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Deadhead Art Alliance Artist of the Month – November – Ivy Starshine – Store – Starshine Beads

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I’m Ivy and I’m located in beautiful, sunny Mesa, Arizona! My shops are Starshine Beads and Southwest Soaps!

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I create one of a kind handmade jewelry from semi-precious stones, crystals and metals in one store and I create vegan, detergent free, sodium laurel sulfate free handmade soaps. The philosophy for both of my shops is to create high quality handmade items at the lowest price for my customers and I’m proud to say I belong to the Deadhead Art Alliance as well as the Working Artists Promotion Team.

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My creative process always starts with inspiration, usually from the stones themselves, either a beautiful focal bead or pendant or the beads themselves.  I’m a Graduate Gemologist and Jeweler for over thirty five years and my first loves are stones and designing, so it’s usually some really unique stones or focal beads or pendants that set my imagination going.  I make all my pieces here at my home by hand.  Each bead is selected individually to create exactly the look I want.

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I’ve been a rockhound ever since I can remember….picking up stones and rocks and saving them since I was a little girl, so I guess I had a natural affinity for them. I began beading at the age of eleven and by twelve years old I had procured myself a booth at the Yonkers (NY) Raceway Flea Market every week and was selling on my own at twelve years old.  Beading was always my first love and I continued to make jewelry and do bead work through school. When I was in college I used one particular supplier, a Japanese pearl importer in NY and she came to know me from being her customer and one day she asked me to come work for her so I did.  I obtained some great education from her in Japanese pearls and silk stringing and knotting techniques, as well as becoming her buyer.  As her buyer I would take buying trips into New York City  (I lived about fifteen minutes outside of the city at the time)  to some of the largest pearl and bead import houses in the world. I was like a little kid in a candy store!

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Working with that Japanese pearl importer I also was lucky enough to work some of the largest gem and jewelry shows in the world at the Javitz Center in NYC.

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I worked my way through college (I have a B.S. In English) with my jewelry and after college I decided to take the turn into the jewelry field as a career.  I went to the Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.) in NYC and graduated with a G.G. (Graduate Gemology) degree and also as a diamontologist  (Diamontology is a branch of gemology that deals specifically with diamonds)  While I was in school at the G.I.A. I also apprenticed with a silver and goldsmith in Hastings-On-Hudson, NY.  She became a wonderful friend and a terrific teacher who I’m grateful for to this day. I also signed up for some classes in Lapidary work at the Westchester Art Workshop, but I discovered that lapidary work wasn’t really my thing. I moved on to work for two different jewelers in Scarsdale, NY, both high end designers of fine jewelry, where I worked in design and repair, as well as sales.

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As time went on, I was offered a job with Sterling Inc, owner of Kay Jewelers, Jared, Whitehall and a few others, and I worked with Sterling Inc for a number of years. I was their top seller in the United States one year and won an award (and some great jewelry!) and from there I headed up their Estate Division, which I was thrilled about, as I love Estate Jewelry.
I decided to move from NY to Arizona after a few years and was offered to transfer with Sterling Inc, but I wanted to see what Arizona had to offer me, so I declined.  I did find a job managing a designer fine jewelry store in Scottsdale, Arizona called Scott Allen Jewelers and worked for them and helped them start up their manufacturing company as well.
Then at one point I became burned out on the jewelry industry…I had gotten away from what I really loved….creating the jewelry; and I had ended up in the sales and management end of it (that’s where the money was) and so I felt unhappy and decided to take a break from jewelry for a few years.
Now I’m disabled and unable to work in the workplace these days, so now I simply do my bead work at home, back to doing what I love.

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Now What inspires me most to create are the stones and beads themselves and What makes my job interesting is finding unusual stones or beads, it’s like going on a treasure hunt. I also love doing custom orders, it’s fun to take what’s in someone else’s mind and create it for them to make them something they love.  When times get hard My dogs get me through everything! I love my two rescue dogs, they’re my joy. When sales are tight, I keep my hope that things will get better and Of course, my wonderful friends always keep me going too!  In my down time I love to spend time with my best friend, my dogs, taking short road trips, I love to read, be out in the desert, listen to lots of music!  I have many stories about music shows but I’m afraid they’d be too long to tell here, but Grateful Dead shows were always an event.

