For today’s blog feature I will be interviewing Mary from Desert Raven Art. Mary is one of my ‘dog blogging friends’ – yes that’s right – and when she is not blogging about her two furry friends, she is blogging about her passion for Native American culture and traditional and contemporary beadwork. So let’s get to it!Q. Tell us about the name of your shop and what it means.
A. Desert Raven Art is the name of my shop. The name encompasses two great loves of mine, the red rock desert and ravens. I love to listen to the stories that the ravens tell as they are gliding among the high desert walls, or a pine covered forest.
Q. When it comes to jewelry, what is your style and where do you find your inspiration for creating your pieces?
A. I would say my style is a mix of traditional and contemporary beadwork. I find a lot of inspiration from Native American designs that I see in museums, and I also like to create my own designs based on patterns or colors that are pleasing to me. I love to find a one of a kind stone, shell, or piece of bronze and work with the patterns or colors that are in that particular piece. Everything is unique that way, and that’s what I like to create.
Q. What is your best selling product – or what is your favorite thing to make.
A. My best selling product has got to be the simpler beaded bracelets, and Roxy Doggie necklaces I make. People love the idea of a bracelet for them, and a matching dog necklace for the pooch. My favorite thing to make is the beaded leather cuffs. I love doing beadwork, and I love the idea of creating something special around a great center piece.
Q. Where do you sell your items, and how much time and effort goes into managing your online shop?
A. I sell on Etsy, and I have pieces on my website too. This past summer we did art shows, and that worked out great. My online shop takes more time than I would like. I find myself doing mass updates in a day, rather than small stuff here and there.
Q. Do you have any advice to people who want to start selling their art work?
A. Selling your art work is like putting your heart on the line. You put everything you have into pieces that you think are awesome, with the hope that others will think so too. Be prepared for the highs and the lows of selling. Find great places to sell your work. Nothing beats a great store that sells your art for you. Art shows are nice because you can talk to people about your pieces. Be consistent, find a style that is yours, and don’t give up.
Thanks Mary for taking the time to chat with us, your pieces are absolutely beautiful! Make sure to visit her blog as she is currently having an end of summer sale and will also doing a giveaway. You can visit her and view her other pretty pieces at the following sites -
Desert Raven Art blog http://www.desertravenart.com/
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DesertRavenArtAlHoneSculpture