Sunday, May 22, 2011

Featured Artist Of The Month

This month's featured artist is Jacqueline of Spokane United States. I got a chance to interview her about her collection from lovely jewelry to throw cushions and supplies! Here is what she had to say...

What type of artwork do you do?

NedjmaBazaar makes jewelry and decor inspired by culture and nature, with a heavy African and Arabian influence.

My shop MesEtoiles makes edibles. mostly non perishables like teas and spice blends with a cooking lesson, which I call the MesEtoiles world chef series. This is where I adapt favorite restaurant fare from different cultures to recipes for weeknight meals anyone can make. I find this to be valuable for saving money and being adventurous in your repertoire. I also make spicy chocolate truffles... which are very popular.

How long have you been creating?
How long have I been alive? I have been drawing, painting, cooking, and beading as far back as I can remember. Although I have surely adapted and improved over the years.

How much time do you spend working on your craft?
Typically, anywhere for 20-30 hours a week. Then another 20-30 promoting and selling it.

What inspires you to create?
Well, there is a never ending whirlwind of thoughts that race through my head all the time. I think there is a little elf in my head that grabs thoughts as they race by and puts them together and hands them to me - No! Seriously, I am heavily inspired by nature, culture, and color. I love rich and dramatic color combination's.

Do you have a designing process?
Yes, but its more a non-process. its like reading tea leaves. The pieces fall where they fall and I try to make sense of them. Once I organized my bead bucket and subsequently had a creators block until they all fell off a shelf and ended up back in a bucket. I let the beads tell me what to do, rather than the other way around.

Where do you do your creating?
At home. Typically on my couch although I have been beading in the back yard all week while my son plays. I do a lot of creating in my head. I pretty much never stop creating. Oh, and my kitchen of course.

Have you always been artsy?
Since i came out of the womb. My mom is an artist and my dads family are musicians. It is in our blood and we are never happy doing anything else.

Do you have another job?
I did but now I do not. I am doing all I can to make creation my job, on Etsy and otherwise.

Where do you sell your pieces?
Currently I sell on Etsy as well as locally. I am coming up with ideas for other venues as well.

Do you enjoy what you do?
Immensely! I stopped creating when my son was born and became so depressed and lost. I feel like now that I am back to doing what I love, I have woken up from a deep sleep. I am very thrilled about it.

Do you have a favorite piece in your shop?
I have several. I have one simple pair of earrings that I had to make myself a clone of. I loved them so much: Tribal Earrings and for my more complex work it would have to be my
Earthy Beaded Necklace really though, its hard to choose.

Do you have a blog or website setup?

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