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Favorite Quote:

“An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.” – Mae West

 

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We’ll leave you with this…..     When asked Is there something as an artist that you would like the world to know?
  she says this

“Be kind to each other, always.”

Ivy Starshine

Selling Venues:

Artist Contact info:

https://www.facebook.com/ivyj60

Ivy Starshine on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/southwestsoaps
Social Media Links:

My Etsy Shop

Starshine Beads – https://www.etsy.com/shop/StarshineBeads

My Facebook Fan Page for Starshine Beads –

https://www.facebook.com/StarshineBeads

My Etsy shop Southwest Soaps –

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SouthwestSoaps

My Facebook Fan Page for Southwest Soaps –

https://www.facebook.com/southwestsoaps

Sales happening: I’m having a huge 25% off sale at Starshine Beads through December 23rd and 10% off at Southwest Soaps with coupon code HAPPYHOLIDAYS10 at checkout, through December 23.

Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team

Deadhead Art Alliance Artist of the Month – July 2014 – Julie Tribble Store – Stella Blue Handmade

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Hi! My name is Julie Tribble, and my shop is called Stella Blue Handmade.  I am currently living in Catonsville, MD, a historic little town just outside of Baltimore.  I love to create a lot of different things, but right now my shop mostly contains handmade beaded jewelry and crochet accessories.  It started with making jewelry for fun and for myself because I could never find anything that was exactly what I wanted, and eventually I had amassed a big enough collection that I knew I could never wear them all!  When I started selling my creations, it was so exciting to find that other people loved what I was doing too.  I would say my purpose for Stella Blue is to create unique wearable pieces of art that reflect my love of nature, music, color, and the earth.

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My creative process usually first involves turning on some music, sitting in my craft room, and staring at my pretty massive bead collection until a certain bead or color grabs my attention.  Then I choose a few more beads that compliment the first, and come up with a basic plan in my head.  From there on out I just improvise with different patterns until I find one I like, and kind of just go with it.  Sometimes it doesn’t turn out exactly like I had in my head, but that’s ok.  I like seeing how the different shapes, colors, and textures of the beads all come together in the final piece.

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My bead collection is a mixture of new and recycled beads.  Some of my beads are bought from wholesalers or at retail stores, but a lot are from old pieces of jewelry that were broken or weren’t being worn anymore.  I deconstruct the jewelry and add the beads to the collection, then I can create new one-of-a-kind pieces.  I love recycling and giving new life to old treasures.

The crocheting started a few years ago, and has been my recent obsession.  I took a class at Lion Brand Yarn Studio and just kept teaching myself from there.  My favorite things to crochet are hats, long infinity scarves, and fingerless gloves.   I even made my boyfriend a beard this past winter.  Pretty much everything I crochet ends ups being from my own pattern or variation of a pattern.  I also like to check out new stitches and patterns in books or online to get different ideas.  Lion Brand has a TON of free patterns and even illustrations and videos of stitches on their website, so I find myself turning there if I run into something I don’t know how to do.  It’s been a fun process, and I am constantly learning more.

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All throughout my childhood I took various art classes; my favorites were  drawing, painting, and photography.  I studied interior design at Parson’s in New York City, and ended up living there for just over 6 years.  I was very inspired by the city and the people I met there, despite the fact that I always craved the solitude of the woods and the beauty of nature.  I worked at the coolest coffee shop in the East Village, and was surrounded by so many amazing artists and musicians.  I was creating more than ever, and it was then that I decided to start Stella Blue Handmade to sell my crafts.  I opened the Etsy shop, and started booking some local craft shows.  I have pretty much always had a day job (but they’ve all actually been pretty cool), so the crafting is something I do in my spare time.  I figure it’s something I’m going to do anyway because I love it, so it gets as much or as little time as I’m able to give at that point.  Currently I am working my first 9-5 job (ever!) but it’s kinda nice because I can spend some evenings making things, and I’m able to book local craft shows on the weekends.

