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Congratulations to our shop of the day for 2/24/12, Rockstar Pug Regalia. Rockstar Pug Regalia are the creators of one-of-a-kind, custom fit, garments and accessories for your pampered pooch at box store prices with boutique quality and old world craftsmanship.

Now really, how adorable is this?!!!

What a great way to pamper your pooch and keep them warm, not to mention looking stylish!

This is my favorite!

I love the diversity of shops on FaceBook, being a dog lover myself this feature was really enjoyable! I hope you enjoyed this feature as well!

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I am so excited to announce our very first SHOP OF THE DAY! Today’s shop of the day is a wonderful polymer clay artist from The Amethyst Dragonfly, I am totally inspired by her creations! Lynn’s jewelry designs reflect a combination of Steam-punkery with a dash Victorian flair.

The first item from her shop is this glow in the Dark Steampunk Compass pendant. Steampunk style compass pendant painted with shimmering verdigris copper with green oval gem detail in center. Made from glow in the dark polymer clay. Pendant glows in black light or in the dark!

I really love the touch of whimsical style of this Steampunk Dragonfly Pendant. Polymer clay dragonfly pendant painted in beautiful shimmering pinks and coppers with steampunk style bronze gear accents.

I LOVE earrings, and I love the edgy, steam-punk flair these beauties posses! Charming tiny heart earrings with a steampunk twist! Hearts are painted red and accented with a copper gear detail up one side. Has silver wire bail and ear wire. Made from polymer clay

You can find more of TheAmethystDragonfly here:
You can also LIKE her fan page on FaceBook here:
I hope you enjoyed Lynn’s fabulous creations as much as I enjoyed featuring her beautiful and unique work!

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Today I have a most inspirational interview that I think everyone will love! My interview is with Lost Apostle Bronze Jewelry. What I love about their jewelry is the uniqueness and mysterious beauty of their creations, truly fascinating!

Lost Apostle Bronze Jewelry… A cure for the common gold.

Please give us a brief bio, where you are from and how you started in this field?
I was born near Montreal, Canada, but have lived outside of Canada half of my life – mostly in Asia, London UK and Spain. I moved back to Canada with my husband, James, a few months ago, with absolutely no idea what I would do for work as I spent the bulk of my time away creating jewelry, clothing, bags and accessories and selling them in various markets around the world, wherever I was at the time – a gypsy lifestyle, really, we even lived out of our 1978 VW camper van in Spain for 3 years selling at whichever markets came our way. There being a lack of any good weekly craft markets in Canada had me start thinking of what I could be doing online – something I could work from home and live wherever I want, besides which, I really did feel like my time at markets was up. I needed something new, and knowing Lost Apostle was a winner (tried and tested in the markets in the UK and Spain!), I just had to try to set up an Etsy shop.

When did you first discover your creative talents?
I have always felt to be a creative person, I think I would whither and fade if I wasn’t able to use my creativity!
My first attempt at making jewelry started when I was 6. I remember very clearly my mum taking me to a bead shop in Montreal, and I was overwhelmed, and in heaven! I still to this day have some of those beads, the beautiful ones I treasured and never used. My collection of beads and jewelry is now quite something, especially after spending years in Nepal, India and Indonesia. Although a lot of my focus in the past with jewelry involved semi-precious stones and precious metals, due to the present day climate with the ever-increasing prices of silver, I was forced to think outside the box. My husband suggested bronze – he is an avid collector of antique bronze jewelry from Asia. He inspired and helped me to create something new and original.

Could you tell us about some of your work?
Right now, its all about Lost Apostle. All pendants, earrings and bracelets are cast in bronze or white bronze with silver plate using the lost wax method. I make the odd piece in sterling silver or gold plate. It all starts off with a design in mind – drawn out on paper in 3D – getting in all the angles and trying to visualize the finished piece as a sculpture. All designs are made by myself and my husband, James, and I tackle it from there. Most Lost Apostle jewelry is pendants – for him, for her, for all walks of life. Pendants range from flying pigs, to 1950’s style microphones, guns, angel wings, feathers, loads of different bird skulls, animal skulls, teddy bear skulls, anatomical hearts, bones, and more decorative skulls like my favourite – the Day of the Dead skull. I have started making earrings, bracelets and have plans for Pandora style beads (though with a Lost Apostle twist), and cuff bracelets with tribal overtones. There is just not enough time in a day!

