I am a sucker for things made out of metal, and I am a sucker for amazing handmade jewelry. So... I am a BIG sucker for Carrie Bilbo's work. In short, it rocks a LOT, and apparently, you all thought so to because her feature last year was a huge hit.
It is my great pleasure to present Ms. Carrie Bilbo and her amazing designs.
Name: Carrie Bilbo
Business: Carrie Bilbo Art Jewelry
What do you love about your work?
I love that my work is not just a piece of cheap jewelry or accessory. It is a handmade piece of art work, a wearable sculpture that is made completely by me, the artist. I also love the feeling and joy I get from making a new piece that I think is really great or sometimes even the sense of accomplishment I get. Once and a while when I do a really difficult technique or piece of work and it is finished, I am honestly impressed with myself. That feeling is one of the feelings that keeps me going, because owning my own business can get pretty hard, stressful, and lonely at times.
What’s the best gift you have ever been given?
Although I am very thankful for all of the jewelry tools that have been given to me as gifts over the past few years, I can't really think of any gift off the top of my head that could be given quite the title of "best gift ever". So instead I will name a memorable christmas/ christmas gift. One Christmas maybe when I was maybe 6 or so, my two best friends and I really wanted these Magic Nursery Triplet dolls for Christmas. They just seemed like the coolest things in the world from the commercials. Then Christmas came and of course I got them. Then my family and I went over my two best friends' house for Christmas dinner and I show up at the door with my triplets, in their little carrier, around my waist (like a fanny pack). I come in to the house and both my friends got them too and had the carriers around their waists as well. We wore them all of Christmas day and probably for the next month straight. It must have been a pretty funny sight to see, but I remember those little triplet dolls being the coolest things ever. My two best friends and I still talk about them and that Christmas.
What do you do to make your customers feel special?
I would say one thing I do is communication. I send emails thanking them for their order and double checking sizes and such. I get a lot of questions and special requests too, so I think having that open line of communication between the buyer and seller makes it a more personal experience and that they are buying from an artist and not a machine. I do a lot of custom work as well, so when I do that I am always communicating back and forth very thoroughly so the customer gets exactly what they are looking for.
What are you working on to make your work stand out this holiday season (feel free to add pics of new items here)?
Idk about stand out, but I have been and will continue to add a lot of new items, mostly from my new collection, "The Twentyten Collection." Then I will be running some sales here and there on pieces up until Christmas as well.
What do you want people to know about you and/or your work?
That it is real, and will last forever. I feel most of my work is very timeless in design as it is, but also it is a very well crafted piece of art and will last. Every step of the process of my jewelry is me; From the design of the piece, to the design of my logo, to the making of the piece, to the sales, packaging, and shipping of the piece. When you buy one of my pieces of jewelry you are buying from the artist and are buying a well crafted piece of art. This is not a big company to where the design is stolen from an artist, then changed 11%, sent off to China, sent back to the US, and then sold at a 500% markup. My work is art and it is real, it will last forever.
*Bonus Question*: What’s your favorite thing about the holidays?
I guess that is brings people together. Going home, back to Cincinnati, and getting to see my family and friends. Also making cookies and delicious sweet items ( I have a huge sweet tooth), and then stuffing your face with them for a few days with no judgement. lol…
(Valid until 11/8/10)
Discount Code: tosenasplendida (good in her Etsy shop)
Giveaway Item(s): Bark Ring (like the one to your right... worth $200!)
To win the Giveaway: Head over to Carrie's Etsy shop. Come back and tell us (in the comments section) which one of her photographs would make a great gift for someone in your life, and why. Make it good, we judge on how fab your story is. We are looking to lift spirits people...bring on the happy holiday-ness!
Giveaway and Discount Ends: 12/8/10