Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Meet Etsy Jewelry Artist: VintageInspirations

With a shop name like Vintage Inspirations, it's no wonder Jennifer is interested in a bygone era. "I find a ton of inspiration from flea markets and tag sales. I find myself inspired by old costume jewelry or even an old tattered letter," she confesses. Her designs are usually delicate and classy - something any Victorian aristocrat would enjoy. "Occasionally I might design something big and bold just to change things up, but for the most part I like to create things that really make my customers feel like a girl," she explains. Even her pieces with a modern edge reflect vintage sophistication. Her work has a timeless appeal and can be worn with jeans or evening attire. She started out drawing in elementary school and later tried her hand at soap and candle making, has focussed on jewelry designing for the last four years. Right now Etsy is just a hobby, but she's working very hard to development her art into a business. "I take what I do very seriously and I take a lot of pride in my work. I think that being a part of Etsy has really helped me grow as an artist," she admits. She advises her fellow Etsians to keep doing what they love. "I didn't sell anything my first few months on Etsy because I was under the assumption that posting my items once was enough. Once I started spending time in the forums and re-listing items everyday I found that things really started to pick up for me. I have found that Etsy only gives me what I am willing to put into it and I think that that is a very valuable lesson to anyone selling here." Please check out her Etsy shop:

-Wendy Baylis

Dharma Designs