Leave me a comment on what inspires you, and I will share with everyone that you were the source of inspiration for the photo's in the post.
Gustave Klimt (1862 - 1918)
His works include paintings, murals, sketches, and other art objects, many of which are on display in the Vienna Secession gallery. Klimt's primary subject was the female body, apparent in his numerous drawings in pencil.
Klimt began his professional career painting interior murals and ceilings in large public buildings. The tragic death of his brother and father affected his artistic vision, and soon he would veer toward a new personal style.
Beginning in the late 1890s he took annual summer holidays to the shores of Attersee and painted many of his landscapes there. These works constitute the only genre aside from the figure that seriously interested Klimt.
As he worked and relaxed in his home, Klimt normally wore sandals and a long robe with no undergarments. His simple life was somewhat cloistered, and devoted to his art and family.
In 2006, the 1907 portrait, Adele Bloch-Bauer I, was purchased for the Neue Galerie in New York by Ronald Lauder for a reported US $135 million, the highest reported price ever paid for a painting.
It was my one year Etsy Anniversary on Tuesday and I want to thank everyone who checked out my shop and wished me a Happy Etsy Anniversary!
Because of my anniversary this past week I had a one day sale that required changing all my prices and changing them back, making for a busy couple of days. When that sale was done I put several item were on sale, so right now there is a large selection of pieces at 15% off.
I Also completed a large wholesale order this week, packed up, and shipped out. I am glad to have that off my plate, and very excited about having a new account.
Over at 1000 Market, I changed my header, and put my items in to categories for easy searching. They have done wonderful new things at the 1000 Market site, its worth a look.
In the coming weeks I am going to be building my inventory for shows I have coming up, and for the holidays. You can check out new items I will be adding to my Etsy shop all week.
I wish everyone a good selling week!
Raimond LED Lamp - Spring Globe's photostream
Reflective Lamp - Octal Khan's photostream
I have learned a lot this past year. I have changed my photo's, my policy page, my profile, even my blog. I have developed many new techniques for the hardware and my designs, and I have more new ideas coming soon.
I am looking forward to another year of discovering new ideas for creating, marketing, and running my business better. Join me for the journey! Visit my blog everyday to be inspired, grow creatively, and learn something new.
An artist that has inspired me in many ways from the materials used, the use of color, and his innovative shapes, is Alexander Calder. My first artist for the Artist to Know series.
Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976)
He was famous for developing the mobile as a three-dimensional kinetic art form. In addition to Mobile's he did sculptures, paintings, lithographs, toys, and jewelry. He is one of the most acclaimed and influential sculptor of our time.
He was born in Lawnton Pennsylvania.
In 1915 he went to Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ to study mechanical engineering.
When he decided he wanted to be an artists he went to the Art Student League in New York City to study art.Calder's work elegantly combines elements of Abstraction, Surrealism and Constructivism. His first public commission for mobiles was in 1937 for the Berkshire Museum. He has permanent pieces including mobiles and sculptures all over the world. His pieces can be found in museums, city public buildings, the JFK Airport, and he also had a piece that was in the World Trade Center North Tower that was destroyed 9/11/2001.
All the images are from the Calder Foundation Website
Could you wear the same dress for a year?
Well, I just found a cool website called The Uniform Project 1 Dress 365 Days. Its an exercise in sustainable fashion, and a year long fundraiser for Akanksha Foundation a grassroots movement that is revolutionizing education in India.
Each day the creator of this project reinvents the dress she had designed with layers, accessories and all kinds of accouterments, the majority of which are vintage, hand-made, or hand-me-down goodies. Each outfit is so unique most of the time you can't tell it's the same dress. Here is one of my favorites.
The hats and plumes, the dickeys and drapes, the shoes and slips, the belts and brooches – much of what see are from eBay and Etsy, backed by visits to the many local vintage boutiques, thrift stores and flea markets in New York. She is also taking donations for accessories, read all about it here.
She has done amazing things with one dress you can check out all her looks daily or monthly.
Visit the blog for more information about the project.
