Tim’s Sally: Painting for me, is a nostalgic descent back to my childhood – a time when dolls were a huge part of my life. Today is not altogether different. I think of my paintings as play sets where I dress my dolls up and create their own environment. Sometimes this “land” is a sweet setting of animals, nature, and innate innocence while others are captivated by a mysterious engulfing darkness. I can relate.
Memories of playtime and my special collection of “neat stuff” that I kept in a wooden trunk made specially for me by my uncle were treasures to me. Baby doll heads, vintage dolls, sweet scents of everything yummy are areas of great inspiration. Artists such as Mark Ryden, Joe Sorren, and Casey O’Connell also capture my heart with a sweet tenderness encompassing subtle moments of time we all would like to revisit; a dream state so unique one could only wish to take part.
You know me. I don’t usually fall for Cute… but this is the cutest pincushion ever and even my cold flinty heart cannot resist it!!
By Jen Segrest.
The best season of them all: Spring.
Camera Shy Photography: My name is Hillary Burkett and I live in Richmond VA with the company of 2 cats and a wonderful husband, who is incredibly supportive of my recent art pursuits.
I have a longstanding passion for photography and it has become my outlet. I am always aware and in awe of my surroundings. Nature and wildlife are my primary inspirations.
Beauty is all around us, and through photography, I desperately try to catch the uncatchable, tame the untamable, and box it all up neatly in a viewfinder for others to see and enjoy.
I am an explorer at heart and an artist by consequence.
Creatures and beasties from another world is how you might describe Kristin Parsons‘ whimsical creations. Whether the creatures are fish-like, frog-like or totally unlike anything you’ve seen, kids seem to love these illustrations. Kristin worked as an inker at an animated cartoon studio in Barcelona in the mid 60’s and has continued to create work inspired by the little ones in her life over the last 60 years.
Over the years she’s had gallery shows, both group and solo, in the United States and Europe and has illustrated a couple of books. You could certainly imagine a picture book full of these critters. Each creature starts as hand drawings and then are scanned in and digitally manipulated to achieve the colorful finished product.
My favorite item from my Etsy shop is “Flower Inspection,” because it reminds me of my grandson, who’s four and always busy figuring out how things are put together.
An artist at heart, Kristin has been creating since she was 2 years old. While she has been selling her work offline for some time now, she’s just recently started selling online after discovering it as a way to share her work with potentially thousands of people every day.
A recent Florida transplant, she is currently only selling online. Kristin comes from a long line of artists – both her grandfathers and an aunt were artists, and, like them, she started drawing from a very early age. Growing up, she lived in three countries in Europe and stayed for art school.
She has one daughter with her husband, and a grandson who is a constant source of inspiration (and I gather from her conversation with me, pride). Her shop is truly Freshly Made, she’s only been listing for a few days and is working on adding more creative creatures. If you know of a kiddo who would love these funny fellows, make sure to check out her shop.
You’ve seen her in the Gallery, and now you can hear directly from Sheilah herself about SSheilah.
What is your craft / art / creative endeavor?
I am currently infatuated with beads and string, so I make beaded, crocheted or knitted hats and scarves and mitts; my husband makes lovely creative jewelry from elk antler, desert ironwood and hammered metal. We sell it all at our etsy shop, http://ssheilah.etsy.com.
How did you get started? Have you worked in other creative areas before the kind of work you’re doing now?
Bob made knives before he started in jewelry. He’s a bricklayer and stonemason by trade, so shaping the stones for his jewelry must have come naturally to him. I’ve always worked with my hands – I’ve mostly worked as a cook or in graphic design and marketing.
Do you work alone? With a team? Do you engage your family or friends in the work? What is your process? How do you ensure you get your work done yet still have a life?
We each work alone, with lots of support and opinions from the other. I do the computer stuff, he does the heavy lifting. I do the cooking, he does the dishes!
Where do you sell your work? Which venues are your favorites? Do you prefer selling online or in person? Do you attend shows or fairs? Is your work in a gallery or brick-and-mortar store?
We currently sell in our new etsy shop — http://ssheilah.etsy.com. We also have www.ssheilah.com which used to be my online graphic design portfolio. Bob has had his jewelry and knives in various galleries in the past, but we don’t have any out there at present. We both prefer selling on the internet, as we are loners at heart.
Do you have a favorite handmade shop or seller?
I love her work:
and this one:
and this one:
and of course this one, where I buy yarn:
What inspires and motivates you?
The oddest things inspire me — I have a quilt I’m working on that came from when they discovered water on Mars. The hats I’m working on are from an etsy seller in BC that is inspired by Howl’s Moving Castle, so I’m continuing that theme — it’s wonderful! Bob’s inspiration appears to me to come from deep inside somewhere — when he had a shop in the garage, he’d disappear for a while, then come back with the most beautiful work.
What do you wish I had asked you?
“How did you find us?”
Justine, etsy business blog writer, gave us a list this week of places to promote our work. I’m so glad she included you!
So am I, and thank you Sheilah (and Justine). And if you want to be featured here, just go over to DIY Interview.