Friday, November 30, 2012

Interview with Shannon Marie

Interview with Shannon Marie, jeweler, photographer, graphic design artist, and co-leader of the Art School Grad Team on Etsy.

"House on Wey Road" by Shannon Marie
won an Instagram contest this year - for sale by request
 1) Was there a particular moment or person that inspired you to become an artist?
This is such a hard question to answer because I have such there is such a vast collection of artist’s whose work I love and inspired me at some point. Definitely Audrey Kawasaki, Camille d’Errico, Fafi, Danny Brito. Photographers like Benoit Paill. I love Neo Victorian and Steampunk jewelry designers like Bella Lili and Lara Lewis. I listen to Cibo Matto, Bjork, and Son Lux on Pandora while I’m working. I have a serious Tumblr addiction. I think it all comes together to help me brainstorm new ideas, and constantly learn and improve my business and my abilities in art.

2) Have your jewelry, photography, and graphic design influenced each other, or do you think of them as completely separate endeavors?
I try to keep them separate, in my mind at least, for my own sanity, but they definitely overlap sometimes as far as helping customers and achieving goals. I think my experience in jewelry has definitely helped me in opening up my own graphic design shop because I am better able to assist customers with the more technical side of Etsy when they need it. Artistically, it’s a relief to be doing it all sometimes. I am the kind of person who feels “burnt out” quite fast, and it’s nice to be able to turn my back on my design orders when there’s a lull and just make jewelry in and out of a whole day. And vice versa. I really do love lots of contrast and bold colors, and I think that comes through on both ends sometimes.

Shannon Marie's table set up from the Holiday Bazaar in Millbrook, NY, in Nov. 2012

3) What is your most treasured creation and why?
I have one particular print that I made in the first year I started selling my photos on Etsy while I was still pregnant with my son. It’s just this really dreamy nature print of these crabapple blossoms that were blooming in front of the house where I was living at the time. It still just feels really surreal to me when I look at it, and makes me think of where I was in my life at that time. I think really great art does that – Even if nobody else notices it, even if it’s only me that feels something, I feel like I’ve accomplished something good.

"Country Garden" by Shannon Marie
4) Describe your perfect studio day.
Any day that I get something done. (HA!) I am now a work-at-home full-time single mom, so I am grateful for any amount of time I can get in my actual studio space. Right now it is a disaster area, but I make it work.

5) What tips might you have for other emerging artists?
Always experiment. Make time to create. Don’t limit yourself to one medium.

6) Are you planning anything special for your shops this holiday?
I am going to list as much new jewelry as possible between now and Christmas. More agate and druzy necklaces, beaded earrings, and mini photo prints in the 4x4 size. Big sales on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and post Christmas for ‘Boxing Day’! (I always have spontaneous sales through Facebook too)

"Early Autumn Road" by Shannon Marie

((Art School Grad members/readers can take 20% anything in my jewelry shop using coupon code 'ARTSCHOOLGRAD' at checkout!))

I also have Logo Designs at half price in my design shop now until the listing runs out –

7) If you had to describe your work in five words, what would those words be?
Simple. Eclectic. Shiny. Loud. Fun.

8) Where else might fans find you? 
Fashion Tumblr:
Personal Tumblr:

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