3.01.2010

Featured Artist and GIVEAWAY :: noblegnome

 

I'm so thrilled to introduce you to my next featured artist, Anna of Noble Gnome, another extraordinary painter, jewelry designer, and mom!  I bet you're already familiar with her work.  It hasn't even been a year since she opened her jewelry shop and already, she has had incredible success with it!  And it's no wonder she found such great success, her jewelry designs are so vibrant and unique.  I'm still in awe that she has accomplished so much already, which is a real testament to how much of a natural talent she is.

Thank you so much for sharing your work with us, Anna!

.......................... the interview .........................

A random fun fact about yourself:
I have hiccups a lot and the only thing that helps (trust me, I’ve tried everything) is my husband telling me he will give me a million bucks If I hiccup again. It never fails although I know he‘s lying through his teeth and I don‘t give a hoot about money. Yes I’m blond!

The first 3 random words that pop into your mind:

Licorice, books, clouds

What's your favorite read of all time?
When I was a kid, my brother and I would take turns reading the Lord of the Rings and it is still my favorite. 


Any guilty pleasures?

Don’t feel guilt at all about any pleasures.

If you could be any place in the world right now, where would it be?
Kare Kare beach in New Zealand. My family and I lived close to it when I was a teenager and it is still the place I go to in my head when I need a relaxing moment. It’s a place of unspoiled beauty, deadly cliffs and the greenest ocean I have ever seen.

(Ok, now onto business)
How would you describe your work?
Earthy, eclectic and rustic.

How long have you been at it?
I feared this question as some may not take me seriously after reading it but I started making jewelry the day before I opened my shop in March 2009. I was frustrated with not finding what I liked for a price I could afford. That said, I believe original designs and hard work deserve a high price, I just wasn’t in a position to acquire it and I know there are many more out there like me. I have always worked with my hands, creating art, fixing things, improvising. This was merely another avenue for an over stimulated mind!

So for you, is it an innate talent or practice makes perfect?
Not really sure. I am a firm believer in “you can do anything you set your mind to” but although it has taken A LOT of practice and wasted wire, jewelry making feels right, just like painting feels right and no matter what it is, I am sticking to it.

From where/how do you find inspiration?
Growing up I was blessed with two parents who cherished nature, knowledge and folk tales. That is still a huge part of me.

My father, an incredible force of inspiration in my life passed away almost three years ago from brain cancer. He was one of the most respected specialists on brain research and learning in my native Sweden. I’m safe to say, he would find the irony in this. When I was a child and young teenager, he would tell tales of Mythology, forgotten people and those that never were. To this day, those stories are a great part of me and I guess they are very dear to me in part because of him and most of my jewelry start out with one of those stories in mind. Also, a healthy dose of world travel/living does work wonder for creativity.

What was your most memorable creative experience?
When my husband had brought home a vintage block of worn steel, bought me the perfect hammer and told me to have fun! That’s when I realized I could break free from the standard machine made ear wires. How liberating.

Any memorable low points that you've learned from?
The low points are really only an opportunity to make it better. I’ve had many but try to focus on making new designs when sales are slow.

Was there a moment when you realized that you'd achieved success?
Every time a customer takes the time to send me an e-mail or give me positive feedback is mind boggling to me. It is such a treat and it keeps me motivated but I think the moment you think of it as success it takes away from that appreciative feeling. Sales don’t mean a thing unless the customer loves what they are wearing.

Any advice for those having a bad case of artist woes?
Stay true to what you feel in your heart. If you truly feel good about the quality work you are making it is worth your time to create, present and promote but you must do all these things if you really want to sell your work. I started out as a vfine artist on Etsy, selling oil paintings, but not knowing any better I had this idea in my head that if people liked it they would find it. For the first half hour after listing the item this was true but you have to believe in your items enough to find ways to promote them, to tell the world where they are.

