Sunday, August 12, 2007

Featured Artist of the Week

Our artist this week is Tia and she makes small sculptures and assemblages.

Here is our interview with Tia:

Describe what you make?

I love to create and I have many varied creative interests. I design jewelry and hair accessories but my absolute favorite love is polymer clay! Each of my Sculptures are One of a Kind, original pieces of art. I don't use molds or casts in my creations - each piece starts out as a lump of clay and then imagination takes over!

For jewelry, I love to recycle and repurpose old items. Most of my Pendants are hand-made from old game pieces, like RummiKub pieces, old poker chips, etc. I bring them back to life with hand-cut printed paper, painted embellishments, and treasured findings.

What mediums do you enjoy working in most?

I use a lot of paper, glitter, clay and all sorts of found items!

How long have you been creating craft?

All my life. I've gone through all kinds of phases with crafting - from sewing, to creating earrings, pendants and bracelets out of old vinyl records (we're talking 18 years ago!). I have 1/2 my garage made up into a studio and storage - just for craft!

My kids were always the kids at school who brought hand-made Valentine's Day cards and Gifts for their friends and teachers. I've kept one of each and have them in my "Treasure" trunk. (see below)

My family and friends all know that I will make them something for their birthday or Christmas. A crocheted quilt, jewelry of some sort or home made breads. I love one of a kind, handmade items and I've made my family love them too.

How did you get started?

I have been a crafter all my life. The earliest memories I have are of my mother and I creating things. One of the first things I remember creating was "stained glass" art - out of wax paper and leaves or crayon shavings. You sandwich them and then iron - beautiful!

It's been in the last 6 months that I've ventured online to sell. Its an adventure that I'm totally ready for!

Where does the name of your shop come from?

When I was little my mother had decorated an old trunk by painting it with flowers and rainbows (very 1970's.) Inside I keep all of my old school artwork, my old valentines and "treasured" items (plus artwork from my kids). Thus - Tia's Treasures.

What would you most want people to know about your work?

That I create every piece with care and love. I really care about what I create - its a little piece of me - and I hope that you will enjoy it too!

What words of advice do you have for other artists?

Believe in yourself, create what makes you happy and gives you pleasure and pride. If you're proud of your work, if you're happy making it - it will show through in the finished piece. Love what you do!


Come see Tia's shop! Great gifts!
While you are at Etsy come by and visit with us!

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