Sunday, May 8, 2011

Etsy Artist Features aaaaannnddd.... WING PENDANT GIVEAWAY RAFFLE!!!! Woo!

I'm raffling off this awesome faery wing pendant. The bead was handmade by Andrea Pirkey of Powers Art Glass, the wing itself is one of my own handmade faery wings. See below for details!
Over the past few months, I've really come to know and love the work of some of my fellow etsy artists. There are 4 shops in particular I really think ought to be checked out because they are really special. To help spread the word about these awesome artists, I decided to pop a little feature on each of them this evening as I wind down. I'm not a fan of copying and pasting artist descriptions, so here there are in my own words. :)
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Owned and completely run by Jason Powers and Andrea Pirkey, Powers Art Glass is jam packed (seriously, it'll take hours to peruse their shop) with their amazing, hand made lampwork creations. See that bead atop my special give-away faery wing pendant? I'm so in love with those scroll beads. That bead was created in the flame of the torch by Andrea. I am very lucky because I get special sneak peaks of their creations when I work in the studio near theirs. What I like best from each artist? Well, as Andrea well knows, I love, love LOVE those floral included transparent beads. Jason makes awesome beads too, but I have to say his vessels and marbles make me wish I had more of a day job so I could buy them out. Not being a lampworker and knowing very little about the art, I look at these two artists as wizards and think they should be closely watched
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I'm a nature girl. Albeit the green loving, faery fanatical, tree hugging, vegetarian that I am, there's something about steampunk style that I really love. Lori Ferguson is the talented artist behind some really cool steampunk and wire wrap jewelry creations. That owl pendant out of watch parts? Not only really imaginative but wicked cute! I have respect for any artist that can take something boring like machine washers and turn them into fabulous industrial style earrings that even a leafy girl like me would wear. You rock, Lori. Keep them coming!

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Erin McManness - talent has to be her middle name. I met her online a few months back when I was just starting into the world of commissions and wholesale and she was a huuuuge help with advice on how to manage wholesaling art. Aside her lovely personality, I feel that she has two amazing artists in her that need to get together and create something this world has never seen. As you can see, she makes delightful polymer clay jewelry! Her cookie rings are amazingly realistic, but what I really love are her flamboyant cocktail rings. Even more than her polymer clay creations, I adore her illustrations. Serious. Talent. Nuff Said. You really need to check out her blog and bug her to put prints on her etsy shop. :3
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Well of course I save the best for last - my best friend! Janna Ramsay is a widely versatile and imaginative artist that, aside from putting up with me for over *yikes* 16 years, has really given me a driving force behind my own work. Her shop really only represents about 2.3% of her abilities as a crafty artist. Her handmade scrapbook cards are whimsical and often when she works on something, it makes me want to try it too because its -just -that -cool. I have to say that I love her faerie/nymph wands the most. Wire wrapped by hand with thought out trinkets and beads, her wands really look as if they were own by the Fae. ^_^
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BUT HOW DO I GET THAT AMAZING PENDANT?! you may have shouted at your computer screen. Including this post, I'll have 3 posts this week (I have a brand new faery sculpture to make its online debut and some pictures to share from my first open studio guest experience). Anyone who comments on any of these 3 entries will be entered into a raffle. 1 entry per person, per blog entry. That means, you have 3 chances of winning that truly unique pendant! I will be drawing the winning name on Friday, 5-13-2011 at 9am EST.

5 comments:

  1. You are such a darling. I already responded to your convo, but I am flattered and honoured beyond words. Some amazing shops up there! Thank you so much <3

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  2. Awesome links love. There really are some talented people out there! Don't enter me in the giveaway - I know that I would not wear it - glorious as it is :) Also - congrats on the guest spot :)

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  3. Of course not, Miss C - if you won I'd have to send you some sort of vintage/1940's consolation prize. ;)

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  4. Wow! What a variety : )
    Thanks for your comment! I'm glad to have a fellow New Hampshirite as a follower!

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  5. Teresa Reinhardt5/17/11, 2:35 PM

    Wow! I'm already a huge fan of Andrea and Jason, but I've now just discovered 4 more really amazing artists! I look forward to discovering more about yours and the others incredible works!

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