Pink Expression double strand necklace with pink freshwater pearls and silver beads
by Krissy of THREE SEVENTEEN
WELCOME, Krissy and her Etsy shop, THREE SEVENTEEN. When you pay a visit to Krissy's shop you will find a wide variety of items to choose from....necklaces, bracelets, earring, vintage items and a lot more!
THREE SEVENTEEN is also having a HALLOWEEN SALE, which runs to November 1st. It also has a SALE SECTION so be sure to take a peek in there.
Let's read Krissy's interview below to see how she got started in her creations and a shop on Etsy.
What led you to start creating your art/craft?
I have always been crafty since I was a kid. My mom actually was a teacher's aide in pre school and worked directly with the art aspect of it. She would do small projects and I would work with her when she was making her sample projects for her class. I took many art classes as a child and by age 13, I was featured in the Newark Museum. A few years later I was asked to paint some pictures for a Catholic Charities auction and got high praise for the pieces I did. Graduating High School, I got awarded a full scholarship to Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia PA, and there I really started dabbling in every aspect of art. Though I was a 2D Fine Art major and Photography minor, I really got serious about jewelry design by taking some classes separate from my regular classes. I took the extra classes in school as well as outside the school and absolutely fell in love. I was lucky enough to have some of my pieces featured at my school's art shop as well as around Philadelphia. I focused myself on the fact that jewelry design WILL be my career no matter what. Of course I also have some other loves with my soap making, vintage finding and so on, but jewelry design and fine art will always be my primary love. After having my kids, I became a volunteer assistant at a local Michael's store for Bob Ross classes and also some of their jewelry classes. I just love making jewelry and making things people will wear and love.
How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?
It was a lot of experimentation with many forms of art before I settled that I was going to be a jewelry designer. I love art and I will always love dabbling in everything and anything. I will try everything once.
Ceramic Carrot Wall hanging Hand Crafted with beautiful green ribbon
What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?
I find planning very enjoyable. I have a notebook that I love to sketch my ideas down in. I then take that to the store or have it next to me when I am purchasing supplies online and love finding the PERFECT supplies for my work. I also love the outcome and seeing how people love what they purchase! It's rewarding.
If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?
I have no idea! I would say a fruit bowl! Colorful and yummy!
If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?
I would love to get back into sewing and making purses/totes. I did that when I was a kid! Though I haven't found the time to do that with two kids. I would probably love to make a shop solely for my fine art paintings, sketches, etc...
What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?
Being a single mother, I love for people to know that it is possible to have kids and still find the time to do your craft. However I would also love to become successful in my craft and business so that I can stay home with my children and show other single mother's that it is possible to make a living from what you love!
What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?
I have seen so much negativity lately about people wanting to quit because they aren't selling as much as they want to. I would LOVE to tell people NOT TO QUIT! There were so many days where I got myself down and wondered, why am I still doing this if no one cares? I taught my kids never to be quitters because things will always be better no matter how bad you think they are. It is true. Things WILL get better. Especially in the economy we're in now, people don't have too much money for extras. Give it some time... There is always someone out there who will love your craft/products and as much as you think you're not being noticed, you really are.
Thanks for a great interview, Krissy, and taking the time to share your lovely creations with everyone.
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