What inspires you to keep going and how do you keep yourself motivated?

Lost Apostle is a relatively new business, I am always looking for new ideas and am constantly inspired by what is going on around me. I keep myself motivated by letting Lost Apostle grow organically, and take advantage of opportunities that I think might help business.


How will you describe your style?
There is no real singular style for Lost Apostle. It is a fusion of Tribal, Steampunk, Retro, Gothic, Art Nouveau and Classic.

What is your approach to design?
Adapting to the latest fashion fad is only a part of it. There are so many opportunities for a brand like Lost Apostle as it caters to men, women and absolutely every style of person, it gives plenty of room to come up with a huge range of ideas and designs so that there is no one single approach.

Describe your workshop/studio for us:
I have a massive wooden table that I work on – we have just moved here from the UK, so haven’t set up a proper workshop yet! I pull out my dremel and carving tools and wax when I need them – I’ll be setting up a proper carving station hopefully within the next couple of months – I am planning some new designs and need to get going on them! Other than that there is a wall of chain, leather rolls, shelves of bags, postal supplies and of course bronze jewelry! I’ve got a giant cork board with my in-and-out info, plus new ideas for designs in drawings and images. My sewing machine’s been collecting dust, much to my dismay! The computer has taken over…

Any influences or anyone you look up to when it comes to designing?
Influences are all around. Whether it be the latest fashion styles (I love the rock n roll style of Alexander McQueen), objects of nostalgia (our 50’s style microphone pendant, cassettes…), or ancient forms and designs of jewelry, I am continuously inspired by ancient tribal designs of Asia, South & North America America & Africa. Both James and I spent much of our 20’s and 30’s travelling & working in Asia and Europe, hence developing the Lost Apostle style of jewelry along the way. I studied painting in university, and my final year thesis was a body of work dedicated to graffiti, skulls and tribal styles, so this is where I think it all began.

“What is Art?” is certainly too big of a question to ask here, but what do you hope your audience takes away from your art? What statement do you hope to make?
A huge question indeed. This was a question we were asked in my first year philosophy class at university! What I want people to take away from my art is to feel like they are wearing just that – art! Not just another piece of jewelry. I like art with an edge. Lost Apostle has got an edge. It’s not easy to forget.

How do you bridge the gap of the business side of designing?

I always have to think of what might sell versus what I want to make. Ideas revolve around what might look good as a pendant and what kind of person might be looking for the said pendant, which luckily is broad! I have to be careful and keep an eye on how many designs are being produced, as I still have to stock each and every one of them – it gets expensive and I can’t stretch myself too thin. When people ask for custom made orders, I have to think long and hard about making them, as it doesn’t make sense to just make one, when the casting process and production can cost so much.

Describe yourself in 5 words.
Adaptive, artistic, original, organized & chaotic!

How has your experience been selling online?

My experience in online selling has been overwhelming. It takes so much effort to get a shop up and running – I am so used to market stalls, where you go to work, set up, stand behind a stall all day, pack up and go home… online selling never stops. My husband was instrumental in helping me set up the Etsy site. I am more of a designer and creator, and though organized, found the whole process rather daunting as there was so much to think about – photography, descriptions, SEO, tagging, promotion, and the list goes on… I am really happy with the direction business has taken. It seems that Lost Apostle’s gone viral!

What has been your most exciting moment as an artist?

There have been quite a few moments of excitement as an artist. I went to art school, and continued as an artist afterwards because I love the rush you get from creating a beautiful piece of art. I spent years working for other companies in graphic design, marketing and print production, and none were ever satisfying. It was only when I went back to doing what I love about 7 years ago, that full inspiration came back to me, though it was incredibly hard to get started again – to create something that I love and that would put money in the bank to boot! I was constantly changing and revising ideas and designs at the beginning, plus the crazy soaring prices of silver forced me to think again, and think in bronze! I guess that was Lost Apostle’s golden moment…

Do you have any advice for new artists?

Follow what you love, but be prepared to let go of it as well. Many artists create solely for themselves, and wonder why it doesn’t work when they try to make a living out of it, so it’s important to listen to advice and adapt when need be.

Where else can we find you online?

