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Sam from Tatsu Shop Artisan Interview

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Photo above: Mysterious Man & the Chi-lin 8×10 print

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?

I sell art prints, photography prints, ACEO, posters and manga books (self published) of my original manga series – Ronin Yoshino.

How long have you had an interest in art and photography?

I’ve been drawing as long as I can remember. My interest in photography began with my late dog, Juno, who was the inspiration behind my photography. I just couldn’t stop taking photos of him.

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?

I’m a self-taught artist and have been drawing for as long as I can remember. I first created drawings and tin foil sculptures of dinosaurs and other animals when I was a child.

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?

My favorite tools are pencils, pens, markers, Japanese sumi-e brush, Adobe Photoshop, camera & tin foil.


Photo above: Black Cap Chickadee 4×6 matted print

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?

I want to master writing manga comics and sculpting out of clay. I’d love to learn how to create anime, make video games & invent a trading card game.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy drawing, filming, photography, web design, birding, listening to music, taiko drumming, blogging, playing video games and card games, sculpting, researching ancient cultures and mythology.

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)

I probably would like to have been asked why I wish to be interviewed.
My answer –
I could use the exposure and although I have several websites, blogs and shops, the internet is such a big world it’s easy to get lost out there. For me, it’s not just about making money. I love promoting and educating people about world cultures. My Youtube channel has about 98 videos, many of which show festivals and performances by various cultures from Mongolian throat singers to Native American Pow Wows and Japanese Taiko drummers.
I think it’s important for people to step outside their own environment and appreciate other ways, other people, their culture and history.


Photo above: Red Panda 4×6 matted print

Please include ten fun facts about yourself. (Example, I like black jelly beans; I love “24;” etc).

– I love birds, dogs, cats, reptiles and animals of all kinds
– I like old, classic movies, especially comedies like “Arsenic and Old Lace” and old Japanese samurai films
– I like anime and manga
– I’m a nature lover and need to be surrounded by trees
– I want a cow, goats, chickens, ducks and a donkey or mule (really)
– I like cheese
– I collect figurines, anime trading cards & fossils
– I like to draw outside on the lawn with my dog beside me
– I take my camera everywhere
– The original Star Trek (William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy) is one of my favorite TV shows

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.

Websites:
Shinri Art
Ronin Yoshino
Tatsu Shop on Weebly
Tatsu Shop on Artfire
Tatsu Shop on Handmade Artists
Tatsu Shop on Zibbet
Shinri Art Blog
Tatsu Shop on Facebook
Tatsu Shop on Twitter
Sinsei Mori on Youtube


Photo above: Jumonri art print

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June 25th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Mel with Fischer Fine Arts Artisan Interview

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Photo above: Bunny Mosaic Lazy Susan

Today’s interview is with Mel from Fischer Fine Arts. Her shops are full of amazingly beautiful mosaic and fine art!

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?

My daughters, Aimée and Charlee Fischer, and I create mosaics, paint, as well as do photography. We currently are offering prints of our artworks and mosaic home decor and jewelry and we are expanding to include our artworks on other items such as mugs, mousepads, greeting cards, throw pillows, etc.

How long have you had an interest in creating fine art and mosaic art?

I’ve always had an interest in art. My grandmother and mother constantly had various arts projects for my sisters and I to work on. Early on, I mostly drew and painted and but wasn’t until about 8 years ago that I delved into mosaics. My older daughter gave me a mosaic stepping stone kit as a gift and it prompted me to actually start working on mosaics, which I had always wanted to do since I first saw some spectacular ones in Europe.

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?

As my interest in art grew, I took classes, read books and took private lessons. I love to experiment and try new things, whether it’s using a different technique, materials or medium.


Photo above: Mosaic Apple

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?

I love finding unusual items to mosaic on or with, especially things I can upcycle, such as old broken jewelry. For painting, I especially love watercolors. The way the colors blend together and a lot of the interesting effects you can achieve in layering really appeals to me.

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?

I would love to learn how to create pottery, create sculptures, fused glass as well as creating items out of precious metal clays, such as my own unique bezels. It would be a lot of fun to create my own tiles, too, for mosaics.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Aside from spending time with my daughters, reading is perhaps my number one passion. I love to garden and find it very therapeutic. I love to cook, especially gourmet foods.

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)

Who inspires you the most and why? My mother and grandmother have inspired me the most. They’ve taught me to believe in myself, what I do and not to be afraid of challenging myself.


Photo above: Magenta Abstract Sunset Print

Please include ten fun facts about yourself. (Example, I like black jelly beans; I love “24;” etc).

1) I have very long toes. People used to tease me about them and called them “monkey toes”. When I was young, I used to practice writing and drawing by holding a pencil between my toes.
2) I have a hard time falling asleep unless I read for a while. It helps clear my mind from work and day to day ‘brain clutter’.
3) Inspiration and ideas often come to me at the oddest times so I always have paper and a pen/pencil to scribble down notes or make a quick sketch. Some of my best ideas come to me in dreams, too, so I have to have paper and pencil handy.
4) I played violin for over 20 years.
5) HGTV and Food Network are my favorite TV channels to watch.
6) I lived in Europe for 6 years.
7) I was a nanny for a year, caring for 4 children ranging from 6 months old to 9 years old.
8) My favorite foods are steak and crab.
9) As much as I love to mosaic, I dislike grouting as it’s very messy.
10) By the time I was 30, I had moved over 25 times. I am certainly not planning on moving any time soon!

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.

Fischer Fine Arts
Fischer Fine Arts on Etsy
Fischer Fine Arts on Handmade Artists
Fischer Fine Arts on Zazzle
Fischer Fine Arts on Facebook


Moustached Steampunk Rabbit – Watercolor

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June 18th, 2012 at 12:00 pm