Eclectic Adornment

Eclectic Adornment at thioviolet.etsy.com is a collection of completely unrelated pretty things inspired by the strangely beautiful world inhabited by Sara. There aren't any matching sets, just an eclectic mix of pieces made to reflect whatever lovely fog she finds herself in during creation.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Sara.
I was tired of paying ridiculous prices for fabulous jewelry (which, by the way, wasn't all that fabulous since it was store-bought and machine made.....imagine my nose scrunching in disapproval), so I started learning how to make my own. It gave me an addictive hobby (since, let's be honest, I always loved collecting shiny treasures; now I have an excuse), plus I could make exactly the kind of jewelry I wanted to wear. It was a classic case of "Girl meets shiny thing, girl wants shiny thing, girl must wear shiny thing on her person at all times."

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I love kayaking and being outside (in what I like to pretend is "The Wild"--ooooh). I draw inspiration from textures and objects that I happen upon in nature, some of which I also incorporate into paintings and photographs. For instance, most of my jewelry is photographed with a lovely piece of driftwood and wood from a boat-wreck I found on a beach. I belong in the dirt and grass and sand, and am recharged when I am able to smell the trees and the sunshine.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
I find it difficult to find time to photograph my items. I work all week during the day, and peak photo-op hours are around noon-2pm. I don't like using artificial light because it isn't flattering to the naturally beautiful colors. Nature does it best!

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
I would love to get a pair of "Little Istanbul. Earrings." I'm hopelessly in love with labradorite, so I use it whenever I can afford it. The combination of copper caps, oxidized sterling silver, goldstone, and labradorite is so spicy and intriguing.

Why am I selling these anyway...

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I always hoped I would be a writer or an artist of some kind. I was always reading and writing little short stories, so I knew I just had to express myself in some creative medium. I still do a little of everything, and it keeps me sane and, dare I say, happy.

What other shops out there do you love?
I loooove Six06's shop on Etsy. It holds mesmerizing, fabulous little shrines and rusty assemblage goodness. Really amazing stuff

irenesuchocki has incredible photographs of surreal environments [see Irene's interview on Such Cool Stuff! here - Ed.]

Secondlineframes makes beautiful picture frames out of salvaged wood from areas hit by Katrina. Very rustic and lovely, and a portion of proceeds goes to neighborhood rehab. How cool is that!

What does your future hold?
I can only hope that my future holds promise of a simple life, free from unneeded stress and conflict. I'd love to live in the country and continue to make things with my own two hands, with a cat at my feet and lots and lots of love in my life.

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