It is Tuesday again! This week we feature the fabulous Etsy shop of Artangel. I was captivated right away by the hearts that feature in some of her work. Everyday Stories is one of my favorites too. I have recently gotten to know Angie through the group Inspiration Avenue. But was recommended by the Plumrose Lane support system:-). Not only is she a wonderful artist but she has a great sense of humor too. I asked her to pick 4 of her favorites to feature in this post. So please enjoy and read all about her. Best to all BL
How did you get started with Etsy? A friend convinced me to try to sell some of my art online – she suggested ebay. I gave it a go, sold a few pieces, then someone from one of the ebay art boards mentioned etsy. I’ve never looked back! I love being surrounded by such a wealth of talent, variety of work and great community spirit.
What inspires you? I’m very drawn to colour; conversely I love both strong, rich tones but also muted, subtle shades. I am also fascinated by memories, collections and keepsakes, and the way people invest things with emotion and meaning. I love using items that have been used and discarded in my work – I like giving them a new life.
Where is your hometown? and current location? I was born and still live in Manchester, in the North West of England.
What do you like about where you live now? I love that I’m close to a bustling city centre with easy access to galleries, nightlife, restaurants and shops, yet I’m still only an hour or so drive from the sea or beautiful countryside. I also love the Manchester people – we have some real “salt of the earth” Northern characters!
How did you begin with your art? I don’t feel that I ever “began” as such, or made a concision decision to make art, it’s just always been part of me. I spent hours on end drawing as a little girl, and the obsession has never left me (though I’ve now moved on to paints and mixed media).
How would you describe your experience with etsy? A steep, but fun, learning curve!
What advice would you give to a Etsy beginner? Take great photos. With online selling photos count for so much. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice – the etsy forums are a goldmine of great advice and tips! And finally – do what you love and love what you do – never get so caught up in the scramble for views and sales that you stop enjoying the creative process.
Do you sell your products on other sites? If so link to them if you like. I focus mainly on etsy but I do also have a small shop on Folksy (a UK site) –http://folksy.com/shops/artangel
Are you more creative in the morning or evening? Well it’s always easier to paint when the light’s good, but other than that I don’t really have a preference. I have had the odd painting session when I’ve been really involved and then realized it was 2 a.m.!
What do you do for fun? Art! I also love the cinema, reading (I’ve just finished “The Book Thief” – a fab book and I’d recommend it to anyone), and catching up with my friends.