I'd like to welcome, Christina, and her Etsy shop, 1337 ART. 1337 ART has a wide range of unique items ranging from bracelets/rings, beverage charms, brooches, necklaces, hair accessories, and more! You really must pay a visit! 1337 ART IS CURRENTLY HAVING AN AFTER CHRISTMAS SALE...SO DON'T MISS OUT ON SOME GREAT DEALS!
What led you to start creating your art/craft?
I have always been interested in art and crafts. When I was a kid, I used to buy beads at the local sidewalk fairs and make jewelry and key chains. Later on I started making beaded animals. I started making real pieces of jewelry two years ago when I saw two beautiful components that stirred a desire in me to create a necklace out of them.
How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?
I design and make what I like. I accumulate a large amount of materials such as pendants and wire and miscellaneous beads, and I choose some items I like and make something with them. I wanted to make beautiful quality pieces of jewelry; the type that you cannot find at a department store.
What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?
The most enjoyable part for me is shopping for supplies and turning my ideas into a reality. I often write down/attempt to sketch designs in many notebooks, and when I find the right items to make a particular design; how enjoyable that is!
If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?
A lime; bold, casual, with a bit of flare. Why not wear pearls one day and gemstone chips the next?
If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?
I have already been experimenting with collage work and photography, and I would love to incorporate these and expand on them to be included in my business. They are both endless and beautiful and unique.
What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?
Life is both spontaneous and beautiful; do not be afraid to be you.
What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?
Follow your dreams and never stop doing what you love, when it sometimes seems as though you can't go on. If you want to make your artwork your way of living, planning, organization, and patience are the key ingredients to something successful.
Great advice, Christina...! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and creations with all of us! Be sure to visit Christina's links below to see more of what she has to offer.