It's Friday and that means it's time for a Friday's Focus feature. Today's theme selector is Nea Allison of BlueDartDesigns on Etsy. I asked Nea to share a bit about herself, her shop, and her creative philosophy, and here's what she had to say!
"I usually describe myself as a rock 'n roll hippie. My friends usually call me "that hippie." I'm crazy about classic rock (especially AC/DC), and strive to be environmentally conscientious. So, the evolution to recycled rock 'n roll inspired jewelry was only a matter of time."
"I wanted to make and wear something interesting and unexpected. When I do wear jewelry (which I often don't!) I want it to be a reflection of my personality-fun, simple, a bit sassy. I figured there are some folks out there that feel the same way. I'm always looking for ways to keep material out of the waste stream, and jewelry seemed like another natural evolution for that need. "
"I go through phases in designs, and always make a "prototype" to wear myself before offering a new style in my shop. This lets me make any adjustments to later pieces, and I won't be heartbroken if a favorite item sells. I've been making jewelry for years, but only started selling recently, thanks to the encouragement of my amazing fiance! I followed him to Texas when he got the orders to deploy, and since he's been gone, making jewelry has been a welcome distraction. It's a great conduit for my artistic sensibilities, and I really hope it's something I can continue with a degree of success!"
I love hearing about what inspires my fellow artisans, and I think a lot of Nea's thoughts and hopes for BlueDartDesigns follow the same common thread that most of us feel. We put a little bit of ourselves into every piece we create - our emotions, our values, our soul essence, and we can only hope that someone comes along who has a similar attitude and way of looking at life, and that they'll appreciate our work and value it as much as we do.
Speaking of attitude, THAT is Nea's theme choice for today! Looking at her designs and reading her thoughts, I got the sense that attitude is a driving force for her - be it an attitude of playfulness, sassyness, or determination. Keeping that in mind, here are some of the great finds I tracked down on Etsy - with my interpretation of "attitude"!
|When Life Gives you LEMONS throw a PARTY Blank Card from aedesigns|
|Personalized PRINCESS Humor Graphic T Shirt from togs4sprogs|
|I Ain't No Bluebird of Happiness Needle Felted Soft Sculpture by McBrideHouse|
|Sweet Sassy and Southern Classy Pink T shirt from CountryCabinCrafts|
|Vinyl Wall Decal Art Sticker - Some People Say I Have Attitude -by WondrousWallArt|
|Attitude Phrase Art Pendant by 4TDesigns|
|Some People Dance in the Rain Contemporary Print by catalyst54|
I hope you've enjoyed this Friday's Focus. If you'd like to have the opportunity to select next Friday's theme (and have a mini-feature of your shop done as well), please leave a comment and share your thoughts on today's selections! Be sure to leave contact information as well. One randomly chosen commenter will be chosen sometime next Thursday (November 17th) afternoon and contacted to decide on a theme! Of course, I love reading your comments for whatever reason you feel the desire to post!
One last question since I'm curious, how would you describe your attitude today?