Today's featured artist is Elizabeth Kimble of Elizabeth Jayne. Elizabeth makes really fabulous beaded necklaces, bracelets and earrings. She's offering a 10% discount on selected items in her store right now. Click here to read Elizabeth's blog.
Q. Tell me a little about yourself:
I'm a passionate person. Little things make me happy. I squeal at old junk.
I love semicolons; languages; cheese, wine, and peanut butter; cars, old and new; video games; the outdoors; geeky jokes; music; and traveling.
An atom says to her friend, "Darn, I think I've lost an electron." The friend says "Are you sure?" She answers: "Yes, I'm positive!"
Q. When did you first start crafting?
I got a beading kit for my 9th birthday. After making a few bracelets and keychains, I soon became bored with it and asked my mother if she'd like the beads. Fast forward a few years, whereupon my mom has turned cheapo pony beads into multiple tool boxes full of gemstones, findings, metals, you name it and its there. Naturally I can't resist playing with all the pretty beads...so now it has come back full circle and I have the beading bug! I can hear my mom cackling right this moment.
Q. Please describe your art in detail. What's your favorite type of crafting/art?
I've been dabbling in knitting, sewing and paper art, but my specialty is jewelry making. I'm constantly trying new things from utilizing buttons differently, to repurposing vintage goods to make altered art, to wire wrapping and so on! If it involves a pretty bauble I'm there. I also commission the lampwork art of my good friend Mary Foster.
Q. How has your work evolved from your earlier work?
The beads I use might change a bit, but my core philosophy is still the same: Make eclectic, fun jewelry that's glamorous enough for everyday.
Q. Where do you get your inspiration?
This might sound silly – but I get most of my inspiration from the beads themselves! I buy (or find) whatever calls to me, and luckily there's always been more beads that coordinate at home. Another source is necessity: sometimes I really want a necklace etc. to go with a certain outfit, so I make one.
Q. Where are your products sold?
At my Etsy store, Elizabeth Jayne or around Fort Smith Arkansas at one of our many craft shows.
Q. What advice can you give other crafters when selling their items?
The adage "Pictures are worth a thousand words" is true, but don't neglect your descriptions either! Both ought to sell the item.
Q. Describe yourself in three words:
Passionate. Fun. Quirky.
Q. Is there is anything else you'd like to share with us?
Enjoy the day, and tell someone you love them!
I hoped you enjoyed this interview. Now pop on over to Elizabeth Jayne!