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Cupie Carnival Master @ MoonFairesWorld
My hippy parents almost named me Moonbeam.
My name is Lisa Kettell, you might recognize me as the face behind the Lisa Kettell Designs
and Sports Cuff World brands. What you might not know is how I got started and the journey I have traveled down.
I have been creating ever since I could hold a crayon, around 2 or 3 years old. The day I was born, my Aunt Noel gifted me with a copy of Alice in Wonderland and my hippy parents almost named me Moonbeam. That began my journey in this world, not realizing it, Alice in Wonderland would be my favorite book and the moon my favorite iconic character, both now contribute to my imagination.
Lisa in her Studio @MoonFairesWorld
I have been creating ever since I could hold a crayon.
As I continued to grow, I became introduced to other forms of arts & crafts with my first kit being a burlap art kit filled with all the crafting essentials a kid could create with. I made a ton of crafts for my mom out of this kit, which I still have and recently met the creator, Phyllis Brody at the Toy Show in NYC.
As a child I taught myself how to sew, make jewelry and paint, by age 9, I was weaving friendship bracelets, making quilts and creating full story books driving inspiration from Lisa Frank and Mary Engelbreit. While unicorns, mermaids, fairies, and Indiana Jones lead me on many exploring adventures around my neighborhood.
All I had was my art to heal me.
Magic in Progress @ MoonFairesWorld
By the time I entered college I wanted to become an archaeologist or artifact analyst for the FBI until a life threatening car accident in 1999 caused me to be bed ridden. I underwent four surgeries and lots of physical therapy. During this dark time, all I had was my art to heal me. I started buying books to learn more technique, and utilized the web. These were the days before the social media boom, no Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or online selling sites. Blogs were still new and eBay was the hottest trend.
I eventually finished my MBA and decided to publish my children’s book: Star in the Milky Way Café.
Realizing I’d never be an archaeologist or work for the FBI, I landed in finance. Working a 9-5 corporate job and doing art shows on the weekends or at night. Listing tons of art on eBay with my auctions sometimes ending at $400 for a small art card, this success led me to start a blog, and online groups. I eventually finished my MBA and decided to publish my children’s book: Star in the Milky Way Café
In 2004 I started printing my arts/crafts print zine: The Faerie Zine
and Piddlestixs which showcased underground artists, up comers and veterans. It helped me to express myself and show my work as well, while paving the way for many artists who are now at the peak of their careers. The publications give artist accolades and the proud feeling of being published is still thriving today.
Altered Art Circus by Lisa Kettell
After my book Altered Art Circus
by Quarry Books was published, I had a surge in teaching and workshop instruction with tons of shows and events which I was able to connect with my online friends and fans in person and let them see the real Lisa Kettell.
During this time I produced my sports cuff line made from real sports balls, branded Lisa Kettell Designs, produced my own product line, got published in over 100 publications, taught workshops, became a museum instructor and started working with numerous manufactures in the craft and hobby industry.
I’m always working.
Sports Cuffs @ MoonFairesWorld
For me my art is always evolving. I guess you could label me as a mixed media designer and social media guru because I enjoy working in every medium and every media forum. I am always working, even when I’m exploring with my camera or treasure hunting at a thrift sale, because these experiences ultimately inspire my new works and help me evolve.
The biggest challenge is getting people to believe in my risks, to see what I see.
The biggest challenge is getting people to believe in my risks, to see what I see. I envision a world which others might not see. It’s making these people believe in you, to take the risk with you. I have so many ideas that I get frustrated when I can’t get them out of my head and make a finished piece. I think that is the same for many artists who thrive on imagination.
Lisa Kettell’s former shop, Piddlestix
I’ve conquered many challenges since being a full time artist such as a consistent money stream and the closing of my store, Piddlestixs, 1.5 yrs ago. It’s so hard to close the door on something you put your heart and soul into, but exciting to open all the new doors waiting for you to discover. I’m now in that next discovery part of my life, which road do I take next, who can I inspire and reach, what’s the next part of my story? I’ve faced these challenges with faith and resilience, by believing in myself, no matter what.
I had been with other online listing sites but never felt like I had a voice as an artist, with ArtFire I do.
When ArtFire reached out to me for this article, I was once again renewed. I have been with them for a long time. I had been with other online listing sites but never felt like I had a voice as an artist. With ArtFire I do, I can be as creative as I want and I’m encouraged to shine and grow here like a family. The fees are amazing and allow me to keep my prices reasonable so everyone can have a part of me.
Side Show Follies @ MoonFairesWorld
Thank you so much for reading my article, I hope it inspired you to never give up and to fight for your success. Failure builds your character and builds your foundation.