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For as long as I can remember, my mother was always teaching and encouraging my sister and I to make things, so I’m sure that’s where my passion comes from.  As a kid I loved drawing, painting, sewing, woodworking, redesigning my bedroom, making jewelry, collages, candles, and so much more.  I think the first time someone else’s handiwork really stood out to me as a child was seeing all the amazing things my Grandmother made. She could sew, knit, crochet, and quilt better than anyone I’ve ever seen, and I will never understand how she made the intricate designs and perfect stitches.  I now have her collection of fabric and sewing supplies, and sometimes the mood will strike me and I’ll sew something up.  I like using all her old supplies, and my mother’s too.  They’ve both passed away and when I think of them as I’m making things I feel like I’m continuing a tradition, and a part of them is there with me.

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I would say my favorite piece in the shop right now is a long pendant necklace in green and black with vintage metal beads.  The large pendant used to be an earring, and the metal beads are from a very old necklace that a friend gave me.  I mixed those with a strand of seed beads, and bright green accent beads.  I love that these random parts all come together to create a new, unique piece and can’t be duplicated.

 

Some of my other favorite pieces I’ve recently made are probably the collaboration pieces with fellow Deadhead Art Alliance members.  Our Cap’n Jen made a few glass pendants (one glows in the dark!) and shipped them across the country to me.  I then worked them into one-of-a-kind beaded necklaces and shipped them back to her to be sold in our team Etsy store.  I also love that I didn’t completely slack off on contributing to our team collaboration quilt.  I think I made the square like 2 days before I needed to mail it to meet the deadline.  But I’m so glad I did because when I saw all these little random pieces of art come together as a finished quilt, I was SO proud to have been a part of it.  It’s so awesome to see your work combine with others to create something more than you thought it could be.

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I find I draw inspiration from a lot of different places.  Nature is a big one; I feel refreshed and more creative after I spend some time in nature.  I love seeing different color combinations, or different materials interacting, and the feeling of peace I get just being in the woods or at the ocean.  I am also definitely inspired by music and music festivals.  I go to at least one big camp-out music festival every summer, and as many local shows as I can get to, and after each one I find a new burst of inspiration.  I love being surrounded by so many like-minded people who are so creative and unique as well.  My travels are also a big inspiration; I always find time to browse the local craft/art scene.  I really enjoy seeing other people’s arts and crafts, and love supporting independent artists.  You can always tell when they’ve put their love and passion into their work.

 

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The parts of running Stella Blue that I love most are definitely making the pieces, but I also love working festivals or craft shows to sell my work.  I love talking to people at my booth, and I truly appreciate them looking or complimenting, even if they don’t buy anything.  Just hearing them say “oh, that’s so pretty!” makes my day.  Probably my favorite is when they’re checking something out, decide to think about it for the day, and then they have to come back for it.  I also do love buying the beads, yarn, and supplies.  I can’t go into craft stores too often; I see so many things I want to make that I end up buying more than what I came in for.  When I lived in Manhattan, I went to some jewelry wholesalers where the boxes were haphazardly stacked to the ceiling (literally) and you just had to kind of rummage through to find what you wanted.  It was really fun!

Because I don’t depend on making money from my craft to pay my bills, literally every single sale excites me.  I guess it’s simpler that way 🙂  But, the hardest time I can remember with Stella Blue was the first outdoor festival I was vending at.  It was a sunny and very, very windy day in June, and I was perfectly positioned on a hill where the wind violently gusted through every 5 minutes.  I was trying to set up my booth and things were blowing everywhere.  Luckily, I had my amazing MacGyver-like boyfriend helping me set up and we had a spool of fishing line.  He literally tied down everything in my booth with an elaborate network of fishing line.  It took at least an hour and a lot of adjusting, but we were able to secure the tent and everything in it well enough for me to feel comfortable with him leaving and me being there alone until my friend came by later.  If he hadn’t been there that morning, I don’t know how I would’ve had the patience to beat that damn wind!  And I have to add that my friends are amazingly encouraging.  There’s the friend who met me at that same windy festival later in the afternoon with a 6-pack of beer, the one who has gotten her salon to sell some of my jewelry and crochet, and the friend that just talks about my crochet in the winter at the bar and drums up business for me, just to name a few.  They all get me through the hard times, and I’m so grateful!