Some regular features:
Ideas for a Creative Business
Photo’s to Inspire – Inspiring photos from Flicker
Artist to know – past and present, including artist interviews
Awaken your Creativity – journal prompts and creativity projects
Explore – featuring fun DIY projects, recipes, and fun things to do with family and friends
Shared Inspiration – a post with comments and ideas you share with me
Shop News – info on what’s happening in my shops, new items, sales, and special deals
Creative Happenings – a roundup of blogs, websites, books, magazines, and other creative places to visit
This is a sampling of what you have to look forward to on the new Additions Style Blog. Bookmark this page, follow this blog, it’s time to let our creative spirit soar!
Have any ideas you want to share? Want to be a guest writer? Please contact me!
It's not about getting sales (but sometimes you do), or to get information, but about helping each other accomplish your goals.
There are so my groups you can join in your town or even online. Check out joining a Etsy team, or a parents group, these are great places to network. Want more information I did a blog post about networking with a local group check it out here.
Things to remember when you want to develop a networking relationship:
Pick strong partners - someone with the same ideas or similar goals
Make a list of all the places you can network. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Online forums, chatrooms, and of course the Etsy Community
Workshops & Conferences
Start your own
Remember to always have a plan, of what you want to accomplish when you go to a meeting, an idea of who you would like to meet, and ideas of how you can help other members.
Networking can be fun and easy, sometimes the hardest part is just getting started.
Have you thought about that question? I have and it's the new focus of my blog.
I started this blog at the beginning of this year with no real clear direction. I knew I wanted to share my experiences of running my online shops so the people who read my blog had the opportunity to learn along with me. I have learned a lot in these last 8 months, I have read more and I have shared information.
In the process of doing my blog I lost some of my creativity. So lately I have been reading and researching creativity and inspiration, and in the process found the new focus for my blog.
A daily dialog of inspiration, creativity, business, and style. Our opportunity to motivate each other on a personal journey of creative discoveries.
I want to hear from you! E-mail me your thoughts, suggestions, questions, and photo’s you would also like to share, as often as you want. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org This blog is about all of us sharing and growing as artist and as business owners.
I will share more specific ideas about the kind of features and daily inspiration you can look forward too, later in the week. I am looking forward to sharing this new content, and hope you get as much from it as I do.
I believe we can learn and be inspired from each other and I want this blog to be a place where that can happen.
Leave me a comment, let me know what you think.
Well they have recently redone the site and it looks great!
It has inspired me to update my shop as well. Now when you go to my page you can check out my collections to find things quickly. I also have all my new piece on the first page.
Take a look at my new format by clicking on the box below.
One of the best features of this site are the markets. I currently belong to six markets and each has their own focus and are filled with wonderful artists.
Handmade Haven - The Amazing Place to Buy Handmade
Jewelry Artisans' Marketplace - Unique Styles From Classic to Exotic
Metalcraft - The Finest Handcrafted Metal
Windy City - Chicago's Finest Artisans
Try Handmade Market - Art to enrich your life
I am very excited about this market, it has take a long time to get going but it is a great place to find handcrafted items just for men.
So, check out all the amazing shops on 1000 Markets, and if you are an artists, consider opeing a shop and becoming part of a great community.
Thanks Kelly for the feature!
Here are a few books I have checked out lately and really enjoyed.
Share a couple of books that you have found inspiring, I always love a new book.
This week has been beautiful outside, sunny and pleasant. I have brought my laptop upstairs opened up my french doors and been working in the dining room (luckily its a room we don't use very often). It has been great. I can see the birds, hear them chirping, and just enjoy the outside while I work. Here is my view.
These last few days have made me realise that sometimes you need a change of scenery to get your creative juices flowing. Since I have been upstairs I have come up with new designs, marketing, and blog ideas. I feel rejuvenated to back downstairs and get started on some new projects.
Give it a try work someplace new, and see how your creativity gets a boost.
Why do we complain about waiting?
We all want our business to grow at the speed of light and to make more money than we can spend. Sometimes we have to step back, look at what we have, and figure out what we need, to get where we want, by ourselves.
We don't need to be on the front page of Etsy, or featured on a blog, or even magazine or TV coverage. All we need is a positive attitude that we will get there, and amazingly things will start to happen.
I read a great post on BlogHer called Are You Waiting for Someone to Save You? Take a few minutes to check it out. Also make sure you check out the comments, they are full of interesting stories and ideas.
I also have to work at staying positive, but it's a quality we need to practice everyday for growing a thriving and successful business.