This week, we interviewed Jen of Parrish Relics. Let's go!
Tell us a little about the items in your shop. What do you make?
One of a kind jewelry made up of Stained Glass in Architectural & symbolic designs & found images held within hand sculpted shrine like clay frames. Bracelets, earrings and Crowns join the necklaces...I feel like I can never make enough to fulfill my inspirations and fill my shop!
What is your creative process?
Gothic Architecture, Pre-Raphaelite painters, Victorian Illustrators, Medieval religious Art and Nature inspires me to no end. Constantly sketching in a little book I carry around to movies and museums, or ideas that come from daydreaming.
In my studio I begin with either a piece of Stained Glass or a tiny found image of a work of art that I admire, cut and grind the glass, then sculpt a frame out of clay that highlights the beauty and shape of the glass or painting. After baking, I paint each piece with up to four different metallic finishes, as I prefer an aged, weathered patina. Then I choose beads or a chain to finish off the design, some of them seem to make themselves as I get deeply lost in the process.
Which Etsy Teams do you belong to?
TeamBPAL, Folk Reveries & Cabinet of Curiosities
When you are not creating things, what do you do?
On the homefront~ walking in the woods with my husband and new puppy, entertaining our three cats, decorating our purple Victorian. We go out to as many concerts as we can, music is a huge passion. Visiting museums, restaurants, historic homes...Boston is so rich in Architecture and experiences, and making time to see friends is very important when you work
Tell us two random, interesting things about you.
I am obsessed with moss.
Had a necklace in Cher's short lived Sanctuary catalog.
What has been your proudest moment since opening your Etsy shop?
Having so many returning collectors, there really isn't anything better than that or more of a compliment.
What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
Create what is in your heart, be original, be yourself. Keep learning new photography techniques, don't lose hope.
What handmade possession do you cherish?
A quilt my mother made for me, many beautiful costumes and bags from fellow Etsy artist and good friend medievalmuse (http://www.medievalmuse/etsy.com), also very lucky to have art & photography from many talented folks in my home including an original drawing from Daniel Martin Diaz and work from fellow Etsy members LizzieSiddal, pascal4aqua, babastudioPrague, mysterycottage, wildmuse, kerrykate, and a tiny white owl that lives at the top of my attic studio stairs by VintagebyCrystal. I am constantly in awe of the creativity and original work that is out there.
If you could have any item on Etsy regardless of price, what would it be?
This beautiful Stained Glass Fox!
I would also love to commission Tina Imel to paint a family portrait, including our three cats and dog of course!
What other skill or talent do you wish you could possess, if you had not taken this creative path?
Animal rehab, I would love to be able to have a sanctuary in the woods somewhere for orphaned or injured creatures.
Where else can we find you on the web?
Main Website: parrishrelics.com
My new line of wedding/special occasion jewelry on Etsy, regular updates
coming back in the Spring: LyraParrish.etsy.com
That's all for this time! Thank you for reading, and Happy New Year!