Monday, May 11, 2009
This week's featured artisan is Lori of LoChristine on Etsy. A fellow Fabulous Artistic Mom, Lori creates fun and funky jewelry with lots of personality.
Tell me a little bit about you and what you do.
My name is Lori Hadley and I design jewelry! My etsy store, LoChristine, has a sampling of earrings, bracelets, and rings that I’ve created. I began creating jewelry many years ago but just recently opened my etsy store and began selling items to the public. I love playing with different color and shape combinations of beads and forming metal. Designing and creating is both comforting and exhilarating at the same time!
What 3 words best describe your work?
earthy, funky, free-spirited
What inspires you?
Most often, I am inspired by nature and the beauty in the world around me. However, I cannot work without some of my folk tunes blasting in the background! The music itself provides an inspiration for my designs.
What drives you to create what you do?
My head is filled with ideas and designing jewelry has provided the perfect outlet. It’s a great way to express myself and reach out to others.
What makes your work unique?
I use numerous elements common to other artists, but assemble them in a way that is unique to me.
What role does your work play in your life? What role would you like it to play?
I’m currently a stay-at-home mom to my 5-year-old step-daughter. I try to do most of my crafting while she is at preschool. However, after she enters kindergarten this fall, I plan to devote more time to both creating and promoting my work. Creating jewelry at home also allows me the freedom to travel with my husband (a fairly well-known tattoo artist) and pursue other interests.
How do you see your work and/or your business evolving in the next five years?
I definitely have big dreams for myself, but know that it takes time. Initially, I plan to get involved in craft shows and network around my community to consign my wares at various places. I just recently landed my first consignment at a local coffee house.
Where can we find you on the web?
Etsy - http://lochristine.etsy.com
Blog – http://lochristine.blogspot.com
Flickr – http://flickr.com/photos/lochristine/
Are you an artist or craftsperson? Would you like to be featured here? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment here with a link to your shop, and I'll be in touch about future opportunities.