Your business name: foundling: new things made from old things
Well golly, Betsy is officially one tough nut to crack! The best I could get out of her is that she lives in Ashville, NC. She has an awesome shop assistant. She adores old things and is totally committed breathing new life into old pieces. She draws her inspiration from things she collects and finds in her travels.... bits of old paper, lovely textiles.
1. What five words best describe you?
Quirky, happy, hopeful, bemused, industrious
2. What five words best describe your work?
Sweet, modern, rustic, clever, irreverent
3. What was the very first art form you fell in love with, and, do you still do it?
Macaroni necklaces. And, yes, I suppose that's still what I'm doing now.
4. What was your very worst ‘real’ job?
Waiting tables. Ugh. People are at their worst when they're hungry.
5. Is artwork your full-time life? Or, if not, are you planning to make it that way? If so, what’s your favorite part about being a full-time creative?
I've been doing this full-time for about two years now. I have a lot of favorite parts. I love the rhythm of repetitive work and watching finished pieces pile up slowly over a day is really satisfying to me. I love it that my work makes people happy, and I love it when I get to hear about that. I get a lot of problem solving done by day-dreaming in a really detached, spaced out looking kind of way. I love it that I can indulge that at will in my own studio. Also, that making things all day has done nothing to damper my enthusiasm for extra-curricular creative efforts.
6. What do you think is the single most important thing you could tell an artist just starting out?
Start thinking of yourself as a business person and an artist. Read Meg Auman's blog, craftmba.com, and Tara Gentile's blog, scoutiegirl.com. Take a small business class if you can. Devote time to working on your business the way you devote time to working on your art.
7. What is your favorite way to distribute our work (craft shows, online, galleries, etc…), and why?
I love doing shows where I can watch people interact with the jewelry. My favorite designs and patterns are never the most popular ones and it's so important for me and and for my wholesale customers to know what the people buying and wearing my work are really loving. It's also super flattering for me to watch someone fall in love with a piece. That kind of thing keeps me going when things are feeling rough.
9. Favorite artist?
Jennifer Davis is my favorite right now.
10. Guilty pleasure?
Frosted sugar cookies.
~~~ GIVEAWAY ~~~
Betsy has generously offered one winner her beautiful Sweet Ring Set, as seen here, custom made in your size!:
- Go to Betsy's Etsy page. Find your very favorite item.
- After that, come on back and leave a comment below telling us what your favorite item was and why (the 'why' is the part we really look for when deciding on a winner... so be creative!).
You may enter only once. The contest is open until 4pm Pacific time on the Monday following the original feature (so it's open for about six days). Winners will be posted on Tuesday morning, along with the new featured artist's piece. If you have any questions, please contact me, not the artist.
IMPORTANT: If you want to be contacted (if you are the winner), you need to leave your email address in your comment (I suggest spelling out the @(at) and the .(dot) to avoid spam from internet crawlers, or you may also leave your Etsy screen name, if applicable. If you don't leave either, you need to check back and contact me by the Friday following the contest ending to see of you won, and will need to email me (see Winner's Box in the upper right sidebar).
Bonus Entries- **You can earn an extra entry for each of the following: Follow my blog and/or follow me on Facebook. Both links are on the right-hand sidebar. Just make sure you note that you did these in your comment below!**
Please note: The winner is chosen by me and the featured artist based on your responses...so make 'em good! We make no claims that the selection is random:) It is between you and the featured artist to coordinate the getting of your loot. I make no personal guarantees about time-frame for delivery, value, or condition of the winning item.
~~~~~~~~~~ Last Week's Winners: Mary (wrote about bluejays) and JarosDesigns... CONGRATS! ~~~~~~~~~~