Etsy – http://www.thelostapostle.com

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/LostApostleBronzeJewelry

There are quite a few other websites that carry Lost Apostle – http://www.shanalogic.com & http://www.inkedmag.com to name a couple, as well as a few small shops & tattoo studios in Canada, the US, the UK, and in Europe. There is also still a Lost Apostle stall at Spitalfields Market in London, UK…. where it all started. Lost Apostle is going global!

Thank you Nadya for this wonderful interview! What an inspiration you are to everyone, your determination has brought you great success and I think that is so important for every artist whether they sell online or not. I really enjoyed browsing your shop, so many interestingly unique and beautiful items!

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Happy Friday everyone! To add to the Awesomeness of the day, I have a great treat for you! I had a chance to interview a wonderful artist whose work is nothing short of phenomenal. I was truly captivated by this artists work, the fine detail and range of artistic talent has left me most awe inspired!
Meet Cody Rutty, I am sure you will find his work as fascinating and spell binding as I do!

What is the name of your shop and link?

Cody Rutty: My work is on my website, http://www.codyruttyart.com, and in a more interactive sense on my Facebook fan page: Cody Rutty

How has your experience been on online as an artist?

Cody Rutty: Well, for years nothing really happened (laughs). I had built a website that was probably only visited by spiders and bots. With a little social media and doing more shows, however, the online experience is really coming alive, and a majority of sales come from web traffic, which is fantastic.

What has been your most exciting moment online?
Cody Rutty: Recently I received a PayPal notification email that someone living in Japan had bought two fairly large pieces. That was a great feeling. Shipping art to Japan is a nice first.

Do you have any advice for new artists in your area of creativity?
Cody Rutty: I do. Even though I’m not an expert, I would suggest diversifying your work load, meaning have an armada of work ranging from quick drawings to elaborate in-depth pieces. This will not only give you a range of output to produce but a solid trailing equity accessible to those interested in your work.

How long have you been an artist?
Cody Rutty: My mom used to tell me that I was fairly obsessed with drawing, couldn’t stop me, and that hasn’t really changed, besides adding paint to the equation. I think most artists would answer “my whole life” to this question, and that’s a pretty fair response, accurate. But when I was about 15-16 I started really producing paintings as they were, artifacts of work. So as far as production? About 12 years. I’m still very new.

Who or what had the greatest influence on you as you developed as an artist?
Cody Rutty: Beside the thousands of incredible visual artists in the library, I’ve been fascinated by the work of Edward Lorenz, Benoit Mandelbrot, then Felix Hausdorff and Waclaw Sierpinksi. Their works inspire me in a very major way. Since I picked up The Fractal Geometry of Nature freshman year in high school my work has always seen influence by these great minds.

How would you characterize your work?
Cody Rutty: This is a question that never gets easier with practice (laughs). I get asked this a lot over, say, dinner or meeting new people. I usually say that my work is abstract and leave it at that. When all is said and done, I think that’s how my work appears to most.

How do you feel when people interpret your artwork differently?
Cody Rutty: When they interpret the work disparately than how I envision it, that difference is very valuable. It’s sort of an inevitability with my work. When I start to interpolate the varying views from a few reactions, a strange, topological shape starts to form in my head from the different vantages. I like it. It’s fascinating and gives strange volume to a static image.

Describe your workshop/studio for us:
Cody Rutty: Right now I’m working out of a fairly small room at home. I have another room for storage and a garage with a wood shop. They’re all pretty scattered and blended together. This may change soon, I’m looking at warehouse space.

What’s the hardest part of being an artist?
Innately, I think artists have higher highs and lower lows, and this up and down velocity can be wearing. Sometimes the hardest part is keeping the faith, and other times the hardest part is trying not to explode form excitement (laughs).

How many hours a day do you create?
Cody Rutty: On any given work day, 6-10 is pretty common. 0-24 is also fairly common.

How does creating art make you feel?
Cody Rutty: Creating art makes me feel like I’m part of something good. So many writers, musicians, artists of all kinds know this feeling. It’s a feeling of worth and value, and a feeling of triumph over the more banal and mundane daily routines. If I didn’t create art, conversely, I think I’d try to surround myself with it regardless.

“What is Art?” is certainly too big of a question to ask here, but what do you hope your audience takes away from your art? What statement do you hope to make?

Cody Rutty: I’ve always enjoyed watching people look at art, mine or others’. It can be very solemn the way a person regards art. I hope that those who have my art on their walls take away something original, something that no other little rectangle elicits in them. What that is, who knows. I’ve had such varying feedback. As far as statements are concerned, I hope that the better my art becomes, the more it says ‘this is worth it, creating art is worthwhile, do it.’ I could really bore you with my personal intellectualisms (laughs).

