Sunday, August 26, 2007

Meet mkendall

A visit at Etsy's mkendall shop is to have a visual treat to stimulate your own creativity. There is a depth in this collection that will trigger impulses to create beauty wherever you are. Purchase some of these beautiful treasures and hang them in your studio for those days that you need a mental boost. mkendall delivers a colorful, unique perspective that seems to leap from the photographer's vital energy while at the same moment calming and soothing the viewer, invigorating and relaxing. The following interview takes us a little closer to where this creative endeavor starts.
How did you get your start in photography? I have always loved taking pictures, but I think my passion for photography really developed when I was about 15. My brother was in several bands and I would always go and take pictures of them performing. It really taught how to deal with movement and light.

Where do you get your inspiration for your shots? My inspiration comes from a variety of things. I love to capture everyday objects such as lightbulbs and typewriters, in new ways. I am also very fascinated with natural light whether it be from the sun outside or simply a lamp that is place in the room. That is why I never use a flash. I try not to create set up vignettes or false settings. I like to capture things as they happen naturally.

What do you feel is special about your work and sets it aside from other photographers? My most recent work I've began layering my images on top of each other creating collage style pieces. I used a lot of transparencies in my paintings when I was younger. I love the idea of overlaying images that are totally unrelated, such as a typewriter and a flower. Sometimes, I take shots for specific pieces when I have a set idea in mind. Others, I browse through my library of photos and just see what I come up with. I like the idea of taking basic photography to an almost painterly level.

Do you have any one piece of work that defines who you are as an artist? That's a tough one. I don't think I really have one yet. I have worked in many different mediums from collage to painting to sewing and photography, even founds objects. It would be difficult to include them all in one piece.

Where do you see yourself going from here? I would love to go back to incorporating painting into my work. I got in sort of a rut and photography kind of took over as my solo creative outlet for the past year. I have an idea in my mind how I would like to approach both mediums together. It's just a matter of time before I get there. I find pleasure in exploring new media and will definitely continue to do so.
Wishing you all the best mkendall!

Monday, August 20, 2007

JaredKS, beautiful photography

Take a stroll in JaredKS Etsy shop and you will walk through a virtual wonderland of natural beauty. The photography in this shop will astound you with it's crisp, clean lines catching detail that excites through the startling use of natural light conditions contrasting the beautiful elements of nature that would normally be unnoticed to the untrained eye. Find out more about the person behind the beauty as Jared shares:

How did you get your start in photography?My mom put a camera in my hands when I was eight, gave me some constructive criticism on my first set of prints, and I've gone from there. I've never taken any classes - just years of trial and error.

Where do you get your inspiration for your shots?I'm inspired by beauty. I tend to see beauty in natural things, and sometimes in spots that don't necessarily jump out as natural, I'll look to find the natural beauty that's there. I'm constantly inspired by life, light, and the spiritual energy that surrounds everything.

What do you feel is special about your work and sets it aside from other photographers?I don't have a great answer for this one. I figure I see things in my own way and that my works reflects how I see things, but I'm just not sure. A wonderful artist once commented that one of my photographs had caused her to look at the subject in a way that would never have occured to her, and that was about the biggest compliment I could ever receive.

Do you have any one piece of work that defines who you are as an artist?
The one that epitomizes what I'm trying to do for me is Windblown Grass - - even though it isn't anywhere near my most popular photograph. For me, it captures a lot of motion, energy and feeling, and I just love it.

Where do you see yourself going from here?
I fantasize about being a full-time artist. I have been far more successful on Etsy that I expected, so I have my hopes up for making art a full-time job. Not just yet.
To view and purchase Jared's special brand of photography, visit

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Romance, nostalgia, grace....

Passion, romance and exquisite design are a hallmark at Delicate Designs by DD. Each jewelry piece of DD's exudes an aroma of delicious charm that will satisfy the most demanding palate. Join with me in a brief chat with DD.

Where do you get your inspiration for your work?
At first, I was inspired by the love I have had all my life with vintage costume jewelry. My two Great Aunts, Laura Belle & Myrte, would encourage my rummaging into their jewelry drawers. I ended up inheriting all their jewels. I was young and would lose items but I never threw anything away. I guess I knew I would use them someday, somehow. Secondly, I always wanted to be an artist. I remember in High School art class I struggled with painting. I wanted to paint so bad but I had no talent! I could do abstracts out of water colors, so for years I called myself an "abstract artist." It never satisfied because I really wasn't good at that either!When I first started my pins I was also in the process of becoming a Christian. The transformation that was occurring in my heart and the gift of creating with my hands came together beautifully. So my inspiration these days is that I never take for granted the gift of art that God has given me with the things I love. The solace and therapy of taking a pile of jewelry and asking God to create through me always inspires and always satisfies.

What do you feel is special about your art and sets it aside from other artists?
It is very nostalgic for people. People always reminisce about their Grandma or other relatives that wore costume jewelry. It takes them back...I am set apart from others because while many craft jewelry collages, mine are tiny works of art. Always balancing colors, shapes & themes. It is a completely self taught process over the last 15 years. One that I am passionate about and constantly improving. My standards are high and only I know when a piece is finished.

Do you have any one piece of work that defines who you are as an artist?
It would have to be my first pin. It is made entirely of my Great Aunts jewelry. It even has a locket picture of one of them. Sorry, I don't have a picture...

Where do you see yourself going from here?
My art is just that. My art. It satisfies the artist within. I hope I will always be able to create and grow. I have never been motivated by money. If people just want to look, that is humbling. If they end up in my Great-Granddaughter's dress up trunk, that is fine by me. Whatever God's will for them, will be. Meanwhile, He has given me this gift freely and I freely give it back.

Visit DelicateDesignsbyDD for a full array of beautiful products and find your special piece of jewelry to enhance your wardrobe for the upcoming festive season.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Supplies, Supplies, Supplies

What to do when you can't locate that one unique item that you're desiring to finish your latest creation? Not to worry, there is a new supply shop on Etsy that may come to your rescue. Catering to the collage, altered, assemblage, and mixed media artists, JazziesJunque provides an unusual array of supplies. To see more of the eclectic assortment that Jazzie has compiled for your pleasure, check .