*Tell us a bit about yourself?
I stumbled on my love for sculpture when polymer clay was invented and I began making mini creations. I won some awards and garnered a little TV exposure which eventually led to selling at local miniature shops.
*What inspires you and where do your ideas come from?
The oddest things inspire me. A fleamarket sparked my series of bottle paintings; all sold! Prints are now available. I just HAD to see if I could paint clear colored bottles that overlapped and mixed colors when you looked through them. (I used for this idea with my www.AngeeArt.etsy.com banner.)
I pay attention to TV set backgrounds, walls, room decor, patterns, fabric, everything...everywhere. No telling what will spark that next flow of creativity. And of course, vintage toys always motivate my desire to see if I can make tiny versions.
*What are your favorite materials?
*What have been the most valuable lessons learned from other artists on Etsy?
*Why should people buy handmade?
*What features/services would you most like to see on Etsy?
*Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I create more things! Last year I decided to mix two of my loves: painting and miniatures so, went to school, and became a nail specialist. Now I can paint tiny pictures and sculpt 3D acrylics on nails. Also working on my new artist/artisan blog "Creative Class" with lots of tutorials, craft lessons, interviews, and tips to encourage creative people. Contact me if you have anything you'd like to contribute.
*Read any good books lately?
*In ten years I'd like to be?
*How did you come up with your Etsy Shop Name/s?
I make sculpted bonbons, and invented a tasty, fruity candy that I make edible jewelry from. They are visually beautiful as well as delicious, so I called it " Visualicious" http://www.Visualicious.etsy.com
I may be making some how-to tutorial CDs and downloads for making them, including my secret recipes and all!
*What is the connection between being a Crafter and being a Brat?
practicing for hours reproducing the paintings of the great masters. I was exposed to the art of other cultures, walked in real castles, and saw wondrous old architecture. I'm sure these experiences became a part of my creative expression; engrained in my artistic soul. Never would've happened without my Dad's AirForce military service.
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