Every handmade item that I have is wonderful in its own right, but is even a bit more special because I met or know something about the person that made it. When I look at one of these items or pick it up, I think about where I acquired it and think about the person that made it. I feel connected to these pieces in a different way than I do to my mass-produced stuff.
In today’s internet age, we are no longer limited to buying handmade items at local craft fairs or on special holiday trips. Marketplaces like Etsy.com allow us to connect with makers of handmade items from around the world. And we can get to know a little bit about the person behind the item.
Mookaite Jasper Pendant by Caron of Bead Sire
Caron, from sunny Queensland, Australia, is a mother of two, works full time and designs and creates beautiful jewelry in her spare time (what spare time?). Caron is also the co-administrator of our wonderful Starving Artist team and helps to keep us all organized and on track. I’m not sure how she juggles it all. I think that she probably doesn’t sleep!
Beaded Bracelet Tutorial Net Options by Cindy of Jewelry Tales
Cindy works with many different materials. She creates amazing pieces using seed beads, but is equally at home with working in metal. Cindy is a mom, an avid gardener and a prolific blogger. The whirlwind behind this blog, she set up the blog, wrote all the daily posts for it for many months plus she maintains 2 personal blogs. I don’t know if she sleeps either!
Angel Wings - Sterling Silver and Pearl Chandelier Earrings by Laurel of LA Valley Girly
Laurel has 2 children as well as a cat with lots of personality. In addition to making jewelry she is a voice teacher. Making jewelry is pure joy for Laurel. She is so passionate about making jewelry and selling it on Etsy that she established the Starving Artists team and started us all on this wonderful adventure.
Jenifer lives in sunny California with her husband and children. She first started making jewelry because of a severe metal allergy and has now turned it into a full-time business. Jenifer (or One-N-Jen as she is affectionately referred to among forum members) is the mastermind of the discussion topics on the weekly Starving Artists team threads on the Etsy forums.
If you enjoy learning a little more about the artists behind the work, you are in luck. Tomorrow we kick off a new weekly feature for this blog - interviews with members of the Starving Artists team.
Featuring artisan handmade creations by the Etsy Starving Artists jewelry team. SATeam members create handcrafted jewelry and beads. More information about our team and its current Etsy shop owner members can be found at SATEAM.etsy.com.