A fellow EtsyTwitter Team member has been cross promoting me this week and I wanted to return the favor by featuring her on my blog for all of you to meet. Eileen from DorsetHillBeads makes beautiful lampwork beads, buttons and pendants that she has created with her own 2 hands. I really want some of the buttons for my neckwarmers in Meagan's Designs shop.
I have always believed that socializing is one of the marketing tools and a great way to meet new people and today I am introducing you to Lori from Dean Dyment Studios. I met Lori when we both signed up for Tim Adam's EtsySecrets and she agreed to do a blog interview for me! Dean Dyment Studios is filled with awesome art prints that Lori creates. You can find prints of animals and landscapes and a little demon but my favorite thing in her shop is her pendants. The pendants are mini works of art that you can carry with you everywhere. Inspiration is key to being a passionate artist and Lori's inspirations are reflected in her work. Nature and children are a huge inspiration for Lori. Just flipping through a children's illustrated book, can send the creative juices flowing thru her fingers and to the paper. Also, the more Lori interacts with other artist online and sees other people, she finds inspiration in what they do.
On days Lori maybe stuck (and we all go thru those periods), she will sit with her sketchbook and just draw what comes to mind. This is a base for future prints that she can expand on. When she opens the sketchbook, she has no expectations of what will happen and that helps open her mind. A look back at her previous works, helps her sees what can be explored with new technique or theme to create a new piece of art. Seeing the importance of an online artisan community, Lori is making her presence known thru sites like Indiepublic, RedBubble, Imagekind, HandmadeByMe, Flickr, her blog and a couple other artist community sites. Plus she has a shop on Etsyand a studio onArtfire to display her works for buyers. At the moment, Lori not only has her prints and necklaces to work on but she works part-time as a pastry assistant at an Artisan Bakery. ( I am very jealous!) From her inspiration of children's illustration books, Lori would love to one day make a career out of illustrating children's books and be in her studio 10-12 hours a day just creating! If Lori won $1 million lottery she would put a down payment on a house (Vancouver real estate is mighty expensive) and this would give her and her husband the opportunity to work on their art full time!
Now be sure that look at Dean Dyment Studios Etsy shop and take advantage of her sale going on! She is offering up to 50% off monotype prints and free shipping and insurance.