One of the best things about having a blog is meeting new and interesting people in ways that never would have been possible not long ago. That's why whenever someone leaves a comment on one of my posts, I always try to click over to their own blog to check out the goods and return the love. And recently, when I had my first look at Suzanne's blog, I found lots of goods. Namely, jewelry goods. And before I even knew what was happening, I was filling in my credit card number and clicking "purchase" because OH MY GAH I CANNOT LIVE ANOTHER DAY WITHOUT THAT NECKLACE.
Some people black out and wake up with strange men in their beds. I black out and wake up with Etsy bills.
After spending some time on Suzanne's Etsy store, I knew I needed to spread the love. Because if my readers are anything like me --
And in celebration of all things awesome, Suzanne has generously offered to give one lucky Yellaphant reader a $25 gift certificate to suzzanemade, where she sells beautiful one-of-a-kind jewelry, art work, handbags, magnets, stationary, and more.
All you have to do is leave a comment and answer this question: If you had to choose a name for your own style in just a few words, what would you call it? I'd call mine "BoHo in Yo Face" or maybe even "Punch You in the Head Awesome."
Last night, I asked Suzanne that same question, so have a look at our Question and Answer session for some inspiration and to learn a little bit about the fabulous artist behind the awesome art. And don't forget to take a good look at Suzanne's Etsy shop to see what you'd spend your $25 on.
You have a little bit of everything going on: jewelery, bags, painting, and photography. Who are your artistic heroes?
Yeah, that’s a bit of a problem for me -- I tend to want to make and do all sorts of things and I don’t know when to stop! I guess that’s why I usually make one-of-a-kind pieces, so that at least I don’t feel “stuck” with only making a few different designs/types of things. I like to have my hands in everything! I get inspiration from all over the place but I guess I’d say my top three artistic heroes of late would be Emily Martin (of The Black Apple), Elsie Flannigan (of Red Velvet Art) and Ashley Goldberg (of Kitty Genius) –- they are all super talented artsy/crafty girlies!
What are you listening to when you design?
Usually either my husband playing Guitar Hero or Rockband … that, or some sort of sports game on TV. But if/when I actually have a choice in the matter it would probably be 80’s music or “alternative”/indie rock.
Art is all about inspiration and passion. Have you ever had a terrible day, locked yourself in your room, and created a really angry, "I hate you" zippy pouch? Like your "Rainbow and Fawns?" Fucking fierce.
Usually if I’ve had a terrible day I will lock myself in my room, eat a ton of chocolate and drink copious amounts of red wine, gin, vodka, tequila … but I do like the idea of an “I hate you” zippy pouch … maybe I’ll make one next time someone pisses me off and that will be their next “you suck but happy birthday anyway” present.
What else inspires you?
Soooooo many things! Sometimes it’s simply the materials themselves that inspire me to make something out of them, sometimes it everything else -- books, TV, movies, architecture, photography, animals, trees, flowers, fashion, people, random objects, the beach, clouds in the sky, etc! There is a constant stream of new ideas popping into my head. I seem to have more ideas than the time to make them into reality so I tend to keep lots of lists and/or sketches -- mostly on post-it notes crumpled at the bottom of my purse, but on occasion they will actually make it into my notebook!
Where do you make your art? Do you have a special "space" for designing?
Oh yes, I have a very special place … it’s called my dining room -- the dining table to be specific. My husband and I live in a small apartment, so "space” is not exactly something I have a lot of. We do have a spare room, but it’s reserved for more important things like storing dirty laundry, dusty golf clubs, and hockey gear, a futon, and our clothes dryer (a.k.a. elliptical machine).
Do you ever get creative in your underwear?
No, but I’ve occasionally been found to be crafting in the wee hours of the night, in the dining room, in my pj’s and fuzzy slippers.
You were totally in your underwear when you made the jewelry I just bought from you, weren't you? Awesome.
Actually, when I make jewelry I prefer to wear my full Canadian-winter gear: snow pants, parka, ski mask, scarf, and mittens.
If you could name your artistic style, what would you call it? I'd call it "Earth Raping" or maybe "My Mom Would Probably Approve More If I Made Nice Things Instead of Wasting My Time Cursing On a Blog" or "Really Really Pretty."
Ah! I have no idea! ... I guess it’s a little bit whimsical, mixed with a dash of cuteness, a smidgen of femininity, a tad quirky, a bit of fun … with a touch of clean and simple.
Thanks so much, Suzanne, you've been a real delight to both buy from and bother via e-mail. I promise I'll stop sitting outside of your apartment at night now. And no, they weren't binoculars. Okay, they were, but that totally wasn't me who knocked over all your trash cans, by the way. Canadian raccoons: way fiercer than American raccoons.
I'll announce the contest winner next Wednesday, May 13, so comments are open until Tuesday at midnight, Eastern Time. And I'll use a random number generator to pick the winner, so there won't be any funny business. But there might be hanky panky.
READY SET GO!
5/13 UPDATE: Check out the winner at today's post! Tweet