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My down time is usually when I’m making things, so making jewelry, crocheting, and sewing have to be on the list.  I also enjoy doing yoga, hiking, playing softball, swimming, being outside generally.  I love reading, although it mostly ends up being fantasy/science fiction books, some of which are meant for kids 🙂 (my favorites are probably Game of Thrones, The Golden Compass, and Harry Potter).  I love traveling – I pretty much want to go everywhere.  I have traveled in Asia, Europe, and Central America, and done many, many U.S. road trips.  I love driving across the country or to the beach, the mountains, a lake, or a cool little town.  Usually on the weekends, I like to go to a farmers market, do some yoga, chill with my 2 sweet kitties, spend the days outside, hang out with my boyfriend and friends, go to concerts or festivals…

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“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars”

-Jack Kerouac, On The Road

This quote stood out to me when a friend wrote it down for me just before I left on a 3 month solo road trip around the country.  It kind of validated this desire I had to do this trip even though some people probably thought it was a crazy idea, and sometimes I wondered if it was.  But the amazing experience fed the free, adventurous, independent side of me when I needed it the most, and I am so thankful for it now.

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I would have to say the first camping music festival I went to definitely changed my life.  It was All Good 2005, and although I had been going to concerts since I was a kid, this was my first camping festival experience.  It was so cool to see thousands of people coming from so many different places, converging on this beautiful mountaintop to celebrate music and peace.  I felt like I could truly just be myself, and it was inspiring to be around so many other creative people.  Since then, I have made it a point to go to as many of these festivals as I can get to each year.  Needless to say, our first campsite was pathetic compared to what it is now.  Each year we’ve added another cool feature or convenience, and now we have pretty much the coolest campsite at the festival (I think!).  But I’ve found nothing beats the feeling of dancing to some amazing music outside in a beautiful setting with a whole bunch of other positive and happy people.

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I guess just that I really love making things!  I’m always going to be making something; it just makes me happy.  And I think it’s a bonus if other people can appreciate and find joy in my work as well.

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I plan on constantly expanding my store.  I am always making new things, depending on when the mood strikes me, so I’m always adding new sections.  I recently made some 20’s flapper style feather headbands, and have been working on a lot of new crochet items for the fall.  I have also been sewing lately, and working on things to add to the store.  It’s a constant work in progress, which is a good thing and a bad thing sometimes.  I always feel like there’s more to do, it’s never going to be complete.  But, I guess that’s just part of the fun..

 

Selling Venues:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/StellaBlueStyle

Artist Contact info:

Julie Tribble

julietribble422@hotmail.com

Social Media Links:

https://www.facebook.com/stellabluestyle

 

Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team

 

Deadhead Art Alliance Artist of the Month – MARCH 2014 – Sara Garcia – Store: DreamweaverSpirit

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Welcome to DreamweaverSpirit.

Here you will discover unusual and unique jewellery and crafts inspired by Native American, Pagan and Egyptian cultures.

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The word jewellery itself is derived from the word jewel, which was from the Old French word “jouel“,  and beyond that, to the Latin word “jocale“, meaning plaything. In British English, it is spelled jewellery, while the spelling is jewelry in American English

 

My name is Sara and I am a Pagan artist based in Surrey, England, U.K. I was born on Summer Solstice eve in London, England many moons ago and my family is originally from Spain.  My shop is called DreamweaverSpirit – I sell Native American and Pagan inspired jewellery and crafts which are all made with love and gratitude. I love to create magical pieces that will uplift others and help them on their spiritual journey.

