MarchMeetTheMaker: Product in use

MarchMeetTheMaker: Product in use

Day 31 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Product in use/wild For the final day of this challenge (one day late), I thought I’d show a photo of myself with two of my creations. The necklace is from my Branches and Bones collection of jewelry (available at Raven & Moth and Bricolage Art Collective) and the phone case is from my Birth Month Flower series and is available...
Day 30 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Support

Day 30 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Support

Oh wow, how can I choose just one thing to post for this one? I have gotten so much support from so many people over the years! First up – my parents. From believing in my art enough to send me to art school and supplying me with whatever art supplies I needed as long as I was a student, to purchasing art from me over the years, to the recent investment they made to help me buy the products I had made with my designs in the last year so I had something to sell – they have been great financial supporters. Next up – Sandi, my sister and lifelong best friend. She’s my biggest fan, best salesperson, biggest collector and has invested in more than I can count to help me make things. My friends – especially Mary Thorsby – for supporting what I do, buying my art, getting me work and promoting the hell out my art and design work. Also, my very favorite person on the planet to work on projects with! And finally, my adopted home of Paducah, Kentucky – Paducah has been supporting me since I moved here 15 years ago by showing my work (thanks Raven & Moth, Bricolage Art Collective, Yeiser Art Center, Ephemera Paducah), buying my art, design services and products (too many to list!), writing about me in magazines (thanks Paducah Life Magazine) and sharing my work on social media. I couldn’t do what I do without all of...
Day 29 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Most difficult make

Day 29 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Most difficult make

Day 29 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Most difficult make Everything I make requires precision and a very steady hand, but probably none more so than the jewelry I make with these tiny little slices of tree branches. It’s hard to tell in this photo, but the little pieces of wood are about the size of my pinky nail. First, they are hard to hold onto while I’m drawing. My fingers get cramped! I’ve tried holding them in pliers or in a ring clamp, but they are awkward. When I first started making them several years ago, I could see well enough to focus on the little tiny details, but these days it’s harder for me to focus my aging eyes and I have had to resort to using either a magnifying lamp or glasses. But they are so damn cute! I love drawing small detailed flowers and bodies and...
Day 28 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Packaged

Day 28 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Packaged

Most of my work that gets shipped out is print on demand and comes directly from the manufacturer, so there’s not a whole lot I can do about the packaging. My favorite POD company is Printful. Aside from having a great variety of high quality products, they allow you to use your own branding on their packaging. I also love that many of their products allow you to design your own labels. When I do ship things out myself, I make sure to add a few special touches… stickers and branded packing tape from Sticker...