Hey guys! It's time for Friday's Featured Artist again! This time I'd like to introduce you to a team mate of mine from the Etsy Bead Weavers. She contacted me about featuring me (thanks!) so I jumped at the opportunity to interview her in return. I'm so glad I did! I learned a lot about her, including that I need to stop complaining about not having enough space in my one bedroom apartment, I don't know how this woman does it, but you'll have to read on to find out what I mean! Click on any of the pictures to be taken to the listings!
1. What type of art work do you do?
I make jewelry from beads, shells, semi-precious stones,and Swarvoski crystals. I have also dabbled a little into wire wrapped jewelry.
2. How did you get started doing art work?
While I was working in Vancouver, BC I started making stretch bracelets for family and friends as presents. Last August my husband and I sailed our sailboat Angelique of Vancouver to La Paz, Mexico and I met a lady on Cetacian who had been beading for 25 years and she made amazing jewelry. She was my inspiration and taught me my first woven stitch the double helix. I was hooked and since learned a number of other weaves from the internet, books and looking at other artists work. I have only been bead weaving for the past 6 months since we got back with our boat to Vancouver.
3. Do you do any other crafts?
I cross stitch, knit and crochet, all these can be done in a small space as I live on my sailboat Angelique of Vancouver. Currently docked at Heather Civic Marina in False Creek, Vancouver BC.
4. Is there a story behind your shop name?
Yes, Angelque Creations is a hybrid of our boat name Angelique of Vancouver. My husband was setting up our cruising email address and misspelled the name hence we became Angelque for all our communications while away on our 10 month cruise. When I was looking for a name for the shop is was just natural that I use the hybrid boat name Angelque because I was inspired to create jewelry while in the Sea of Cortez.
My favorite piece currently in my shop is Sunlight Reflected (Raw) bracelet. I miss the warmth and sunshine from the Sea of Cortez. All my new friends that I met while on our trip have returned and are now heading further south. I wish that I was still with them, but circumstances changed for us and my husband Mike needed to go back to work.
6. Where do you sell your work?
I have an on line shop http://www.angelquecreations.etsy.com. and a web site http://www.angelquecreations.ca, and blogspot http://www.angelquecreation.blogspot.com. I have also set up at the Abbotsford Farmers Market in Abbbotsford, BC, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia Institute of Technology. I will be at the Make It Vancouver show Nov 20-22 at the Croation Cultural Center, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver.
7. Do you blog?
and twitter http://twitter.com/angelquecreatio
8. Are you on any social networks you'd like to share?
I am part of Etsy and the Etsy
Beadweavers Street Team as well as FFEST. I follow an number of blogs from artist of both these groups.
9. Do you watch or listen to anything while you work?
If so, what? JR FM9370, I am a country music fan.
10. Tell us one random fact about your self *wink*.
Mike and I have lived on our 34 foot sailboat for 16 years in about 200 square feet of space. You can guess it we are very good friends. Visit http://www.angelque.ca for details about our sailing adventure to Mexico and the Sea of Cortez.