This week's featured Etsy artist is Abigail of Jargonhead Studios. I love browsing for art on Etsy because the creativity and unique vision is astonishing. I was really moved by this "Study in Solitude" -- so beautiful and evocative.
Enjoy the interview!
1. Please tell us about the items in your Etsy shop. What do you make? How did you learn your craft? What is involved in your creative process?
I sell fine art prints of original paintings and illustrations, as well as some original digital art and paintings. I have been a painter for about 7 years, but just started doing it full-time this year. I received a degree in illustration in college, but have been creating art since I was very young.
My creative process first involves creating initial sketches. For a single painting, I will usually create one or two sketches for the full composition, then extra sketches of any details (such as specific animals or figures). Sometimes I will sketch up to ten final drawings for one painting. Once I have the painting fully complete on paper (and in my mind), I create an abstract underpainting on the blank canvas, which allows me to get the feeling for that painting down. After that, I spend many hours completing the painting.
2. To which Etsy Teams do you belong?
I belong to the SF Etsy Team and the Indie Junction Team
3. Tell us two (or more) other interesting things about you.
My husband is a physicist, and is currently creating an energy efficient lightbulb.
I wanted to be a chemical engineer before I decided to pursue art.
I was a business analyst for UW Madison before we moved to San Jose.
4. What inspires your creations?
Right now I'm working on three different painting series. There is the "Myths" series, which is inspired by an amalgam of creation and apocalypse myths from various cultures; the "Studies" series is inspired by my own personal experiences and focuses on emotion; and the "Everyday Demons" series is a humorous take on the little annoyances that get in our way or make our lives uncomfortable in some way.
5. What is your biggest challenge related to your Etsy shop?
I love the community at Etsy, but it seems to be a harder sell when it comes to purely decorative items such as prints and paintings. I do have a lot of fans, which I love, but actually have an easier time selling items at shows.
6. What is your favorite item in your shop (currently for sale or previously sold)? Why is it your favorite?
My favorite print is for my painting "The Birth of the Universe". I worked on that painting for two years, and love the composition and colors.
7. What crafting skill(s) do you wish you had or hope to learn someday?
Oh, there are so many! Wood turning, lapidary, quilting, puppetry; I love to learn new things, and there are very few crafts I wouldn't jump at the chance to try.
8. What has been your biggest success and/or proudest moment since opening your Etsy shop?
I was really happy to have my "Study in Distress" print featured in The Storque. I think the proudest moment was when I realized that I could actually try doing the art thing full time. I've never felt like that was possible before we moved out to California.
9. Where else can we find out more about you and/or your creations?
You can find out more about me at: http://jargonheadstudios.blogspot.com
Or view my online portfolio here: http://jargonhead.carbonmade.com/
10. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your shop or your work?
I love to collaborate with other creative people (artists, musicians, and writers). And I am always willing to trade items!
If you're an Etsy seller in the San Francisco Bay Area, contact Jen from Mama's Magic Studio about joining SFEtsy!