Featured Artist: Betty Round – 3.22.2011


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So it has been a while since we updated the Featured Artist Page here, my apologies. To make it up to you we are posting the very talented Betty Round! Beth and I go way back, she is one of those friends you absolutely cherish. I am so happy to know her, she is always smiling and she inspires me to be creative and joyful. Who wouldn’t want a friend like that?! I am thrilled to post Beth’s wonderful projects along with little bit about her below. I am certain you will love what you see and she will have even more goodies available at the Handmade City Spring show. Thanks for sharing Betty, you rock! ~Rose

Please visit Beth’s Etsy Shop Bettyround, she does take custom orders.

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Tell us a little about yourself. :)

I have always had a love of making things. I enjoy the process of crafting even more than the finished project sometimes. Perhaps that’s why my day job is in the remodeling/construction industry. I am married to my best friend Andy. We have a dachshund named Desmond and now a brand new shiny baby boy named Cormac.

Apart from being creative, what do you do?
I design/layout kitchens and bathrooms. As mentioned before, I love the design process and have been given the gift of being able to envision the final product. Thankfully the good Lord has also empowered me to help translate that vision into something a customer can understand as well. When I am not with my family or at work you can almost always find me thrift shopping. I have a problem.

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Could you tell us about some of your work & your creative process?
What I am “into” changes as often as the seasons. I am recently getting into home furnishings (pillows, window treatments, bizzare knick-knacky items, etc). My process for crafting usually involves sketching and in some cases making templates/patterns. I love it when people contact me to work on something custom. I love taking an old item and giving it another chance by updating it in some way. Yesterday I knit a hat and used the buttons from my grandfather’s fireman’s uniform.

Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere. You can take any item and it’s concept can be applied to any other thing. I truly believe this. My wedding was inspired by a bowl. If you have an item or an image or even a piece of music I can help it evolve into a room design or even a necklace. Better yet- a necklace you can wear in that room…then a blackhole may form.



What handmade possession do you most cherish?

My son Mac.

In ten years, where would you like to be?
Hopefully in our second home because I am running out of space in our current one that I haven’t changed. I am a woman who needs to be surrounded by projects to breathe. I would love to be able to teach Interior Design, perhaps at a highschool.

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Featured Aritsit: Warm Fuzzies – 2.20.2011

Handmade City Featured Artist: Warm Fuzzies 2.20.2011

Nicole Simmering of Warm Fuzzies contacted Handmade City asking about our site and upcoming events. After looking over her mittens I couldn’t help but think they were to perfect thing to feature before the weather got too warm. Nicole has been making Warm Fuzzies for some time, and uses old sweaters with fun prints and patterns to make her designs. She was nice enough to answer a few questions for us about her and her mittens and I hope you like her as much as we think you will. ~Rose

Please “like” the Warm Fuzzies Facebook page HERE. – You’ll find a lot more picstures, and learn how you can get your hand on a pair!

Handmade City Featured Artist: Warm Fuzzies - 2.20.2011


Tell us a little about yourself. :)

My name is Nicole Simmering. I am a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, with a BA in Textiles & Apparel. I have always had a love for fashion and originality. And lately have taken a huge interest in anything handmade! I love seeking out and supporting local artists of all kinds. The little local boutiques are my favorite stores to shop in.

I am a wife and a mother of a 2 year old son, and expecting my second son in a few months! I also have 2 4-legged babies. I love spending time with family and friends, doing anything that can
involve us all.

I started making my mittens as something to do to pass the time while my son is watching countless Disney movie after movie… and I got a little obsessed! I have tons of mittens available for sale
now, you can find the full assortment on Facebook, just search Warm Fuzzies.

Apart from being creative, what do you do?

I like to think that creativity is always a part of my life… one way or another. But I do have a full-time job that’s not so creative, so when I am home, it’s nice to find a way to relax and let some of my pent-up creativity blossom! Making these mittens is a great way to reuse something in a way that might not be thought of

Handmade City Featured Artist: Warm Fuzzies - 2.20.2011

Could you tell us about some of your work & your creative process?I like to find sweaters that are interesting and fun patterns and prints. Then I pair them up with a fun, complimenting lining and yarn. I like to mix patterns with solids and mix different coordinating fabrics together to keep them original and unique. No two are alike.

Where do you find inspiration?
I like big, comfy, soft, pretty, girlie things – so that is what I am trying to create!

Handmade City Featured Artist: Warm Fuzzies - 2.20.2011


What handmade possession do you most cherish?

I like anything that has taken someone time and love to create. There is something so special about a piece that you know is one-of-a- kind and made by someone who makes it just because that is something they enjoy doing.

In ten years, where would you like to be?
Just doing what I am doing… raising my sons to be whatever they want to be, enjoying myself and doing the things that make me happy, spending time with the ones I love and having fun!

