Featured Artisan Spotlight: Adrienne Carrie, AdrienneAudrey
Posted by ArtFireContent on 05/11/2011 at 15:18:19
Please start by telling us a little about yourself and your studio.
I’m 25 year old Canadian who now lives in Washington state. I moved here a year ago from British Columbia when my husband and I got married. He is a native Washingtonian and we live on his family’s farm in a town called Everson. In my studio I make unique and fun fashion accessories and jewelry. I’m obsessed with nature (especially flowers) and most of my inspiration is drawn from my love of the great outdoors. My style can be defined as girly, romantic, colorful and bold.
If there’s one thing that defines you, what is it?
I don’t think I can be defined by just one thing! However when I asked a few people to try to describe me with one word most said “sweet” and “creative.” My passion in life is my creativity. I love to create beautiful things that make people smile.
What role does your family play in your art?
I’m lucky to have a family that is so supportive. I grew up in a household where creativity and an interest in the arts was valued and encouraged. My mother is a professional fine artist. She creates beautiful award-winning paintings. My father has always had an interest in photography and music. Both my parents always nurtured my artistic tendencies as a child and told me to always follow my heart.
Where do you live and what is it like?
I live on a farm in a rural area of the Pacific Northwest. Country living is new to me (I grew up in the suburbs of southwest British Columbia) but I love it. My husband's family owns a large chunk of land and we all have our own houses on different parts of the property. My mother-in-law raises pygmy goats and my sister-in-law has horses and chickens. My husband and I have three dogs, a cat, a bearded dragon and a ball python. We have plans to start a chicken coop this spring and we would also like to get a pet pot bellied pig.
Where did you learn your medium?
I have been making things my whole life. If I’m not making something then I am thinking about making something or what my next project will be. I am a self-taught artist who likes to learn through trial and error (many, many errors it sometimes seems!). Usually I come up with an idea or concept for a new jewelry piece and then I brainstorm what I am going to make it with and how it is going to come together. Then I play for a while in my craft room until I have it perfected. Unfortunately I have so many ideas and not enough time! There are a ton of half-finished projects sitting in my home studio that I need to get working on.
What are your goals with your ArtFire studio?
My long term career goal in life is to make a living off of my creativity. I would love to be able to work from home, be my own boss and spend my days crafting and creating. I hope that my ArtFire studio will help achieve these goals.
How did you come to selling online?
When I was planning my wedding, I was searching online for jewelry for myself and my bridesmaids. I kept stumbling on beautiful handmade items. I had no idea that so many people were successfully selling handmade goods online. I decided to set up my own shop on Etsy selling my polymer clay flower rings and pendants. My shop has evolved in the past year and now includes a variety of unique and feminine jewelry made from all types of mediums.
How did you come to find a home on ArtFire?
I heard about ArtFire though various Etsy sellers. I decided to open a shop because I am trying to expand my business and as far as I’m concerned the more places I can showcase my work online the better. Although I have only been here a short time I am really impressed with the way this site is run. There are so many tools and features to help support sellers. I am really excited to be here and I’m looking forward to a long and successful relationship with ArtFire.
What is the best piece of advice you can give other artists?