donate money to help fund loans, and much more.

Amazing — check them out.

  • Handknit Hugs
  • Spring Organization: Workspaces
  • Fiber Jewelry by Susan Sanders
  • Rainbow Crochet Toasties
  • Andrea D'Ambrosia Designs
  • Twirly Fabulous Upcycled Sweater Skirts
  • A pincushion for every day
  • San Jose, California, USA