Friday, January 25, 2008

Etsy Featured Shop: D. S. Brennan Photography

D. S. Brennan Photography is an Etsy shop featuring the work of Diana Brennan. She has been interested in photography for nearly as long as she can remember, though says that "it wasn't until my first photography class in High School that the bug really bit. Years later, when the purchase of a digital SLR made access to a darkroom unnecessary, I jumped back into the medium with full force." She works predominantly with black and white photography, though some of her photographs feature a splash of color or more. Her photographs are available as prints suitable for framing or on items like notecards.

Diana works in the environmental science field, and says that her love for the environment influences her photography. Nearly all of her photographs are of outdoor scenes, with some featuring man-made objects within their natural surroundings. All of her photographs can be made into prints of different sizes, and most can be converted to a picture on a notecard.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Etsy Featured Shop: Julie Beck Paintings and Prints

Today's featured artist is Julie Beck of Julie Beck Paintings and Prints. Julie is a motion graphics designer by day, and she spends her afternoons and evenings painting and being involved with the Providence Roller Derby team. Her paintings are original acrylic paintings, and she sells both the originals and prints in her Etsy shop, which has been open for about six months.

Julie says that her favorite piece in her shop is "Obsolete Beast," the first painting displayed in this article. This piece took over 2 years to complete (nearly half of her painting career), and holds a great deal of significance for her. She also enjoys doing custom work, and has found that people's houses are popular subjects that she is asked to render in acrylic. As she notes, "they make fantastic personalized gifts!"

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Etsy Featured Shop: The Venerable Bead

Today's featured shop is The Venerable Bead, the Etsy shop of Paula McDonough. Paula is a mother of two and a social worker, in addition to being a talented beadmaker. She works with borosilicate glass beads--beads made from the combination of glass and fire. She has been working with jewelry and beading for more than ten years, and has been working with boro glass beads for nearly 3 years. Her Etsy shop has been open for under a year, but she has had considerable success with her boro glass pendants and beaded jewelry.

Paula says that one of her most popular items in her shop are those that incorporate a bead made directly on the shaft of a vintage skeleton key. These have "taken off in my shop like I could never have imagined." She enjoys making the implosion pendants, which appear to have an implosion or a blooming flower inside of them. I particularly like the story that she includes in the description of this implosion pendant.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Etsy Featured Shop: HarmonyVanLue

Harmony VanLue Tanguay, of the Etsy shop HarmonyVanLue is a relative newcomer to the world of painting (as well as to Etsy), but her work displays a considerable innate talent for the medium. Harmony sells small format oil paintings and prints of her original works. These paintings are primarily still life paintings, and on first glance, you might think you are looking at a photograph. Look a little closer, however, and you will realize that it's actually an amazingly detailed painting.

When asked about her favorite paintings in her shop, Harmony says "I like to paint all sorts of things, and each subject draws me to it for different reasons. I really enjoy the challenge of painting reflective surfaces, so a lot of my subject matter is shiny objects. I also love doing figurative work." Whether the painting is a self portrait or a detailed rendering of a piece of silverware, Harmony's paintings are one of a kind, and sure to amaze.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Etsy Featured Shop: Sea Find Designs

Author's note: This week, I will be featuring artists from Rhode Island on Shop Etsy. These artists and crafters are a part of Arts in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island street team on Etsy. Please check out their blog for many more talented artists; I'm featuring only a few!

Tracy Prince, the talented hands behind Sea Find Designs, comes from a family of artistic and crafty people. She says that when it came to crafts, "I had no choice, it was obligatory!
We all have severe ADHD, it was either craft or crime!!!" She opened her Etsy shop last summer, where she sells a variety of jewelry made from sea glass and beach stones. The result is a beautiful array of colors and neutrals in necklaces, earrings, bracelets/anklets, and rings.

While I'm a fan of the brighter colored items, some of the neutral colored pieces have a beauty and elegance that I also appreciate. Also, for those who don't wear jewelry, Tracy makes some items for the home from sea glass and beach stones. She also sells some supplies, and a bit of jewelry made out of other materials, like guitar picks.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Etsy Seller Profile: CircleArt

Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but most of us are practical enough to know that sometimes other jewelry is much more appropriate. If you're looking for a piece of jewelry that is both beautiful and unique, while steering away from diamonds, the Etsy shop CircleArt, home of Susan Murphy, is a great place to begin your search. With her choices of earrings and necklaces (and sometimes bracelets), you are sure to find something that will appeal to your tastes or the tastes of someone upon whom you want to bestow a gift.

Susan has lived in a variety of places all across the globe, including a 17 year stay in Germany. She currently resides in Woodinville, Washington, near Seattle. Like so many sellers on Etsy, she has been doing one craft or another for the majority of her life, though she has only worked on jewelry making for about 2 years. She first learned to make jewelry through an event she coordinated for staff members at a school where she worked in Maryland. She was hooked on jewelry making with her first pair of earrings (no pun intended).

CircleArt only opened on Etsy a little over six months ago, though Susan has been selling her jewelry since she learned to make it. So far, Susan has found that her copper earrings have been the most popular item in her shop. (In fact, they have been so popular that, at this writing, her shop is sold out of copper earrings!) Whether you like your earrings to be gold tone or silver tone, CircleArt has pieces to fit your preferences. Several pairs of earrings feature smaller beads dangling from chains, while other, shorter earrings showcase larger beads as their focal point, accented with smaller beads. Colors range throughout the spectrum, and Susan is happy to make custom pieces for weddings or other occasions, with the colors you like best worked into the finished pieces.

In addition to earrings on their own, CircleArt also offers necklace and earring sets, or necklaces alone. The necklace and earring sets allow you to choose a stunning matched ensemble. For those who prefer their jewelry to be more complimentary than perfectly matched, there are certain to be wonderful combinations that can be made between CircleArt's individual necklaces and pairs of earrings.

In addition to the work of arranging the various bits into finished pieces of jewelry, Susan also makes many of the components that she uses in her CircleArt jewelry. She has made copper and silver components, along with the lampwork beads seen in her jewelry items.