Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Winner of the giveaway is
The wonderful Giveaway has ended, I hope you all got your entries in and I'm just disheartened that I could not enter as well. :(
But Yay for the Lucky Winner who gets to keep her feet warm in these comfy slippers!

The Alchemy Speculum necklace is amazing, you really should take a look in his store to see better photos! I love all the ways that this piece can be taken. Hatred for Self Image is what pops into my mind first. How about you? I'd be interested in hearing about what this piece means to you..?

Fatboydesign has great jewelry, and I absolutely love that he can sew, knit, crochet, and make beautifully wearable art!

He may need to have a talk with my husband...hmm.. (hehe)

Great new contest on fatboydesin's blog! Win a purse and possibly a necklace too!

I guess my talent was discovered a couple years ago around Christmas when my wife and I were looking for a better gift idea for friends. I just decided that I'd try my hand at making them some jewelry, and the rest is history. In terms of my grandpa was a tailor his whole life and used to teach me how to sew on his old Singer treadle machine, so for my birthday last year I finally went out and bought a machine. The knitting on the other hand...that was just one of those things I went out and just wanted to learn.

The most important influence in my work is probably my mom. She was always very encouraging when I was younger when it came to arts and crafts. She always let me have that creative outlet and never pushed me into doing anything that I didn't want to do. Other than her, really the world is my inspiration. I try to just look around at everything and see what comes to me. A lot of my work really depicts who I am. I try to keep with style that will appeal to everyone, but at the same time I tend to throw in at least one little slightly out of place thing that keeps with my signature style.

It's hard to choose just one favorite piece that I've done, but if I had to choose I would have to say the Alchemy Speculum necklace.

I'm a big fan of gothic style, and the double imagery of the pendant has a beautiful yet chilling side to it.

Most of my work is done just sitting around in front of the TV with my wife and dogs. I've never been the type of person who could concentrate in quiet environments. The most creative moments usually come later at night. With my regular job I'm used to being up all night so that's usually when the most ideas come to me.

All of my work speaks to me in some way or another, but the most important thing to me is that people just appreciate what I do.

I've found that there are some pros to being a male artist. Mostly because people can't believe that I'm the one that made the pieces. They immediately look to my wife and she has to tell them that I'm the one who made it.

I don't really think that I should be promoted for being a male artist. I tend to care more about what the pieces look like and the quality of them over who actually made them.

Most of my self-promotion is done through word of mouth. I've done a little advertising on craigslist, but I usually let my work spur conversation and then just pass out a business card. Some of my work is seen on the morning show that I direct. My morning anchor has quite a few pieces that she wears on the show, so that has helped a little. The biggest thing is that I've been in TV for almost 10 years, so I have a lot of friends around the country that help to spread the word as well.

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