Wednesday, February 03, 2016

The Maker Series: ShellieArtist

Happy Wednesday! I am just heart eyes over here - I cannot believe what I have been seeing over the last couple of days. Oh man. You all know how I love Etsy, and one day Etsy recommended that I take a gander over at ShellieArtist's store. Seeing the image that was attached to her name (very similar to the first photo in this post), I already had a feeling that I was going to be smitten with her work. AND OH BOY, I am! Quickly I messaged her and hoped that she wouldn't mind joining in the Maker Series so that I could broadcast how much I love her work! She didn't mind, and here we are. Don't mind me, I am just going to be over at her Etsy store, swooning. I hope you enjoy. ShellieArtist.
Hi my name is Shellie and I am a stay at home mom who also doubles as an artist. I create fabric on wood originals and prints and sell them at local shows and in my Etsy shop!

I just started making mounted art prints on wood slices and wood panels. So much fun and kicking myself for not trying this sooner.
I have always just thought of myself as an artist. Really that is all I wanted to grow up to be. I think that it is something that is in my soul and whether I sell another piece of my art ever again, I will still always make new work.
It is super messy and piled high along the wall with fabric. I have a small collection of artists I love on the walls which I love to constantly add too. And there is no natural light nearby, so I feel like the pictures are always a little weird. I keep an old towel on the top of the desk space b/c I work with liquid starch and it can get a bit messy.
I have a few creative spaces within my house. I have one in the main living area (thank God for IKEA). It is a fabulous corner desk that utilizes a nook of space down stairs. I do all my originals there, package items for shipping. I also work on my back porch as chance I can while my kids play outside. Upstairs I have a studio space as well where I finish all my originals with polyurethane and then photograph originals by the windows for natural light.
I have always taken art classes as it was always my favourite classes to take. I have a BFA in painting from Appalachian State University, but I don't actually paint very much anymore. I started making my fabric on wood piece in 2000 and sort of never turned back. That specific technique I did teach myself.

My favourite tool would have to be a sharp pair of fabric scissors. Next I could not live without my prism colored pencils and a good old fashion hand crank pencil sharpener.

I feel inspired by nature most of the time. I love living in the Carolina's b/c we have both mountains and beach with in a few hours drive. I am a fan of both! I also get inspiration from song lyrics or images that tell a story that often pop into my head in the middle of the night. Often I work back wards on pieces as I might have the title of a new piece in mind and then illustrated it from there.
Many times I think I have finished a piece and then something seems to be missing. It can be one more swirl or a few more petals, and then I just know. I do have to give my husband credit b/c often I will ask him, "what's it missing", and he will rattle off something I never thought of but it will be the perfect conclusion!

Etsy Store
Facebook Page
Do you understand how I am so giddy now? Her work is incredible! Ah, I cannot get over it; the perfect combination of whimsy and realism, of nature and adventure! Moonlit Feathers is a favourite, Gathering Songbirds 1 & 2, Wildflowers Mountain Escape & Gathering Stars are amazing, and this print is perfect for a little girls room! I could go on and on, but instead, I would like to know what YOUR favourite one is? What catches your eye? 

Oh this & this would be perfect for Valentine's Day coming up! :) 

A huge thank you to ShellieArtist for coming on a sharing her work and for letting us get to know her a little bit more! Please go over to one of her social media platforms and send her some love! 
If you would like to be a part of the Maker Series or if you know of someone who you think should be showing of their talents, please email me at knottedhome (at) hotmail (dot) come. The Maker Series  is a place of inspiration, encouragement, and support to those who want to craft, create, or live a homemade lifestyle. This series is all about creating a comfortable and inspirational place in which Makers can share their talents and inspire those who have ever dreamed of living a life supported by what they love to do. Creating. 

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