This week, we interviewed Jesse of Nightshade. Let's go!
Tell us a little about the items in your shop. What do you make?
I make jewelry from semiprecious stones, vintage beads, copper, brass, ribbon and any other elements that inspire my imagination.
What is your creative process?
I like to start with a focal element and build around it. I may begin with a color, a texture, a shape or a gemstone, but once I have my foundation in place, I try to take it in an unexpected direction. This has led to rustic antique keys on whisper-light gossamer ribbons; refined moonstone briolettes with distressed copper; and sparkling quartz with dark gunmetal. I try to connect to a fantasy world when designing my pieces, considering what mysterious amulets you would find in a woodland grove, a foggy beach or even a dark alley.
Which Etsy Teams do you belong to?
I’m a proud member of Teambpal!
When you are not creating things, what do you do?
I am a culinary publicist promoting chefs, restaurants and cookbooks. I am also a bellydancer who focuses on American Tribal Style.
Tell us two random, interesting things about you.
Switzerland is my favorite country to visit, and fondue holds a special place in my heart. There is something about being in the mountains listening to the cowbells bouncing around in the air like windchimes that just brings me to happy tears.
I am a native Kentuckian, and I think the beauty of my home state is one of the best kept secrets around. I wish everyone could experience camping in the Red River Gorge or viewing the moonbow at Cumberland Falls at least once.
What has been your proudest moment since opening your Etsy shop?
My first sale…that wasn’t to my mom!
What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
Promote your shop outside of Etsy-start a blog, link to your Twitter and Facebook page-drive traffic to your site to make sales!
What handmade possession do you cherish?
My mother made my wedding dress-a simple cocktail length number inspired by Audrey Hepburn. The silk dupioni has a gorgeous rustic texture.
If you could have any item on Etsy regardless of price, what would it be?
The Under the Apple Tree canopy bed by attiladesign.
What other skill or talent do you wish you could possess, if you had not taken this creative path?
I am amazed by the passion and resiliency of the jockeys who run the horse races that are iconic in Kentucky. They have such a connection to the horses, and their courage out on the track is inspiring. I think it would be amazing to train for that-it’s not just a career, it’s a lifestyle that challenges your fear and determination.
Where else can we find you on the web?
That's all for this time! Have a wonderful autumn weekend and we will return in two weeks!