Ruthie, also referred to as Rose, is the artist behind Rose Works Jewelry. Not only does today's featured artist make really pretty beaded jewelry, but she also features other artists on her treasury blog. Her blog for her own work can be found here.
Q. Tell me a little about yourself:
My real name is Ruthie - but I answer to Rose or Rosey-Posey a lot because of my shop name. Which is fine! I love Roses :) I'm married to a wonderful man named Moses and we're coming up on our first anniversary in about a month.
I love to write! And I love to feature other artists. So I actually have several blogs... LOL My blog for my jewelry business is Rose Works Jewelry blog. I feature other artists almost daily on Rose Works Treasury blog. Lastly, I just started a new blog that will be a mixed bag. It'll be a place for me to share stories I've written, fun things that happen in my life, book reviews, opinion pieces, and much more!
Q. When did you first start crafting?
Well, I think it's kind of in my blood. My Mom's into crafting so she started me off at a really early age. Some of her attempts didn't take, and oddly enough I'm picking them up now with no problem, go figure.
Q. Please describe your art in detail. What's your favorite type of crafting/art?
Well, other than writing, I love to make jewelry! I've been making it for about 10 years now, but I didn't really get passionate about it until a couple of years ago. Now, I'm completely addicted. I'm always looking for new ways to expand my styles of jewelry and it's the first thing I notice when I'm watching tv or see a friend. Because of this, really the only way to describe my work is to call it eclectic! I carry everything from simple strand necklaces, to wire-work, to handwoven pieces, and coming soon...hemp!
Q. How has your work evolved from your earlier work
I think the biggest way I've evolved is that I now work in a lot more styles. I originally learned the wire-wrapping and I've slowly added different types of jewelry from there!
Q. Where do you get your inspiration?
Literally everything! For my woven work I tend to be inspired by seeing different patterns and going "hmm...how can I express that with beads?" I also love seeing what other artists do and finding ways to make it mine. Other than that...a lot of my ideas come to me as I'm falling asleep!
Q. Where are your products sold (online/stores)?
Right now I'm only on Etsy.
Q. What advice can you give other crafters when selling their items?
Make a variety of items! Don't simply create what appeals to you, look to see what others might like, you never know! When I've done fairs and such some of the pieces that have sold the fastest are things I never would have worn myself.
Q. Describe yourself in three words:
Quirky, Perky, and Weird
Q. Is there is anything else you'd like to share with us?
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