I also love animals and like to help them as much as I can.  A percentage of all sales go to the animal charities which I support and give monthly donations to.

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I work from my home which I share with my partner and our 16 year old crazy kitten cat.  I never quite know what to expect when I start creating a piece. Sometimes I have an idea, but most of the time I just go with the flow and let it happen.  It feels like the piece is being made through me.  I get inspired by the shape of the materials I use, the crystals, wood, antler…..

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My partner Andy at a Pow Wow (England) wearing my creations

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When I create wands and pendants, I start by preparing the wood, cutting and sanding it. Then I bind the crystals, and anything else I may be using with epoxy resin and epoxy clay.  I sand down the clay when it’s dry, and then build up the design with the same material. It can be a lengthy process as I have to wait for each layer to dry before I can move on to the next.  The faces I always sculpt in polymer clay. It’s not air drying so it gives me more time to work on them. I am usually working on five or six pieces at a time. Some get finished quickly while others might sit for a while until the time is right to finish them off. 

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I’ve always loved art, and when I left school I went on to study photography and then fashion and graphics.  The art tutor that I had at the time was one of my mentors, she taught me a great deal and also gave me the encouragement that I needed.  After that I did a foundation course in art and design, then the next step was to go for a degree.  I’d had enough of studying by then so I took some time out to travel.  I’ve always wanted to work for myself and I’ve never stuck at a job for very long.  So when I came back I did a short business course and got some money together to buy a load of materials.  I taught myself how to make jewellery and wands and went on to do festivals, craft fairs and Pow-wows and also selling in a shop in a craft market for a year or so and also did Tarot readings while I was there as well to make a bit of extra money. 

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Then I discovered Etsy and I’ve never looked back.

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Rhythmic Motion treasury featuring DreamweaverSpirit for the Deadhead Art Alliance Team

It has really helped me get noticed and I’ve also met some wonderful people over the past four years.

COLLABORATION PROJECT with the DEADHEAD ART ALLIANCE ETSY TEAM

Artists Jen Liput from pacificnorthwestglassblowing.com, California, USA and Sara from DreamweaverSpirit, Surrey, UK

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Here’s the finished piece we came out with!

Magical Wand Collaboration with the Deadhead Art Alliance “Dreamtime”

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Magical Wand “Dreamtime”
Collaboration US and UK artists

https://www.etsy.com/people/DreamweaverSpirit
https://www.etsy.com/shop/PACIFICNWGLASS

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MATERIALS: Quartz, Bone, Hazel wood, Glass, Wooden beads, Carnelian, Suede, Feather, Shell, Epoxy putty
Dreamtime – Quartz And Hazel Lizard Totem Wand

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I have collaborated with PACIFICNWGLASS to create this Native American inspired wand. The beautiful glass cabochons and beads were created by her and I have put it all together. The wood is Hazel, I have varnished it and attached the crystals, cabochons and bone lizard with epoxy resin. I have also attached glass beads, wooden beads and a feather with suede lace. The design around the cabochons I have created with epoxy putty. The wand measures almost 15″ and would make a lovely addition to your collection.

METAPHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES.

Lizard Medicine is the shadow side of reality where your dreams are reviewed before you decide to manifest them physically. Lizard is the Medicine of Dreamers and can always help you see the shadow. This shadow can be your fears, your hopes, or the very thing you are resisting, but it is always following you around.

Hazel wood has long been used for divination. It is said to increase intuition, wisdom, artistic ability and magical knowledge. The energy of hazel wands promote love and creativity allowing a person to move beyond self-serving modes of existence.

Quartz amplifies spiritual power and is an excellent crystal for developing psychism.

Carnelian is a stone of creativity, individuality, spiritual power. It balances the sacral chakra and is helpful for grounding oneself.

The shell is a devine feminine symbol associated with venus. It represents beauty, intuition and love.

Turkey (feather) teaches us how all life is sacred and we must learn to give and be grateful for what we have.

