WELCOME, Margaret and her Etsy shop, FIREFLY GIRL! You really must visit Margaret's shop to see all of her delightful creations....from Fairies and Pixies captured in jars, to collages, glass slide necklaces, pendants and more!
Be sure to read Margaret's interview below to learn a bit about what thoughts and ideas go into her "creativity"!
What led you to start creating your art/craft?
After many years doing and selling decoupage items, I discovered ACEOs and collage. From there I have been trying all different forms of mixed media and assemblage and enjoying every minute of it.
How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?
I have not decided to settle on one medium. This is an exciting journey which may not have a true final destination.
What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?
The most enjoyable aspect is that moment when it all comes together for me on an idea. Suddenly, as I work, I just know or find what to add or what to take away from a piece. When I know the piece has expressed a part of me I wanted to give away or share, it is ready for the person who will "connect" with it to have it.
If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable to describe your "creativity", what would that be and why?
I would say an artichoke would be the vegetable I would choose. Naturally, it is because of the many layers! Then, inside the artichoke, is the best or sweetest part. I feel like on my journey I am peeling off layers and finding more and more within myself to express.
If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your "creativity", what would that be, and why?
If I had to choose one medium it would be collage with paper and paint. Again, for the layers. I feel our hearts, our very souls, are layers of consciousness. Thoughts, ideas, expressions, all contain meanings which are deep and meaningful.
What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?
I want to convey both HOPE and HUMOR. There is a part of us, no matter what is happening in our lives that holds fast to hope. Humor helps us see things from a unique vantage point and contributes to hope by creating more coping skills for us.
What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?
My advice to others is: Let go! Mostly, let go of the idea that you cannot express yourself! Even if you cannot draw and have not yet been trained to paint, you CAN learn to create if you can push past doubt!
Margaret, it is a real pleasure to have you out here on DZFANTASY as a featured artist. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts (I love how you expressed yourself), and for sharing your work with everyone.