What are your artistic goals?
Cody Rutty: Well I’ve been fortunate enough to never run out of ideas. Perhaps when this happens, I’ll be able to answer this question better (laughs). But I reckon the goal is to produce a lot before I’m too old or dead.

How have you handled the business side of being an artist?
Cody Rutty: I’m getting better, slowly. Something about money and art has always seemed mutually exclusive, but bills and money seem to go hand in hand. So if you’re looking to pay the bills with art, the business side is very immediate and important. I do believe one of the worst feelings is being desperate for money and practically giving your art away. It’s part of the process and ultimately your art is in someone’s home. Over time, I think your work will find its own way.

Where else on the Internet can we find your work?
Cody Rutty:

I’d say ‘like’ my Facebook fan page: From there I have my other nodes (laughs).

Cody, thank you for sharing your AMAZING artwork with us, it was truly a pleasure getting to interview you!

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I have a treat for you today, an interview with Marshfellows!

What is the name of your online shop and link?

Marshfellows
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marshfellows
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/MarshFellows
Blog: http://marshfellows.wordpress.com/

How has your experience been selling your art online?
So far it’s been very positive. I’m still a ‘beginner’ in many ways, but I have been lucky and grateful to those who have extended their help, expertise and advice.

What has been your most exciting moment as an artist?
When I first started making Marshfellows, the biggest thrill was just the idea that someone would pay for my artwork. It still amazes me that so many people want to bring my little guys into their homes and lives. But it’s also wonderful when other artists contact me and want one for their own.

How long have you been an artist?
I’ve been working with polymer clay for about five years now, but I’ve always loved arts and crafts ever since I was a little kid.

Who or what had the greatest influence on you as you developed as an artist?
All the credit goes to my Grandmother. When she was still with us, she was always crafting. Sewing, knitting, crocheting, sketching, painting, pottery, ceramics. You name it! But working with clay was something the two of us always did together. She encouraged my love of art and even taught me some of the techniques I know and use today. I absolutely have her to thank for my deep rooted obsession with all things arty and crafty.

How would you characterize your work?
Marshfellows are cute, chubby, silly, sweet, funny and whimsical. They’re like little reminders to smile and giggle. Which you should, it’s good for you!

Describe your workshop/studio for us:
I don’t think I’ve ever actually eaten at my kitchen table, it always has materials, tools, papers and empty coffee cups scattered all over it. When I’m working the music is always playing and the coffee maker is always on. I work at high speed when I’m on a creative buzz and being in the kitchen to work is a reminder in itself that I need to stop every once in a while, come up for air and eat something. Lol.

What’s the hardest part of being an artist?
I think the hardest part has to do with pricing. I have come across situations where a would-be buyer didn’t agree with a listed price and suggested I come up with a more ‘realistic number.”
Of course for the obvious reason it bums me out. It takes my time, money and materials to create a piece, so I can’t just give it away for free, all those variables are valuable to me.
And at the same time a potential customer should see their purchase as a gain, not a loss.

How many hours a day do you create?
Anywhere between 1-4 hours. It’s usually a mixture of creating new pieces, answering e-mails and updating information on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

How does creating art make you feel?
Being able to sit down and create something new and fun is like a drug to me. I love just listening to my tunes, sipping a hot coffee and bringing something new to life. I enjoy the entire creative process from a simple idea in my mind to the final product sitting before me. It’s very relaxing.

“What is Art?” is certainly too big of a question to ask here, but what do you hope your audience takes away from your art? What statement do you hope to make?
When I’m going about my daily life and I pass by a Marshfellow sitting on my shelf or on the window sill or even as the background for my desktop, I can’t help but smile. That’s all I want for anyone who brings a Marshfellow into their lives.

What are your artistic goals?
I would really like to venture into different mediums by collaborating with other artists. There are plans already being set in motion for future projects. I’m really excited about working with new people, pooling ideas, designing new products and taking advantage of learning opportunities. I think 2012 is going to be a great year for Marshfellows.

How have you handled the business side of being an artist?
I have been lucky to have received help from those who are more experienced when it comes to running a small business. But the most important aspect of any business, providing good customer service, is probably what I’m best at. I figure as long as I remember to take good and proper care of my customers, the rest I can learn along the way. Because in the end, if you don’t have happy and loyal customers, you don’t have a business.