Link back to our Etsy store full of deadhead art alliance treasures:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/DeadheadArtAlliance

My first introduction to art was my Family.  My father was a carpenter and I would love to watch him working.  I would get bits of wood and just sit there sanding them until they were really smooth.  I loved the feel of the wood and I know it’s what gave me my passion for making wands.

My creation the “Queen of the Fae” Green Woman wand is my favourite piece at the moment. I love to sculpt nature spirits and feel the magic of the forest as I’m creating them. The crystals that I used in the wand are really beautiful too. It has a lovely energy.

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Nature inspires me more than anything.  Trees, nature spirits and animals are what I portray the most in my pieces along with mythology, ancient civilizations, fairytales and folklore.   I also get inspired by my dreams and of course the music I listen to while I’m creating is very inspirational too, … Even just looking at a crystal or a piece of wood gets the ideas flowing. 

These trees are in the forest where I find the majority of the wood that I use

I love meeting weird and wonderful people from all walks of life.  I’ve met many characters along the way and there’s nothing nicer than putting a necklace on the person that’s just bought it and having a hug  For me that’s what it all about, exchanging energies with the other person and seeing the smile on their face because they now own something I’ve made.   I also love buying as much as selling and I’m constantly looking for beautiful and unusual crystals.   I also love going to forests in search of wood and other bits and pieces. Our beautiful Mother Earth gives us so many precious treasures.

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Their has been times in the past when I’ve felt like giving it all up, but something has always happened at the last minute to make me change my mind.  I’ve learned to trust and believe in life.  When we give up hope there really is no point in carrying on and I know that creating is what I’m meant to do.  My partner is also very supportive and encouraging and is always praising my work and needless to say my buyers keep me going too. One of the nicest things that was ever said to me was “Thank you for sharing your gift with the world” 

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I love to travel around England visiting Stone circles and other sacred sites, going out for a drink and socialising, being with friends/ family, Pagan festivals, meditating and yoga. I love live music, mainly heavy rock/ metal and also Pagan/ Native American inspired music. I read books on magic/ witchcraft, philosophy and anything to do with metaphysics. I also love to grow things, be with Nature and hug lots of trees 

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My dream would be to travel the world and sell my pieces in every country that I visited. So many people (and animals) are in need of love and healing and I hope that what I do can help a little. I would also love to have my own shop in Glastonbury, England one day. Such a beautiful and magical place. Some call it the heart chakra of world.

Thank you for reading and many blessings to all.

 

 favorite quote

Those who don’t believe in magic, will never find it.

Selling Venues:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/DreamweaverSpirit

http://www.artfire.com/users/DreamweaverSpirit
http://www.folksy.com/shops/DreamweaverSpirit

Artist Contact info: dreamweaver2@live.co.uk

Social Media Links:

Sales happening:

Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year!! From all of us at DHAA!!

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Everyone here of The Deadhead Art Alliance would like to wish you a happy, snappy new year! We’re wishin’ you much success, good fun, good laughs and happy memories to smile about this years new holiday season!

So many of our artists have already come out with new works and we’re so proud  of them and their endurance. For many of us, last year was a bit of a rough one. Maybe during the holidaze you might have been a-wonderin’ what you could do to boost some sales or at least get your shop to a better place this time around? Well, so many of our artist banded together to come up with some killer ideas when shop critique came up as a topic for a couple of our chat threads!

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Always a hot topic around Etsy… “I think that if all your [listings] had the close up views of your [work] as the main photo, it would read more cohesive overall.” says Mary from Perpetual Sunshine Creations.

She’s definitely right here… Close ups are a great idea! An even better idea to be sure of the clarity or lighting of said pictures! Time and time again, we’ll see some killer work overshadowed and sadly, not brought up  to its amazingness all because the picture’s great, but the lighting and colour is crazy dull. Check the contrast setting on your cameras, people! Or simply, make sure it’s clear and you can edit it on your computer….but, if you can’t edit it on your computer for some reason, just adjust the contrast, lighting or saturation setting on your camera and your work is sure to pop out!