When not hard at work on your designs, what would we most likely find you doing?
Playing with my two little kids. They are 1 and 3, taking up every minute of the day. They are my priority during the day. I want them to grow up the way I did, experiencing the world, not watching it on TV. We spend plenty of time outside and reading books. In a few years in an ideal world, oil painting will again be a great part of my life. Sigh…

In a parallel universe where you are not an amazing artist, what would you be?
Ha, you had to ask. Probably working with wildlife in some form. The kiddos would love that!

What are some of your favorite etsy shops?
This could be a very long list but here are a few:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/comedaygoday
http://www.etsy.com/shop/KatHannah
http://www.etsy.com/shop/PegandAwl
http://www.etsy.com/shop/moonovermaize
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Ureshii

What's at the top of your etsy wish list?
Any of her originals but I love this:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33363471




And, as a fun tribute to my inner psychologist, what might this be?  
My dog Bullseye was born with a big dot on his forehead. His markings have changed a little and it is not quite as prominent anymore. We’ve had him since day one and I always think of him whenever I see a circle!








.......................... end interview .........................

And now for the GIVEAWAY!!!  
(winner selected on Monday, March 8th)

Anna is graciously giving away these stunning Solaris earrings to one lucky winner!


Here's how to enter:
Visit her shop and leave a comment about what you would like to see more of.
* you must include your contact info (email, blog, or etsy shop) so I can reach you if you win


Possible Bonus Entries:
Leave a separate comment for each entry please.


1) follow Anna on twitter: @noblegnome
2) follow me on twitter: @eNVeDesigns
3) tweet about the giveaway (include @eNVeDesigns and a link to this post for validation)
4) fan Noble Gnome on facebook
5) fan eNVe Designs on Facebook
6) follow Anna's blog: http://www.noblegnome.blogspot.com
7) follow my blog (sorry, I can't validate anonymous followers)

You have one week to enter.  The lucky winner will be selected at random next Monday, March 8th so get your entries in before then.  Good luck! :)



73 comments:

PoleStar Jewelry - Handcrafted said...

I have done all of the below :D

I honestly can't say what I want to see more of, I love all of her colorful and unique designs.



1) follow Anna on twitter: @noblegnome
2) follow me on twitter: @eNVeDesigns
3) tweet about the giveaway (include @eNVeDesigns and a link to this post for validation)
4) fan Noble Gnome on facebook
5) fan eNVe Designs on Facebook
6) follow Anna's blog: http://www.noblegnome.blogspot.com

Melinda said...

I like a number of the pieces in Anna's shop but the ones that appeal to me most are the Rings on the Water and Solaris earrings. I like the style of these and think any color bead would be nice.

Monica said...

What a wonderful feature and awesome giveaway!

I find each of her pieces has depth, emotion, beauty and passion and I am always excited to see her new items. I just want to see more of the same...her heart and soul speaking through her jewelry and paintings.

Thanks for the mention, Anna!

Monica said...

I follow you on twitter :)

Monica said...

I follow Anna on Twitter...

Monica said...

I'm a fan of Noble Gnome on FB....

Monica said...

I'm a fan of eNVe Designs on FB..

Monica said...

I follow Anna's blog...

Monica said...

I follow your blog...

Monica said...

I tweeted about the giveaway...
http://twitter.com/moonovermaize/status/9838000168

Lori's Glassworks said...

I Love your work Anna! I wouldn't change a thing. I would like to see more of your Etsy treasuries, they are beautiful.

I've completed the following:

1) follow Anna on twitter: @noblegnome
2) follow me on twitter: @eNVeDesigns
3) tweet about the giveaway (include @eNVeDesigns and a link to this post for validation)
4) fan Noble Gnome on facebook
5) fan eNVe Designs on Facebook
6) follow Anna's blog: http://www.noblegnome.blogspot.com

lorisglassworks.etsy.com
lorisglassworks.twittter.com

Patricia said...

my fave color is the oil slick mystic but the design of "end of the universe"

Katie said...

