Featured Artisan Spotlight: Kelly Tibbetts, BlackDogJewelry
Posted by ArtFireContent on 05/02/2011 at 16:29:44
Please start by telling us a little about yourself and your studio.
I grew up in Central New York and was very creative as a child and teenager. I somehow fell into the world of Corporate Accounting and my creativity was halted for many years. One day it just hit me that I should be designing jewelry so I decided to start looking into the different mediums. I took classes for lapidary, basic wire techniques and PMC. I really love working with wire and PMC. I try to make my creations as unique as possible. I really love my wire dragonflies and Christmas Trees. They are really cute, fun to make and inexpensive. I have many interests and try to incorporate all of them into my jewelry. My studio is named for my rescued Schipperke, Rosa. She is a great inspiration to me, she is so happy all the time and just bounces through life. Life is too short, I want to start bouncing too.
If there’s one thing that defines you, what is it?
I tend to be a little different and like the unusual. If everyone likes blue, I like green. Shopping for clothes is easy, I just go to the rack of unwanted garments and that's where I'll find what I like! I'm very quiet but my mind is always going.
What role does your family play in your art?
They are very supportive. My mother is my biggest fan and all she wears now is Black Dog Jewelry.
Where do you live and what is it like?
I currently live in the seaside community of Vero Beach, Florida. This community is very artsy so I get to see a lot of great inspirational art. The beaches are magnificent and walking them looking for seaglass is high on my list of things to do. I hope to collect enough sea glass soon to start wire wrapping them! It's hard not to have sea-inspired creations when living here; they just go hand in hand.
Where did you learn your medium?
I originally took my first PMC class in Liverpool, NY but now take an open studio type class with Linda Kline (a senior instructor of PMC) at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. I am self taught with wire wrapping.
How did you come to selling online?
I am very shy and really don't like the idea of standing behind a booth at a craft show. I would rather expose my creations to everyone and sell online.
How did you come to find a home on ArtFire?
I originally tried it because it was free to list items; I just wanted to see what would happen. I decided to go Pro when I realized I wanted to make an honest go of this and create a business rather than just a hobby.
What is the best piece of advice you can give other artists?
Keep your mind open to learn new things, not just creating, but the business end as well.