stacked triangle earrings by janelle wisehart
I never used to make etsy treasuries that often, but lately it's become a tiny little obsessive game that is fun and mind numbing (and i mean that in the most positive relaxing way which takes my mind away from other troubles and worries) while also sparking a little creative twinge in the waking morning hours. While I was throwing together the last one I randomly ran across the beautifully presented shop, Lepidoptery by Janelle Wisehart. Janelle not only makes the colorful and graphic jewelry as found in her etsy shop, but is also a talented artist and photographer. Enjoy her work and interview below!
canterbury tales necklace
color angles brooch
-Name, Age, Location, Websites:
Janelle Wisehart, 27, Valdosta, Georgia,
-A few words to describe yourself:
I am an artist. In 2007 I graduated from Valdosta State University with a degree in art. For several years now I have been an avid mixed media painter/drawer. This fall I am planning on attending graduate school for my MFA in studio art. I opened my Esty shop earlier this year in order to help me finance going off to school. After several months of managing my jewelry shop, I have found it to be a lot more than just another job… it’s also fun!
color coding necklace
the sun also rises earrings
-Your day job:
I work for a local photographer and Pier 1 Imports.
-Your vices/guilty pleasures:
My vise is spending money on hot pink paint. I have way too much pink paint. If I see a new shade of pink when I’m in the store, I have to buy it. When I’m painting, my motto is, “when all else fails, throw hot pink on it!”
-Personal philosophy/mantra or wise words to share:
A wise word… When creating new stuff, I never make plans or draw-up designs for new jewelry. Creating spontaneously gives unpredictable results. This is a good thing. I strive for the unique and almost unnatural. If I don’t have the boundaries of a design, then the possibilities are limitless. I can create anything I want. This is also my approach to painting.
the last of the mohicans necklace
triangle dangle earrings
-When/How did you first gain an interest in your art?
The opening of my Etsy shop was my first attempt at jewelry making. I believe I chose paper as a medium because of my interest in origami as a child.
-From what or whom do you draw inspiration from?
I draw inspiration from so many sources. Architecture and interior design are very important. Culture from times past is always something I am thinking about… the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. I derive inspiration from artists like Alexander Calder. His use of geometric shapes within a three-dimensional moving space is amazing.
works by alexander calder
-What sort of person do you imagine being drawn to your work?
Is that something you think of when you create? I really don’t think about who will want what I’m making. I design things that I am attracted to. So I guess that means people like me will be most drawn to my work. I am ok with that. The viewer is always something that needs to be taken into account when making art, as long as you don’t forget to stay true to yourself.
canterbury tales necklace
-What are your biggest challenges with your art/craft?
My biggest challenge is finding the time to make new jewelry and keep up with the rest of the shop. I work two jobs, so finding time to do everything else is a little daunting.
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