Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.
This weeks winner is Regina! Congratulations! You have won a Take Time message stick pendant.
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This week we visit the studio of Melanie Brooks at Earthenwood Studio.
I have had some changes at Earthenwood Studio in the past year. This is not surprising, as a small business owner, especially one in the arts, has to constantly change and evolve. This year has brought a change of sales venue for me, one that has changed to include new types of buyers. I started selling most weekends at a very cool, artsy type of market called Rust Belt Market in the fashionable Metro Detroit city of Ferndale. I found my work to be a good fit, but I also found myself adapting to the more urban and youthful customers who come to my booth to create their own jewelry.
Jewelry and pendants with words on them have always been very popular for me. I wanted to create a new line of jewelry with words that my new customers would like. I became inspired by the urban landscape around me, particularly the textures and colors and style of graffiti on brick walls. I thought this would be the perfect inspiration for my new word pendants. I sell them at the Rust Belt and I also just started a new Etsy shop called Earthen Alternative to showcase them.
Some words speak to us and affirm our beliefs and remind us of the things we treasure. I designed some pendants as amulets to remind us of some of those things. Words like Peace, Home, Love, and Change.
I have also been inspired by words that are sometimes used as insults or are derogatory, but which people are working to reclaim, to give them new meaning (or to take away their negative power by owning them). This has been the main focus of this line of pendants so far. I have chosen to work with some words that have more or an edge to them, words that can shock or unnerve or make you think. I am not including any of "those" words here in today's post, to keep Art Bead Scene family friendly, but if you are curious you can click on over to my new shop to see them.
This week, I have one Graffiti Tag pendant to give away. Leave a comment on this post and next week one random person will be chosen to win. The winner will be able to choose one pendant from the items available in the shop!
To enter to win, tell me about a piece of jewelry that you have or would like that features a favorite word.