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My Craft Corner Artist Feature - Kinetic Wings

I'm having a great time featuring artists I've met on My Craft Corner, and today, I'd like to introduce Juliet from Kinetic Wings. She makes beautiful unique jewelry!


**What is your craft and how long have you been making it?
I make artisan jewelry: necklaces and bracelets. I've only been making my own jewelry since October 2009.

**What inspired you to start selling your handmade items and are you enjoying it?
The first necklace I made was for my Mom's birthday and it sort of snowballed into Christmas presents. Then my sister-in-law requested one of my necklaces for a gift and the response was terrific. So they all encouraged me to continue.

 **What is your best selling item?
Since I haven't really sold anything yet, the biggest response came from my angel necklaces but my silk bracelets are well liked as well.


**What are your favorite materials to work with?
I like to use some old jewelry pieces and mix them with new elements such as new chains or charms, maybe re-stringing or re-wiring. I’ve also begun to play around with metal clay and have made stamps to use to make my own designs. It’s slow going but it’s so much fun seeing my drawings made into a stamp that gets made into a charm. Very rewarding. I’ve also been creating new pieces using fine sterling silver and gemstones.

**What is your favorite venue for promoting yourself & your craft?
I recently opened an Art Fire account at www.kineticwings.artfire.com plus I’m on Facebook at www.fbook.me/kinetic_wings I’m working on putting some of my items on Etsy as well.

**Where does your inspiration to create come from?
My inspiration comes from many places. My Dad used to call me the jack of all trades and the master of none. He was right. I’m sort of ADD when it comes to sticking with one thing for any length of time but I’ve discovered that through the jewelry making process I’m able to combine so many of my interests and skills and use them in any way I choose. It’s a very freeing process and somewhat meditative for me. I’m having a good time with it and for now that’s super important. I think my Dad would be proud of me. I know my Mom is.


**What do you do to keep busy when experiencing slow sales?
My family and a family business. Plus we have two dogs, two birds and have recently adopted five baby opossums that will go to a rescue soon.

**What would you say to artists who are new to selling and/or who are struggling with selling?
Since I’m fairly new to all of this I’ll pass on some words of wisdom that have been given to me recently: Follow your heart, find your creative voice, never give up, but mostly have fun creating because at the end of the day that is why we create to begin with, to enjoy it.

 **What are some of your goals for your business?
I’d love to be able to sell what I make, lol. Seriously though, I’d like to inspire with my pieces. To bring a
sense of fun, beauty, inspiration, joy and hope when you look at my jewelry.

**Have I missed anything or is there something else you would like to share?
It is never too late to follow your dreams. Thank you for including me in the MCC Artist Feature. 

Find Juliet at the following sites:
Kinetic Wings on Artfire
Kinetic Wings on Etsy
Kinetic Wings on My Craft Corner
Kinetic Wings on Facebook
Follow Juliet on Twitter

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent and inspirational story Juliet!
Tune in for the next Artist Feature on Tuesday, May 18th!
Have a great weekend & happy creating!

5 comments :

Orange Blossom said...

BeaUtifFul FeAturE.....

Orion Designs said...

Lovely pieces with some very unique twists!

Small Footprints said...

I love the uniqueness of Kinetic Wings jewelry ... it seems very personal and meaningful!

Wonderful feature! Have a great weekend!

Small Footprints

letamariedesigns said...

I love kinetic Wings, wonderful pieces and an nice twitter friend~

Leta

Peanuts Creations said...

Really unique designs...great story too!
Karen

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