"Sunlit Vase" by Frank Rose
I am very happy to have the "Rare Artisans" shop on Etsy as a featured shop out here on my DZFANTASY blog! What a detailed and exquisite drawing above!! One can only imagine the time it took to create such a work of art!
Be sure to visit the Rare Artisans to see more original art and beautiful hand-crafted jewelry. Let's hear what the Rare Artisans have to say about their work as they share their thoughts with us.
What led you to start creating your art/craft?
Our conglomerate began creating art years ago, all of us starting our journey at different stages in life. Collectively, we have all answered the same calling…to be creative and expressive by channeling love and joy. We all found the creative process relaxing, and only later discovered that it could also be lucrative. Several of our members have been severely disabled for many years and have found that making “things”, and having them be appreciated by other people, encouraged them to be more satisfied with themselves. Getting together, loving each other’s work, laughing at our mistakes, and learning from each other led to starting our website and then opening our Etsy shop!
How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?
Basically, it has settled down to whichever medium is available at the time. We may not be the best at it, but love to dig in with every ounce of determination and talent granted to us. We encourage and mentor each other to try new things, so each day opens new possibilities!
What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?
For one individual, it is when he is constructing jewelry, taking time to ensure that each piece is strong and beautifully crafted. Another finds that the greatest moment is when he first sees a certain combination of jewelry components that he knows will become a beautiful piece. One of our artists enjoys the freedom of a blank piece of paper just waiting for his pencil to tell him what to create! For another one of our artists, it is when she clicks the camera’s shutter knowing it will be “the one” out of the bunch that captured all essentials to become an emotionally stirring photograph (see her fine art photography at http://alisondubois.etsy.com) ~ and she also loves imagining a jewelry item, and then creating it by learning different techniques. Another feels special knowing her art is out there in the world, adorning someone with her jewelry accompanying them on a night out on the town, during a significant moment in their lives, or a nonchalant moment where they take time out to notice her piece throughout their day.
If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?
This is a difficult question! Maybe an interesting fruit bearing plant from the rain forests, currently unknown to man, that would make people wonder “Is it a fruit or a vegetable”? It would be healthy, entertaining and appealing, delicious and versatile…and no one would be allergic to it! The fruit would be our jewelry and art pieces - ready for people to pluck and enjoy today, tomorrow, and as heirlooms passed to generations to come!
If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your "creativity", what would that be, and why?
We gathered our pool of incredible artists together (some whose work is yet to be featured) to help answer these questions (and had a great time!) So, we came up with a few answers to this question.
1) Sculpture, because it is an art form that is not commonly displayed in the public as much as it used to be.
2) Old style techniques in photography, because this is a medium that should be preserved and revered.
3) Gastronomy~ simply because being a chef and preparing dishes that are not only vital to living, but are also a wonderful way to connect people of all ages and origins…everyday would be wonderful. How splendid it would be to create recipes that could potentially become a staple in everyday lives - to prepare glorious works of art, only to see them gobbled up!
What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?
Rare Artisans’ crafts are intended to capture emotions, convey beauty, and share our respect for the endless combinations of crafts that are available for anyone to try. We’d like to encourage people to believe in themselves…believe that they can create and receive satisfaction for their work.
What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?
Just go out there, work with what you can afford, there are an abundance of resources to learn different techniques, for endless creations. If you fail, try, try again! Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the world of art is constantly growing and changing with the times.
THANK all of you "Rare Artisans" for taking the time to contribute your thoughts and ideas for this feature. GREAT answers, thoughts, and wonderful work!! It is wonderful to hear of a group such as this! I'd like to mention here, that Alison DuBois has also been featured out here on DZFANTASY. Be sure to visit RARE ARTISAN'S shop on Etsy and also the other links listed below.