Happy Friday! Today we’re talking with Theresa of Faerie Moon Creations. Theresa is a talented artist, sharing her passion through jewelry and mixed media art.
Why are you passionate about jewelry and mixed media art?
I love doing anything creative! I’ve always had a huge interest in the arts since I was a child. I would try just about anything – painting, latch hook, clay, wire art. You name it – I tried it at least once. I always doodled people as a child and loved creating my own little comic strip characters. The human face is fascinating to me – I am especially drawn to the eyes. When I was younger, I only created portraits in pencil. For some reason, I was afraid of color. Now, through mixed media, I embrace it! Mixed media truly provides you with a new way to see art. I love incorporating art papers, tissue papers, rub-ons, stamps, sprays, found objects – you name it – to a piece to add dimension and layers. I primarily focus on faeries and whimsical girls, as those are what appeal to me most. I have always enjoyed wearing jewelry, especially earrings. Whenever I would go to craft shows, or even visit online shops, I would always seek out the most interesting and unusual pair of earrings to purchase. Sometimes I could just never find the right pair! So one day I decided “I want to create jewelry…whimsical and unique jewelry!” I started out really simply, with just glass pendants, ball chains, and digital images. Once I gained a little more confidence, I began to offer more intricate beaded designs. The majority of my creations are one of a kind because I truly want the person who purchases my jewelry to feel special.
What got you started with being creative as a hobby/business?
I have always been making things, as far back as I can remember. There was a local craft store in the town where I grew up, and I was a frequent visitor there. I’ve often given handmade gifts to family and friends – it’s kind of an extension of oneself, I think. I was often encouraged to try and sell my work – but I’m rather shy and didn’t feel comfortable selling at art shows or craft fairs. I had long been an admirer of Etsy, and I figured it would be the perfect venue for me. This August marks the second anniversary of Faerie Moon Creations!
Do you have some favorite things you’ve created?
There is one piece of which I am particularly proud. And I’m really thrilled to say that she is off to her brand new home. Her name is Ella, and she is a butterfly faerie. She is, by far, my most realized piece. I truly put my heart and soul into her. And when she was finished, I nearly cried. She is just so special and personal to me. I seriously thought about keeping her – but I believe that art is meant to be shared with others. So, I parted ways with my Ella. But she is still available in bookmark form.
I’ve been taking a number of online art classes which have really helped me learn to try new techniques with my creations. This is an example of how I’ve been able to add more dimension and depth.
My favorite jewelry creations are those which I create with my husband. He loves to play with hammers, copper and wire. This necklace is one of our many collaborative efforts. It has a true playfulness to it and is a one-of-a-kind piece.
What exciting future plans do you have for your work?
I am working on having my artwork available for sale as prints! Right now, I have art pendant necklaces and bookmarks available, but I am very much looking forward to offering customers another affordable way to enjoy art. Photography is another passion of mine. My favorite subjects are nature and animals. Whenever we go for walks, my camera is always with me. I’ve received many wonderful comments about my photography and would like to start offering some of my prints for sale, as well. The possibilities are so exciting!
Do you have any tips/thoughts you would like to share?
I think that everyone is creative, even if they don’t think so. Each one of us is special and unique, and we all have something wonderful to offer. You just have to give it a try! Maybe you can sing, write, draw, sew, quilt, teach, cook, bake, play an instrument. But if not – it’s never to late to learn. Explore all the possibilities available to you and channel your inner child. The Internet has so many amazing resources available to you. You can taken an online art class, learn a foreign language, learn to knit or sew – without ever having to leave your home. I really like this quote on creativity from Martha Graham “There is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.” This is so true. Never let an opportunity to express yourself in a creative way pass you by. You might just be pleasantly surprised by what you find.
You can connect with Theresa and Faerie Moon Creations on Facebook, Twitter, Etsy and her blog.
Theresa, your passion and dedication to your art inspires me! Thank you for sharing your creativity with the world and I look forward to seeing the prints you create too!