Where else on the Internet can we find your work?
Right now I’m working on setting up my shop at TheArtLand.com and I hope to set-up an Etsy account in the future. But for now I’m taking orders via e-mail and Facebook, which I prefer for custom orders. That way I can work closely with the customer and create something that is exactly what they want.

Thank you so much for taking the time to let me interview you Autumn, your items are simply adorable!

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Today I was able to chit chat with John Thompson from JT Digital Art & Paintings. I absolutely LOVE his work, it is colorful and holds almost a futuristic aura that fascinates its audience.


John, what is the name of your online shop and link?


John, what is the name of your online shop and link?
I have all of my work on Imagkind.com and some of my latest images on Society6.com.


http://www.imagekind.com/jt85-posters http://society6.com/JTDigitalArt

What has been your most exciting moment as an artist?
I think the most exciting moment is when I look at all my work online and know that there are so many people that see it everyday.

Who or what had the greatest influence on you as you developed as an artist?
I have always loved the way things look and work, so I’ve really developed an eye for detail and recently I have been fully aware of how things make me feel on a vibrational level of both light and colors.

How would you characterize your work?
My works is purely inspirational whether its painted on canvas or digital.

How do you feel when people interpret your artwork differently?
I know that every bodies persepective is different and it’s very interesting to me to hear how it effects them.

Describe your workshop/studio for us:
My workshop/studio is my entire house, I do must of My digital art on my laptop so I can move around.

What’s the hardest part of being an artist?
I don’t find anything hard about it, I all was enjoy creating art.

How many hours a day do you create?
It varies with how I feel, sometimes I spend a couple of hours and other times all day.

How does creating art make you feel?
Fantastic!

“What is Art?” is certainly too big of a question to ask here, but what do you hope your audience takes away from your art? What statement do you hope to make?
I think if my work makes someone feel anything, then I have done my job.

What are your artistic goals?
To have my art known throughout the world and never run out of new things to create.

How have you handled the business side of being an artist?
That’s the nice thing about selling art online is they do all of that for me, except for the Advertising I do that on Facebook.

Where else on the Internet can we find your work besides Facebook?
http://society6.com/JTDigitalArt http://www.imagekind.com/jt85-posters http://www.voottoo.com/john-Thompson http://www.zazzle.com/john+thompson+gifts http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/john+Thompson/all

Thank you John for taking the time to let me interview you! Wishing you all the best from everyone here at TheArtLand.com

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Welcome to my Fabulous Friday Finds!  I have so many wonderful businesses that I “LIKE” on Facebook that I had to share some of their fabulous handcrafted items with you!

My first selection is from theartland.com’s fan of the day and shop owner of Bling N Things by Penny, I love her jewelry creations they are so feminine and flirty! 

Featured next is Rose Hill Designs By Heather Stillufsen who was also our fan of the day. I am totally in love with her whimsical artwork! Her work is light hearted and simply delightful!  

Next I would like to introduce you to JT Digital Art & Paintings who is a fabulous and talented digital artist and was recently featured as our fan of the day. Here is one of my absolute favorites from his page:

Green Girl Bath & Body has some SCRUMPTIOUS looking soaps that are sure to please you without adding calories!  

Here is a temptation of the silver kind, check out this scrumptiously decadent design from Andes Cruz Designs:

I LOVE purses, so its no wonder why I chose my next feature from Bellissima Boutique, this purse is absolutely perfect! 

My next feature is Have It Sweet LLC. with their nothing but SCRUMPTIOUS and HEAVENLY confections, I LOVE their caramels!  One word of advice, once you take that first bite you will be forever hooked on their sweets!

My next featured artist is from Sunny Rising Leather and metal, who I think creates some of the most amazing leather items I have ever seen! My favorite is this beautiful half-belt:

I totally adore unique and unusual handcrafted goods, so when I saw the creations from Kerry Kate’s October Effifgies I had to share one with you: 

I am a total pottery fan, the Healing Touch Pottery has some amazing pottery that is as beautiful as it is unique:

I hope you enjoyed these wonderful FaceBook LIKES as much as I do!  If you have a chance, click on each of the pictures and head over to LIKE their pages, too!

Peace, Love & Hippie Chic Jewelz

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