I Hamilton: I am a self-taught artist born in Crimea and now living in Norfolk UK. My passions are paintings,jewellery making and crocheting. I love to learn new techniques and use mixed media. Sometimes I try to combine completely different materials.
The [pieces] are colored with my original glass resin technique which creates the sophisticated look of stained glass. The effect of the whole piece changes according to the light – colors vary from dark to crystal clear tones.
KUKLAstudio: I love designing jewelry and I like working with wire and colors. I find my inspiration everywhere around in my everyday life, nature, dreams and feelings. In my special technique the colors are rich and the effect of the jewelry is always different with the change of the light.
Sarah Clemens Clothing: I am a stay at home mom, homeschooling my 3 young kids by day and sewing by night. I love flowers and fabric and sewing, so i decided to put them all together and sell my creations!
Clothing has always been a love of mine, but nothing out there was different enough or fun enough. I’d daydream about the things I would wear if I could, and then spend hours drawing them. My mom and grandmother taught me about sewing at a young age, and over the years I taught myself everything else I know by just trying things out…
Linen is mainly what fabric I use, the way it drapes and rumples and wrinkles and all it’s little nubs and the way the dye is always just a bit muted… there is no comparison!!!
I hope my clothing makes you smile, every outfit is made with lotsa love!
When I came upon Maria’s booth at the Fenton Street Market, I nearly had chest pains. Her lovely little space was brimming with so much prettiness, I didn’t know where to look first! As a sewer, I am always drawn to lovely things made with fabric, and Maria’s creations were the prettiest fabric things I’d seen in a long time.
Maria makes a variety of jewelry and fashion accessories for her shop, called Little Blue Studio. She uses fabric, crystals, semi precious stones, wire, and even sea shells. Every item is a little bit different from the last, because she’s always looking for something new to make, and new ways to interpret old favorites.
In addition to her gorgeous flowers that become hair accessories, brooches, and necklaces, I was particularly impressed by her mermaid lures, jewelry pieces that are created from found sea shell fragments and pearls.
Not only did I find the concept of a mermaid lure undeniably seductive (like living in a fantasy novel!), I completely fell in love with her modern and unusual presentation of pearls. It’s so easy to dismiss pearls as old fashioned, but that would be impossible with Maria’s creations.
The imperfections in the found shell fragments are what inspire Maria to turn them into something gorgeous…to force viewers to see the beauty in something that was discarded and overlooked.
Maria comes from a family of makers. Sewing, cooking, gardening, carpentry, and many other creative pursuits made up her home life. Although she started her creative career as a painter, making jewelry became more practical as her family grew, and she needed to be more flexible with time. She was drawn to using fabric, because of her mother’s skill as a sewer, but is looking forward to incorporating more metalsmithing into her creations.
Maria’s favorite thing to make is always the item she’s working on at the moment! “When you make something, it carries an intangible to your customer,” she says. “The only way to do that, is to love what you are doing.” Maria believes that when you are no longer in love with the thing you are making, it’s time to move on.
Carrie moved from Long Beach, CA to Quincy, MA about a year ago. She’s now just south of Boston and can be there in a matter of minutes. Providence, RI is also very close, and while “It’s like a different world here.“, she likes it very much and her dog, Francesca, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, loves the snow!
Carrie describes herself as an artist, animal lover, some-time nihilist, and some-time optimist. Carrie says, “I wish I could say that I had all kinds of free time for fun stuff, but I also work full time as a picture framer to help pay the bills. Between my job and keeping things organized at home, I don’t have much time. I do however make sure to spend lots of time walking my dog at the beach down the road.”
Carrie likes to play ice hockey. She says she’s terrible, but loves it. Check out all her wonderful illustrations at her store SepiaLepus.
How long have you been creating?
Drawing dinosaurs was my thing when I was about 4. That’s as far back as I remember. I also had an obsession with drawing Sperm Whales battling Giant Squid in 2nd grade. I still love to create images involving creatures with tentacles. I was always drawing and that was what I was known for from elementary through high school.
Do you have a favorite type of art style you do?
I don’t really have a favorite style. I do try to mix things up from time to time. It’s great to experiment and see how your work evolves. You take in so much in your day to day life and it influences you even if you don’t really notice it.
Why did you start?
Good question. I can’t really remember! It’s been so long.
Where do you get your materials?
I have tons of art supplies that I still use from when I was at art school. We had to use so many different mediums and techniques that I ended up with a surplus. I’m only now starting to have to replace things. Luckily, my frame shop has a pretty good array of supplies. I did get my Print Gocco and I continue to get supplies for it from Etsy sellers.
Can you tell us a little of your process?
My sketch books are a constant source of material. I have so many books filled with doodles and quickly sketched out ideas. I often go back to something that I drew years ago to turn into a finished illustration. Something small like a little character study can turn into a whole series of paintings.
Do you have a dedicated work area/room?
My small studio is just too small for me now! We are moving next month to a much larger place where I will have my own studio room upstairs and a basement. I have big plans for the basement. Metal arts and ceramics studio. We really lucked out with this new place.
Is this your full-time job? Hobby? Fun?
I have a great time creating and I wish it was my full time job. I am working on making that happen. Maybe this will be the year for me!
Where do you get your ideas?
Animals and nature. I love everything that creeps, crawls, swims etc! One thing that I have always been grateful for was the fact that I have never had a problem coming up with ideas. I only wish I had the time to finish more of them!
Do you have a best seller?
I think that my best seller is my print called Arctic. It’s one of my favorites.
What is your favorite?
Right now my favorite is Runnnn! because it makes me laugh.
What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
Making a living doing what I love. I hope to have my freelance career up and running. I would love to illustrate children’s books and of course keep creating and selling my prints.
Have any advice for people trying to start their own handcrafted business?
I’m usually looking to others for advice! I would say don’t limit yourself to one venue. Etsy is great but it’s so easy to be buried especially now that there are so many shops. Get out and book some craft shows. There are some great indie arts and crafts fairs out there. I have only recently started doing some smaller shows and I have had pretty good luck. I’m hoping to make it a regular part of my weekends. I’m lucky that my husband likes to go with me!
“Quo me amat, amat et canem meam. “Love me, love my dog.” St. Bernard