Showing posts with label etsy recyclers guild team. Show all posts
Showing posts with label etsy recyclers guild team. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Meet Nicolette of Decomp

Nicolette of Decomp is one of my fellow Etsy Recyclers Guild team members. We somehow started up dialogue a few days ago and I told her I really liked her stuff. She makes really great recycled jewelry and accessories from old bullet shells, bones and feathers. Very in tune with the earth and recycling. Like I said, her stuff is way cool!

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Nicolette and I live near lake Michigan. I’ve been a freelance portrait artist for 5 years. I enjoy designing conceptual accessories, clothing and jewelry for my Etsy shop on the side. I've had no formal training in drawing or sewing, just the impulse to create.

When did you first start designing/crafting?

I have always been crafty, you name it, I’ve done it. My passion for drawing is where the urge to ’design’ originated from. Planning out how to make something is the first and best part. I starting making Barbie clothes, jewelry, wallets, even cell phones (ha ha) made out of paper when I was a little child. Paper and tape were best materials. :D Then I really got into beading and designing outfits as a kid. Tubs of beads and sketchbooks EVERYWHERE. I enjoy the challenge of creating something, new no matter the medium. As I got older, I learned how to sew and started making my own patterns and fabricating my designs. The items I made were mainly for myself. People locally became interested, so I was encouraged to start selling my creations.

Please describe your work in detail. What's your favorite type of crafting/art/design?

I’ve always been compelled to draw subjects the way they look in real life. I focus on capturing every detail in my illustrations and paintings. I soon realized that I am a perfectionist for imperfection. I’m so inspired my nature and the imperfections it creates. I try to incorporate this creativity, not only on paper, but in everyday life. The use of organic shapes brings life to ordinary things, such as a bag or scarf. I love to use recycled materials and found objects. I try to find a use for something so that it does not go to waste. Leather scrap that’s been well worn and aged, is one of my favorite materials. Wool and silk in its natural state are a pleasure to work with. Layering different textured fabrics has also become one of my staples. Finding beauty in the perfect combination of textures and colors is what I strive for in each completed piece. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with vintage and antique items, hence a few vintage pieces in my shop.

How has your work evolved from your earlier work?

I only started making things for my Etsy shop a year ago, using old ideas and designs from items I made for myself. Obviously, you get better at something the more you do it. I’ve learned what works and what doesn't, so the items in my store are better in terms of quality and durability.

Where do you get your inspiration?

I get most of my inspiration from nature. Growing up, I was either outside or crafting. I have always found the natural world to be extremely fascinating. I try to incorporate natural textures, shapes and colors into my creations.

Where are your products sold (online/stores)?

So far, only local commissions and in my Etsy shop.

What advice can you give other designers/artists when selling their items?

Just be yourself, make what you want to make. Show the world what you have to offer. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have many sales or views at first, it will take time. That’s about it, as I have a lot to learn as well. :D

Describe yourself in three words:

Innovative, perfectionist, autodidactic

Is there is anything else you'd like to share with us?

I’ve been contemplating selling my custom portraits in my Etsy store, so keep an eye out for them in the near future. I’m thrilled to be a part of this wonderful Etsy community. Meeting such interesting artists and seeing their creative recycled items is what also inspires me to keep doing what I’m doing! Keep recycling!

You can find Nicolette of Decomp online at the following places:


Sunday, February 6, 2011

I made the front page of Etsy last night!

I logged into Facebook earlier today and saw a post from my fellow Etsy Recyclers Guild team member Oh-Zie. She noted that a treasury she was included in was on the front page of Etsy (in middle of the night) last night. I looked at the treasury and realized one of my items was in the same treasury! Yay! My team and I made it to the front page of Etsy thanks to Broken Ghost Couture, who curated the treasury.

How cool is that?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

I was promoted to team leader on Etsy Recyclers Guild team! Yay!

I joined the Etsy Recyclers Guild team this past November. I've been a part of other Etsy teams in the past, but never really felt like I belonged. From day one, I've truly felt like a member of the Etsy Recyclers Guild team. Cindy of Retro Chalet is our team captain and she has made me feel so warm and welcome. I cannot say enough good things about her. I just received an email a few minutes ago via Etsy and it said that I had been promoted to team leader! Yay for me! Thank you to Cindy and the Etsy Recyclers Guild team.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Vintage housewares can add a little spice to your decor!

I've been to houses where all of the decor is sterile, new and really boring. It's as if the person only shopped at one of those large, chain furniture stores. That stuff is okay, I suppose, but why not brighten up your space and give it some character? Is it that difficult for some people to envision the endless possibilities of adding a vintage piece to their already sterile home decor?

Set Architectural Candle Holders Shabby candlesticks $28 by Retro Chalet Photobucket
These candlesticks are great. They are made of wood and would add a nice pop of color to any room.

Amazing Antique 1930s Bread Box $110 by Alpenglow VintagePhotobucket
I love this cute breadbox! I love anything from the 1930s, actually. I like the turquoise paint around the front perimeter and I love the crackle effect to the metal. This breadbox would make an excellent addition to any shabby kitchen decor. Much better than any new, modern (made to look vintage) kitchen breadbox.

Set of 3 Vintage Mid Century Modern Retro Turquoise & Gold Glass Decanters w/ Tops Lids $25 by Texas Vintage Things
I picked up these decanters at an estate sale awhile back. I actually can't remember. They are very modern and the colors are gold & turquoise. These would be cute in any room amongst other mid century modern items.

You can find these items by clicking on the photo's above or you can click here. All sellers featured in this post are members of the Etsy Recyclers Guild Team.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Let me introduce you to Retro Chalet on Etsy

I'm a member of a great Etsy team called the Etsy Recyclers Guild. You can find our team blog here. Cindy from Retro Chalet is not only our team captain, but an amazing person. Her shop has the best vintage Kitchen, Melmac, print blocks, letterpress and porcelain glove molds as well as other cool vintage things. You can find her blog here.

Jadite Boontonware Creamer Sugar Melmac Melamine from New Jersey $16
You can find a lot of really cool, vintage kitchen items in her shop.

How Now Little Cows - moo cow creamers Instant Collection $16
Cindy is a very active member within the Etsy community, is a published author and raises money for various charities. She's also an artist. You can find her other shop, Retro Chalet Studio, here.

To raise awareness about our team and team blog, we are having a contest on our team blog. Please click here for additional details.