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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

Siso from Poptarts and Jelly Artisan Interview

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Today’s interview is with Siso of Poptarts and Jelly on Etsy, a handmade eclectic shop that offers wall art, painting, cushions, jewelery, iPod cases, and more for sale!


Photo above: Flying Birds in a Sunset

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
We pretty much offer a little bit of everything. We mainly focus on our paintings/wall art, iPod cozys and cushions but we’ve recently branched off into making jewellery, which is something we’ve always enjoyed.

How long have you had an interest in painting and making a variety of handmade items?
I’ve been painting ever since I was very little but never knew I could do anything with my art until I found etsy. My best friend (who operates the shop with me) does most of the sewing and has been sewing ever since she was little as well but we have started working on big projects together.

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?
I’ve never really had any art classes and both of us have never taken sewing classes but we do have very skilled mothers who taught us the ropes and still help us when we break our sewing machines (which is quite often).


Photo above: Alice in Wonderland inspired painting

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?
We love working on canvas and for our sewn items we love to use felt, cotton and cotton blend fabrics.

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?
Because we’re relatively new, the main focus is perfecting the skills we already have and we’ve been working on sewing a dress but we’d love to get better at that. Wire wrapped jewellery is also something we’d love to make.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Aside from painting and crafting we love to dance and spend time with family. We have a lot of exams though so sometimes we have to vary our priorities.

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)
“What is the main inspiration behind your art and crafts?”
We make things we love and think other people would love, and I guess that’s where our creations stem from. In terms of our art, we like to draw inspiration from our surroundings.


Photo above: Shabby Chic floral heart key ring

Please include ten fun facts about yourself. (Example, I like black jelly beans; I love “24;” etc).
My name is Siso and my best friend’s name is Heather.
Me:
1. I love Prison Break and have watched the full 4 seasons multiple times.
2. Until I was 7 years old, I lived in Africa (and now live in the UK).
3. I love cold weather.
4. My favourite song is Across The Universe.
5. My favourite book is between The Hobbit and Northern Lights.
Heather
1. I love dogs.
2. My middle name is Jerry
3. I used to be an acrobat in a circus.
4. I would love to be a professional dancer.
5. I love sewing!

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.
Poptarts and Jelly on Etsy
Poptarts and Jelly on Tumblr


Photo above: Kawaii lady bug customizable iPod / phone cozy

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June 4th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Amelia from Inameliart Artisan Interview

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Today’s interview is with Amelia from Inameliart Etsy Shop. No matter if you’re from Poland (where Amelia lives), Poughkeepsie, or wherever, you’ll find these paintings absolutely captivating.


[Photo above: Two bears - friends forever]
Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
In my etsy shop you can find a variety of rabbits, elephants, bears, birds and other animals. Each painting is created with great love and acrylic paint on the canvas. You can also find some “unanimalistic” paintings as a special order. Loving mothers ask for a picture of their children’ beloved toys (and these are not always teddy bears) or the child’s portrait.

How long have you had an interest in art?
To tell the truth, I cannot really say how many years. I haven’t lost children’s sensitivity to art. I graduated the Academy of Arts where I learnt and experienced various stages of my creative way.
[Photo on left: Giraffe with puppy]
How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?
As I mentioned before I graduated the Academy of Arts where I studied, developed and improved my workshop.

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?
Actually, I have tried all the media – the traditional as well as the modern ones. At the moment I am really keen on canvas and acrylic paint. It is a traditional technique that requires some skills which are cultivated by me in the time of digital painting.

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?
I am trying to develop and improve my skills and interests. I am trying to be good at everything – no compromise.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I spend my free time in my garden or walking with my dogs across nearby wood.
[Photo on left: Love me little dog]

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)
“What do you dream about?” I really wish myself to be healthy and happy and even if it sound trivial I wish no wars in the world.

Please include ten fun facts about yourself.
I adore the smell autumn leaves and freshly ploughed soil
I would not leave my garden all day long – there is always something to do…
Since I can remember I do not drink milk and I would not have milk pudding even in a torture chamber.
On holidays – always at the seaside – it gives me energy and power every time.
You can learn anything about me from my paintings – just have a closer look at them and “read” between the lines.

Inameliart Etsy Shop
Inameliart Blog


[Photo above: Time for Cupcake]
    
    

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December 26th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Angie of Gourdonville Artisan Interview & Giveaway!

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Today’s interview is with Angie of Gourdonville Etsy Shop – “The Enchanting World of Gourds.” She uses gourds from her very own organic garden and creates many unique creations with her hand painted gourds, suitable for everyday and for holidays!

Angie is offering free shipping in the lower 48 states in the U.S. if you use the coupon code “SHOPP” during checkout.


[Photo above: Gourd purse]
    
Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
This is a list with descriptions of the different creations that I make with gourds:
1. THE GOURDONS OF GOURDONVILLE © ARE THE CREATION OF ARTIST ANGIE OUELLETTE-TOWER EACH GOURD IS GROWN IN HER OWN ORGANIC GARDEN AND ALL OF THE NATURAL FURNISHINGS INSIDE THE GOURD HOUSE ARE COLLECTED FROM THE SURROUNDING WOODS AND FIELDS. THE PURPOSE OF THE GOURDONS IS TO BRING YOUR HOME, YARD AND GARDEN HAPPY DAYS AND YEARS OF GOOD LUCK. MS. OUELLETTE-TOWER IS A REGIONALLY RENOWNED ARTIST. EACH OF HER GOURDS ARE ORIGINALLY HANDCRAFTED, SIGNED AND NUMBERED.
    