“I would also say to eliminate any stuff in the background of your pics (I’m guilty of this too).” says Erica from Erica In The Trees. Also a good point to point out 😉 Too much business in the background take away from the greatness… It can come across as distracting or cluttered. Maybe you’d totally dig having “featured seller” clarity or a cool desert back drop, but you live in an area where those things are far out of reach? That’s cool, man. No worries! Something as simple as a cool tapestry (exotic or solid) will bring it straight to the point, without the pointyness of a cluttered background!

Also? Be sure to utilize the “Adjust Photo” option that is available to you during editing and adding listings. Make sure you have what you want to show in focus!

Another idea? Profile pic!! It’s cool to have picture you that goes with your work. For example:

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Maybe you have an elegant or tribal style body of work? But, you like that one pic of you at that BBQ festival totally whipping that one guy by winning that rib eating contest cuz it makes you laugh? I mean look at the sauce and the smile!? It spells deliciousness *and* victory!!

Well, be careful, man… It’s cool for your Facebook, but you’re gonna want things to mesh. Maybe you don’t dig on taking a profile pic of you because you’re bashful? That’s cool, dude. Simply use a piece of your work. The idea is to blend it all together 😉

*Details, details, details…*:

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What can pile up the confusion is the details…rather, the lack there of…

Be sure you have accurate measurements of what you’re sellin’! Is it custom-made? What are its measurements? What sizes can it be made in?

“The other thing I would suggest is to put actual garment measurements on items, rather than just size. I would just go ahead and list them, as some people won’t bother contacting you. I know sometimes [my size differs]. It’s helpful to see those measurements right up front. You don’t want to lose a sale because someone doesn’t want to send you a conversation.” adds Erica.

Bashfulness happens. We’d also like to recommend adding some good policies to go with your shop. Review them. Check out what some of your favourite older and wiser shops have up there. No returns? Health restrictions for hats? Trades? Exchanges? What if their package is lost at sea? You gonna get out the scuba gear?

Let ’em know!

*Pricing*:

aura

Okay, this one’s a toughy for some. Sometimes we just don’t like to say “yeah, man, I hand painted that and I want $200 bux fer it. So there!” So we go ahead and mark it down to like $25.00 even though, we totally know it’s worth more, but you don’t wanna be mean or seem like…well…ridiculously priced for something that some consider hobby-work?

The idea here is profit. “You should be able to feed yourself, plain and simple and not be on the losing end. They want quality? Well, girls gotta eat, right?” says Lauren from The Wild Earth Childe. ((That’s also where good pictures come in)) So, here’s what you need to figure…

Material costs.

Craft time. (how much you asking for per hour, day, etc?)

Shipping. (packaging, shipping costs, do you have to take a bus to get there?)

((In other words, you shouldn’t be spending your profit to ship and item or end up with $2.00 for a hand knit sweater or something of the like, unless you seriously don’t care…))

“Your pics are also a good price indicator. People won’t pay X amount over $100.00 for a pic that looks too… well, “in the front yard? They *will* for a pic that looks right out of Twilight or Lord Of The Rings… Or even a Catalogue. Clear & Crisp, Vibrant and In Person Accuracy is best (even if it *is* in the front yard ;} ) Your pics say a lot about your pieces quality too.” adds Lauren.

And this is true.

Think about it. You see an add for Victoria’s Secret. The girls are all pretty and for some reason lounging and twirling half-naked in Versailles. The lights are flashing, their hair is flipping, there’s twirling and somewhere in the midst of all those hot pink, golden blonde,  and flowing brunette frames you saw those chonies fer half a second and are totally gonna run out and spend $75.00 for that bra and $23.00 for at least two pairs of hipsters!

By the afternoon, you have the radio on blast and you’re putting on a twirling and spinning show like a 6 foot tall model for your cat! You rock!

Now ask yourself honestly, if you saw that very same bra and chonies on a Facebook profile style pic with deodorant chunks in the chicks pit that go un-noticed while the poor dame smiles in her bathroom with her face half cropped… You gonna pay $100.00 for it?