I follow Ana on Twitter and love her Etsy shop! The hand hammered rock candy earrings are my favorite. I'd love to see more hammered stones.

JewelryBySolange said...

First of all, Wonderful job on the feature write up! I love Anna's use of color on all her creations. Im a huge fan of labradorite and turquoise, so I would love to see more pieces using these stones!

JewelrybySolange@aol.com
http://JewelrybySolange.blogspot.com/
JewelrybySolange.etsy.com or BeadieandThings.etsy.com

JewelryBySolange said...

I follow Anna on twitter from http://twitter.com/JewelsbySolange

JewelrybySolange@aol.com
http://JewelrybySolange.blogspot.com/
JewelrybySolange.etsy.com or BeadieandThings.etsy.com

JewelryBySolange said...

following you on twitter from http://twitter.com/JewelsbySolange

JewelrybySolange@aol.com
http://JewelrybySolange.blogspot.com/
JewelrybySolange.etsy.com or BeadieandThings.etsy.com

JewelryBySolange said...

I am following Anna's blog from http://JewelrybySolange.blogspot.com/

JewelrybySolange@aol.com
JewelrybySolange.etsy.com or BeadieandThings.etsy.com

JewelryBySolange said...

I am a fan of enve designs on facebook from Solange L.

JewelrybySolange@aol.com
http://JewelrybySolange.blogspot.com/
JewelrybySolange.etsy.com or BeadieandThings.etsy.com

JewelryBySolange said...

I am a fan of Noble Gnome on Facebook from Solange L.


JewelrybySolange@aol.com
http://JewelrybySolange.blogspot.com/
JewelrybySolange.etsy.com or BeadieandThings.etsy.com

NimiJewelry said...

It is impossible to pick a favorite! All of Anna's creations are totally breathtaking and awe inspiring. She has a great eye and each of her pieces is unique and absolutely gorgeous! Any time I think I found a favorite, another piece catches my eye and sucks me in.

NimiJewelry said...

I follow Anna on twitter.

NimiJewelry said...

I follow Ngan on twitter.

NimiJewelry said...

I'm a fan of Noble Gnome on Facebook.

NimiJewelry said...

I'm a fan of eNVe Designs on Facebook.

NimiJewelry said...

I follow Ngan's blog.

JewelryBySolange said...

I am following your blog too from http://JewelrbySolange.blogspot.com/

JewelrybySolange@aol.com
JewelrybySolange.etsy.com or BeadieandThings.etsy.com

NimiJewelry said...

I follow Anna's blog.

NimiJewelry said...

tweeted!

Rockstar Mommy said...

I love it all! :) But I would say my favorite is the Heaven and Earth necklace.

Rockstar Mommy said...

I'm following Anna on Twitter. (@1rockstarmommy)

Rockstar Mommy said...

I follow you on Twitter! (@1rockstarmommy)

Rockstar Mommy said...

I tweeted! (@1rockstarmommy)

Rockstar Mommy said...

I became a fan of Noble Gnome on Facebook.

Rockstar Mommy said...

I'm a fan of eNVe Designs on Facebook.

Rockstar Mommy said...

I'm following Anna's blog in Google Reader.

Rockstar Mommy said...

I follow your blog in Google Reader.

Victoria Webb said...

I love all of Anna's pieces, but some of my favorites are her earrings; Terra and Shaken not stirred.

Not only is her artisan jewelry beautiful, her titles are inspired!

Veggiecrocker said...

I would love to see more wrapped wire jewelry. It's so earthy and elegant.

Veggiecrocker said...

I am a follower of both sites on FB and twitter. Also, I followed this blog.

Deepa said...

