Thursday, 19 February 2009

21st Century metal

After casually posting in the Etsy forums that I needed blog inspiration, I was delighted to be introduced to artist, blacksmith Whitney Potter. I have been instantly grabbed by Whitney's work: is it the typographic elements, so close to my designer's heart? Or is it the fact that some of his pieces look decidedly like rippled chocolate!

Despite there being less than 30 items in Whitney Potter's shop, his work is extremely varied, with folding and cutting, hammering and twisting. Designs are fluid and original. If only we had a touchy-feely interface!

Friday, 13 February 2009

If you've got the 5Erg… smile: it's good for you!

I'm rather fascinated by shop owners who are multi-talented: where do they find the time and energy to produce, let alone the ideas? This week I have enjoyed looking around 5Erg's 24/7 craft fair. Silja, just a nipper at the tender age of 20, is our creative. Pop in to this diverse and exciting store and you will find original art, in the form of tiny oil paintings; beaded jewellery as well as engaging felted critters. A plethora, testament to this young artistic mind!

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Front page power

I have been fortunate enough to feature on the front page at Etsy twice in the last week. Both times items have sold from my store, but not necessarily the item that was featured. Being on the front page clearly demonstrates that there is someone out there for every item you're selling; it's just a matter of bringing the two together!

Image thanks to Etsy Front Pagers

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Valentine contribution

I've just been playing close to the wire! With just a lonely few inches of wire left in my workbox I thought I'd have a bit of fun with my planishing hammer and make something sweet for Valentine's Day. And here they are… ta-da!

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Alleluia Alicia

I am absolutely delighted to see that the website of Alicia Abla is back online with a lovely selection of graphic silver charms and stylish earrings. What's more Alicia has items in her Etsy store too! But watch out: her jewellery is selling fast!

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Snow fun!

Yesterday I completely abandoned ship… forget housework, design work, jewellery making and online shop management! We went straight up the North Downs and had fun with the kids instead!