2. GOURD-O-LANTERNS © From first frost to all Hallows Eve the Gourd-o-lanterns are a welcome guest to any house harvest time. How to use: NEVER put a candle inside, ONLY use low voltage lights – eg. Christmas tree light strand (bunched up and placed inside), night-light etc., NEVER leave light plugged in/turned on while unattended, ALWAYS ENJOY!
    
3. GOURD BELLIES © EASTER GOURD BELLIES are mother nature’s Easter basket. Open the bunny or duck’s belly, Fill with Easter treats, Close and then hide, The Easter Hunt begins, Children love searching for these characters. Use year after year
    
4. GOURD PURSES -THE SAME GOURDS THAT SHELTER THE TOWNSPEOPLE OF “GOURDONVILLE” ARE ALSO USED TO MAKE FASHIONABLE PURSES. EACH PURSE IS DIFFERENT & UNIQUE – ORIGINAL ARTWORK OF ANGELIQUE OUELLETTE-TOWER. LIKE SNOWFLAKES – NO TWO GOURD PURSES ARE EXACTLY THE SAME. EACH PURSE HAS A BRASS HINGE & CLASP, FABRIC LINED & THE SHELL IS ARTISTICALLY DESIGNED TO FIT THE CHANGING SEASONS AND YOUR MOOD.
    
5. GOURDAMENTS© = Gourd Ornament. GOURDONVILLE CHRISTMAS TREE-HOUSES
Place the “Gourdament” over a Christmas tree light, secure to the tree and look inside to see who’s home. ALSO AVAILABLE: Mr. & Mrs. Gourdie Kringle & the Department Heads

How long have you had an interest in painting and incorporating gourds into your artwork?
I have been drawing ever since I can remember – 4 years old. The small town where I grew up had a wonderful high school art program and that is where I really learned how to paint acrylics and oils (I only use acrylics on my gourds). Working on gourds however came after I was married. My husband & I grow most of our vegetables and some fruit, and I always used to grow gourds just for fall decorations. Then one year I had such an abundant gourd crop – and I just started staring at them trying to come up with different ways to be creative with gourds. The first thing that came into my head was a house where bugs live….and then over the years I kept adding unusual ways to use gourds.
[Photo above: Red brick Victorian gourd]

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?
I mostly “experiment around.” I do have an associate degree in Fine Arts but I agree with “Screaming Sardine” that we don’t need a degree to know how to be creative (I think it was something like that anyway). I have never taken a “gourd” class. I remember the first 2 gourd houses I ever made I used an exacto knife to cut off the roof – It took forever!! Then a friend suggested using a Dremel tool and that was a hand saver – literally.

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?
Of course everything gourds and also: acrylics, lino block printmaking, woodburning, photography, calligraphy and polymer clay.

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?
I’ve never tried “glass work.” I don’t know if I’d want to master glass blowing but I at least want to try it someday.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Other than working on my gourds (which maybe isn’t my spare time) – being creative in other ways – gardening, cooking, baking, canning.
[Photo on left: Gourdaments]

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question.
This is the most tough question out of the bunch – but I am allowed to answer this question with a question ;-)
I guess it’s a simple one:
“Where are you originally from?”
The reason I would have liked this question to be included is because I am a Canadian – married to an American and living in Michigan. Born and raised in the Windsor (Ontario) area.
Actually, now that I think about it longer – maybe the question should be: “If you could live in any state in the US – which one would it be?” – My answer is Michigan – a little bit of everything, so beautiful and it really is the “Great Lakes State.”

Please include ten fun facts about yourself.
– Lindt dark chocolate orange truffles are the best medicine
– I make everything from scratch
– Wearing a hat throws my neck out of line
– “Foyle’s War” (BBC) and “Northern Exposures” are my 2 favorite TV series.
– I am distantly related to Chief Pontiac
– I love to garden but hate the heat
– I had 5 wisdom teeth removed
– I can remember all of the phone numbers from my childhood friends
– My favorite book is the Bible
– I’m a little OCD and I don’t like my food to touch

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.
Gourdonville website
God’s Growing Garden Blog
Gourdonville Etsy Shop
Gourdonville on Twitter
Angelique Ouellette Tower on Facebook

Giveaway
Angie is giving away a $15 gift certificate to her Gourdonville Etsy Shop! To enter, be a follower of her blog, God’s Growing Garden Blog, and of this blog, the Screaming Sardine. For extra entries, you can follow Gourdonville on Twitter, tweet, and/or blog about the giveaway. The giveaway is open worldwide and lasts from now until November 24, 11:59 pm Central U.S. time. You can leave all your entries in one comment or in multiple comments as you do them.
(Please note: No purchase is necessary to enter the giveaway. Odds of winning are based on number of entries. The dollar value of giveaway item is $15. I will choose the winner randomly and will notify her/him. S/he has four days to respond to my notification; if s/he doesn’t respond, I will randomly choose a different winner).


[Photo above: Gourd o'lanterns]
    
    

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November 17th, 2011 at 12:00 pm