I spotted the lovely Flight Pattern birdy earrings a while ago and I LOVE them! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_2&listing_id=40880924&ga_search_query=bird&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_7149846

I already :
1) follow Anna on twitter: @noblegnome
2) follow me on twitter: @eNVeDesigns

and I have
3) tweet about the giveaway (include @eNVeDesigns and a link to this post for validation)
4) fan Noble Gnome on facebook
5) fan eNVe Designs on Facebook
6) follow Anna's blog: http://www.noblegnome.blogspot.com

you can contact me via my etsy shop
www.lazygiraffe.etsy.com

CrowNology said...

I love the raw stones of the rock candy earrings. So that is what I'd like to see. More raw stones!
Great interview!
:)
Andrea
www.CrowNology.blogspot.com

3 squares said...

I love everything, but the Solaris earrings and these too: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=41422479

Thanks!
3squares@live.com

3 squares said...

I follow Anna on twitter :)

3squares@live.com

3 squares said...

I follow eNVeDesigns on twitter!

3squares@live.com

3 squares said...

I tweeted!

3squares@live.com

3 squares said...

I'm a fan of Noble Gnome on FB.

3squares@live.com

3 squares said...

I'm a fan of eNVe Designs on FB.

3squares@live.com

3 squares said...

I follow Anna's blog :)

3squares@live.com

Ginny Huber said...

I follow Ann's blog

Ginny Huber said...

I follow your blog

Ginny Huber said...

I love the Solaris earrings; and, think Anna has an amazing variety ..but to pick another : heaven and earth..a pendant.

ginny@ginnyhuber.com

jen said...

Such beautiful pieces it's hard to stop looking at her shop.

I love the dark and mysterious look to the pieces with the oxidized sterling and the rich jewel tone stones. Such lovely juxtaposition.

Now I must go and do my stalker routine so I can get as many chances to win as possible ;)

jen said...

I am now following the noblegnome :D

jen said...

I already follow you! :D

jen said...

Tweeted :)
http://twitter.com/myjenaissance/statuses/9921814068

jen said...

Fanned Noble Gnome on FB

jen said...

Already a fan of you N!

jen said...

Following the Noble Gnome's blog too.

sick of me yet? :o)

LOVE ART WORKS by KRISTIN LOVE said...

WOW!!
Great Feature....Loved all the questions and getting to "know" Anna a bit better. What natural talent and would LOVE to see the paintings!

I adore everything in her Shop but if I have to venture forth about seeing more of a certain "style" it would be the "Raw" gemstones. I love the rustic/organic uniqueness of raw gemstones with the blackened/oxidized silver and such....just gorgeous.

Thanks Ngan and Anna!
xoxo
:) Kristin

LOVE ART WORKS by KRISTIN LOVE said...

I follow Anna on twitter: @noblegnome

LOVE ART WORKS by KRISTIN LOVE said...

I follow you on twitter: @eNVeDesigns

LOVE ART WORKS by KRISTIN LOVE said...

I "fanned" Noble Gnome on facebook

LOVE ART WORKS by KRISTIN LOVE said...

I "fanned" eNVe Designs on Facebook

LOVE ART WORKS by KRISTIN LOVE said...

I follow Anna's blog: http://www.noblegnome.blogspot.com

LOVE ART WORKS by KRISTIN LOVE said...

AND i follow this Blog....YAY!!!
:)

karuski said...

Lovely feature, beautiful work! I own one pair of her earrings, love them to the pieces! Anything with vintage beads is close to my heart.

karuski said...

I follow you on Twitter!

karuski said...

I follow Anna on Twitter!

Stay Tuned said...

Hi.
Cool article and jewelry. Being a painter, i'd like to see paintings :D
But i also love dragonflys and a love circles!
I don't tweet.
i guess we comment each time........ok??!! thanks, laura

Stay Tuned said...

i follow this blog - laura

Stay Tuned said...

I'm going to follow Anna's blog in about 2 seconds.......laura

Stay Tuned said...

I fanned Anna's facebook.... laura

Stay Tuned said...

I fanned Ngan's facebook! thanks, ............now PICK ME!
laura