Monday, April 7, 2008

Meet Etsy Artist & Photographer: NorthofFebruary

NorthofFebruary is a husband and wife team that specialize in chainmaille and jewelry, but it was this stunning photo that caught my eye (it is now part of my collection). I had the pleasure to converse with Aisling...

"I'm an independent aspiring jeweler, photographer, artist, mailler, and clay worker living in Spokane, Washington," she explains. "I try to keep my work fairly varied, (as much as money will allow) as I love to learn new things." She is also into archaeology, ancient language, and social anthropology. "I enjoy exploring these subjects through my art and jewelry," she admits. "Occasionally (and usually at 2:00 am) I'll get blindsided with an idea that 'must be done now' and the muse (which I usually don't know I have) will kick me until I do it," she jokes. As for her style, she describes it as "throw(ing) everything up in the air and see(ing) how it lands. There is really no order to my art. I just make whatever I have the ability to that also looks good, and catches my interest." She has been drawing for 6 years, but recently got into chainmailling in 2005. Her latest pursuit is clay work and she is "enjoying it immensely." Her art is not only her passion, but her full time job. "I'm amazingly lucky to have a very supportive husband who gets us through the many, many dry spells without complaint." She advises her fellow artist to "pay attention to the people who truly enjoy what they're doing. Take the time to watch them and listen to them with an open mind. These are the people who would teach you because they love what they do and want to share it." Please check out her shop: http://northoffebruary.etsy.com/
-Wendy Baylis
Dharma Designs

2 comments:

Aisling said...

Thanks again. :)

Jen said...

that is a gorgeous picture!