Featured Artist: Ann Hartley – 1.17.2011

Handmade City Featured Artist: Ann Hartley – 1.17.2011

I am SO excited to announce the next Featured Artist! Ann Hartley makes beautiful sterling silver & yellow gold jewelry (among other pretty things) in her Moline studio. The craftsmanship she puts into each of her pieces is absolutely amazing. I was blown away by the designs in her Etsy shop and immediately asked her to be a part of Handmade City. I love that Ann has taken handmade silver and made it breathtakingly fresh. Her modern designs are unique but with that classic silver feel. One very cool thing Ann offers in her shop is customizable wedding bands, how sweet is that?! I personally love the textured silver hoops she sells, which apparently have been created using an old, beat-up hammer her husband gave her over 15 years ago. We hope to see more come out of Hartley Studio very soon but in the mean time you can drool over the pics and read a little about Ann in the interview below. ~Rose

Please “like” Ann’s Facebook page HERE
Please visit Ann’s Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/hartleystudio
To learn more about Ann and see her “Ring a Week” progress check out her blog: annhartleystudio.blogspot.com
See pics of her studio & Life outside the studio on her FLICKR

Handmade City Featured Artist: Ann Hartley – 1.17.2011


Tell us a little about yourself. :)

Howdy! My name is Ann Hartley and I love to make stuff!!! I am a metalsmith, knitter, mother, wife and cook, not necessarily in that order. I have a shop on Etsy, Hartleystudio, which I opened in 2008 at the urging of my husband. I have a wonderful husband, two great kids and a kooky dog. We live in Moline and have been here for about 6 years. I have a BFA in printmaking and an MFA in metalsmithing.

Apart from being creative, what do you do?

My dad was a chef and my mom was a home ec teacher, so I grew up in the kitchen. I love to cook! I have kids who are super super-picky eaters, but I’m hoping they will learn to love good food from watching my husband and me try new things. We are really terrible gardeners, but we keep trying and we love to eat the little bits we manage to grow. I also love to knit. I’m not particularly good at it, but it’s so relaxing and it’s a good way for me to work with color.

Handmade City Featured Artist: Ann Hartley – 1.17.2011

Could you tell us about some of your work & your creative process?

I wish I was were a sketcher, someone who worked out every detail on paper before starting in metal. With today’s super high metal prices, it would probably save me a lot of money! I tend to get an idea in my head and I dive right in. Sometimes my customers have incredible ideas and, after I make their custom piece, I add the design to the shop.

I have a studio behind our garage that I love. My husband built it for me when I was at loose ends from the tedium of being an at-home Mom. When I go out there and sit down at my bench, all of the day’s frustrations fade away and I can sit in peace and do my own thing. I tend to make pieces that I would love to wear. I like small, whimsical pieces that are easy to wear all the time, every day. I work primarily with sterling silver sheet and wire, starting with an idea and then working it out in silver. I love colored stones and diamonds but, so far, they haven’t really found a home in my work for Hartleystudio. One of my goals for 2011 is to open a second shop on Etsy with a new line of designs for jewelry with color!

Where do you find inspiration?

This is a hard question because I am so busy all day with my kids and my job at home, when I get out to the studio at night, ideas just pop in my head and I don’t know where they came from. We live in the woods and are avid bird watchers, so I get lots of inspiration from nature. As I said before, I often get ideas from customers, and sometimes from books I read or movies I watch. Sometimes I need a piece to wear because I’m feeling a certain way and need a talisman. I also love looking at mid-century furniture and textiles for inspiration.

Handmade City Featured Artist: Ann Hartley – 1.17.2011


What handmade possession do you most cherish?

My husband made me an incredible box to hold my engagement ring and I will always love it. I also have a book my son drew when he was in kindergarten telling me what a great Mom I am. How can you not love that??? I also cherish all the crafty memories I have with my Mom. We did macramé, needlepoint, sewing, knitting, decoupage (remember that?), you name it, we crafted it! She still has all that stuff squirreled away somewhere, I should dig it out next time I’m home…

In ten years, where would you like to be?
I’d love to be in my studio all day, making jewelry for people all over the world and knitting by the fire at night. I’d love to know my kids are happy and healthy and doing something they love, and I’d love to take a month off every summer with my husband and kids for epic canoe trips!

Featured Artist: Tassy Johnson – 1.3.2011


Photographer Tassy Johnson takes beautiful pictures. We stumbled across her Etsy shop and have fallen in love with her enchanting photos. A mixture between vivid and vintage coloring Tassy manages set a mood with lighting and layout. Even the simplest images of nature become transformed through her lens and leave you wanting to visit the very spot she caught still. We got the chance to ask Tassy a few questions and we’re very happy to be featuring her work on the Handmade City site. Let us know what you think of her photos and make sure to visit her online shops.

Please visit Tassy’s Etsy shop: photographybytassy

To see more of her work visit: www.redbubble.com/people/tassy/portfolio/art

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Tassy Johnson. I adore my three children and have always loved art of every form. I grew up in a small town and was an only child until age 14, when my sister Jenna was adopted, which I believe fed my imagination.

Apart from being creative, what do you do?

I am a photographer part time, and most of my time is spent taking care of my children and spending time with my husband and loved ones. I am very grateful for this life.

 

Could you tell us about some of your work & your creative process?

Sometimes I plan out my shots, and other times I will be somewhere and something pulls at me to take a photograph. I also really enjoy the processing and love to have each photo have it’s own emotion.

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration in new and unusual places as well as in very familiar places.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?

As far as handmade possessions that I cherish: I cherish the jewelry box my sister made for me… and all of the many drawings my children make for me… and the photographs from my childhood. I can’t just pick one thing!


In ten years, where would you like to be?

I would love to continue developing my art… maybe do some traveling… and also to learn how to play the guitar. :)

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