Sunday, April 25, 2010

Focus On... The Letter G!

When I was in high school, I picked up a set of dog tags at a thrift store and wore them everyday. I made up stories about who they belonged to and what action those tags had seen. Unfortunately, they were stolen when I was in college. But I've never stopped liking the look of stamped jewelry. It's so personal and tangible. You can rub your fingers over it and feel the words. That's one of the reasons I was drawn to The Letter G, an etsy shop run by Lili, a super talented artist who gracious enough to do an interview with me.

Tell me some basic info about yourself. I am a 27 year old, music lovin', free-spirited, daydreamer with a fascination and appreciation for creativity and individuality.

Likes: Hiking. Muppets. Design. Singing in my shower. Road trips with my pals to concerts. Bold people. Humble people. My husband, 2 cats and dog. Tom Robbins novels. Dirty martinis and avacados. Freedom.
Dislikes: Boring wardrobes. Snobbery (it's just icky). Closed mindedness.


What kind of mediums do you use and why? What mediums do I use? Anything that strikes my fancy that day I suppose. I create anything from jewelry to headpieces to random pieces of art to t shirts so that leaves it pretty open. My husband is a glass blower and graphic designer and I really enjoy combining our skills and creating together.


What made you decide to sell on etsy? I used to sell wholesale to boutiques and eventually did the department store thing but I didn't enjoy it. I create very randomly and selling like that just didn't allow me the freedom that I wanted. Etsy really embraces the artistic and entrepreneurial spirit and makes it very easy and affordable for people like myself to use. In a world that is so standardized and watered down with our Targets and our Walmarts, Etsy is truly a breath of fresh air that I think reminds consumers to be aware of where their products come from. I'm proud to be a part of it.


Where do you get your inspiration? My inspiration often comes from the materials themselves. I don't see things as they are but the potential they have in them.


What is your favorite music to craft by? Ooooh, tough one. I like to keep my ipod on shuffle and just skip through until I find a song that fits the mood of what I'm working on. For example, the last 10 artists that played were: Beck, Wynton Marsalis, Rolling Stones, Dan Auerbach, Beatles, Joanna Newsome, Mos Def, Devendra Banhart, Bob Marley, Rodrigo y Gabriela.


If you were an animal, what would you be? I just asked my husband what animal he thought I'd be and he said a mix between an owl and a gazelle, hahaha, but we'll go with a dog. I think I'm loyal and compassionate.


What's your favorite piece of your own? Favorites at the moment are a guitar pick pendant with a Zeppelin quote, a vintage piece with a Kerouac quote and a vintage locket that I wear all layered together.


What are your favorite blogs right now? My friends and I have a blog called The Pinata that we started after our wedding in Mexico. We keep in touch, make up stories, make fun of each other. I love it. ...This blog is pretty spiffy too!



Head Case by G on Etsy - hair accessory sister shop

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