Seriously though, nobody’s sayin’ you have to be a 6 foot tall model with legs for days (you are totally fine *the way you are*), but we *are* sayin’ your pics can tell the price. You wanna take good clear pics that bring the pieces worth up. People don’t so much pay for the product itself as much as they’ll pay for the feeling the picture gave them. You bought the bra and chonies to feel like the models on t.v. . You bought that dress to project that same feeling. It took you there, so you bought it!

Also, try not to be offended when people haggle or even try to pull the “well, I could make that” line. Those people don’t get what us indie artists do and how heavy it is to not make a sale.  Just be the bigger person and tell em “okay then do it.” (That is, if you*want* to give em the time of day, that is. You do not have to…).

*Locations! WR U AT?*:

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Facebook pages? Twitters? Blogs? Even better what do you sell? You even open? In the “Info & Appearance” page, you are able to edit your shops header. Be sure to include what you can find in there so it will show up in the Google search. For example, Your Shop’s name is JohnDoeCreations. You make Tie Dyed Clothing. Hand sewn? Tell the world, mate! It’d be a good idea in the “Shop Title” section to write what you do so it’ll show up as “Hand Sewn Tie Dyes by JohnDoeCreations”. Also, in the “Shop Announcement” section, write what can be found in your shop. Let’s say you make batik tie dyes, not just tie dyes in general. Say so 🙂 It’s a good idea to write “Hand Sewn Batik Clothing For Men, Women and Children Can Be Found Here!” first in your shop announcement. This is what will come up for Jane Customer when she’s lookin’ for a batik onsie for her padawan.

She types in “Batik Childrens Clothes”.

Your Shop will show up as:

“Hand Sewn Tie Dyes by JonhDoeCreations”

“Hand Sewn Batik Clothing For Men, Women and Children Can Be Found Here!”

Voila! Next thing you know she’s checkin’ out the shop and adding kiddie shirts to her cart!!

aura

Adding your other sites to your Profile/Shop Announcement is a good idea too! People might wanna follow along for a sale or to see what’s new and up and coming with your work so they can be the first to snatch it up!

Tags!:

Here’s a couple of good sources, provided by Jenna from xDropBearStitcheryx to see what’s working and what isn’t in the scheme of things and an easy way to fix it!:

Google Analytics:

http://www.google.com/analytics/

The Etsy Shoptimizer App:

http://www.etsy.com/apps/1854404416/etsy-shoptimizer

Craftop0lis:

http://www.craftopolis.com/#com=sl

Bulk/Batch Editing:

http://www.etsy.com/apps/262788684/betsi-bulk-batch-editing-tool

Keep in mind, you can use more than one word for your tags in one line. For example: “Hippie” can be spelt two ways. “Hippie” and “Hippy”. So you can go ahead and use “Hippie Hippy” to save a tag or two. Many artists like to go ahead and use tags in their listing titles. Example: You made a patchwork sweater called “Autumns Sweater”. An artist will sometimes write “Autumn’s Sweater-Ready Made-Size Large- Unisex adults, men, women, teens, tie dye, upcycled, patchwork, recycled, hippie, hippy, elf hoodie, jacket, sweatshirt…” (well, you get the idea…)

This is up to you to do, it may help to add em, should you let’s say wanna add more tags to give your work a fighting chance, but this is in the eye of the beholder too. Sometimes, you’ll see a shop that will just simply read “Autumn’s Sweater- Patchwork Elf Hoodie” and they’ll have 2000 sales and the other guy with the paragraph for a title will have like 26 sales.

If you wanna try it, try it! Can’t hurt, right?

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Enjoy your new year! Today is the first blank page of a 365 page chapter in your life and the life of those around you. Let’s take the opportunity to make this year a good one and grab hold of the opportunity to be even more kind, loving and bright this year! Let’s be even better people than we were last year!

May this new year bring you peace, love, happiness and lots of inspiration and prosperity!

Hippie New Year!!!

The Deadhead Art Alliance Team of Etsy