youareconstance


youareconstance is home to prints of original illustrations created by artist Rebekah Constance. Rebekah prides herself on her efforts to remain eco-conscious in the execution of her art and running of her business. In addition to depicting nature-inspired imagery she also recycles, repurposes, and reuse packing materials, as well as use recycled/fsc-certified papers and will soon be offering original screen-printed works using non-toxic, water-based inks.


Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I grew up in a home that nurtured the arts. My mother is an incredible artist, and so from a young age I was drawing on the walls with markers. Today I stick to pen on paper, refining and coloring on the computer. I am a graphic designer by profession, so I have a unique process to my artwork that allows me to merge various mediums.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
My favorite thing to do in the whole wide world is to take a walk on a calm, beautiful day through calm, beautiful woods. A close second is gardening. I feel centered in nature.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Like many Etsy sellers, I am juggling quite a bit. I'm a full time college student, part time graphic designer, including freelance, and also involved in music projects. I don't get to devote as much time as I would like to shop promotion, and even more so, to new prints. Fortunately for me, the pace of my shop is pretty slow; it would be even more of a challenge if prints were flying off the printer!

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
My favorite print is called "I'm Sorry." It means a lot to me, though the meaning is subtle. The print depicts a lumberjack in a felled forest, resting on a stump. Lying on the ground next to him is his axe, which he has laboriously used all day. Drawing close to him, now in the open, unprotected and vulnerable, is a fawn. The lumberjack's hand is reaching out to the fawn, just as the fawn's neck reaches out to him. Both are crying silently. It may not mean much to many people, but it has a profound, deep meaning to me, and if I hadn't created it and saw it somewhere, I would have purchased it right away, or hoped someone would get it for me.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I thought I would be an artist, a veterinarian, or a zoologist. I loved animals (still do!), and probably spent more time outside in over-sized waders searching for frogs and turtles than developing my artistic abilities.

What other shops out there do you love?
Oh, there are just too many I love. Some of my favorite are:

Root & Leaf

Sharon Montrose

Roadside

Purpose Design

Marmee Craft

Local Library

Oh My Cavalier

Berkley Illustration

Made By Mavis

Little Robot

Groundwork

Betsy Walton

Matte Stephens

Nervous System

What does your future hold?
My future holds loving life. I'll do what I love. Some of the things I love will change, others will not. As long as I'm living love, I don't care what the future holds.


Visit Rebekah on Etsy where you can purchase one $15 print and get another $15 print of your choice half off from youareconstance. Shipping is the same, no matter how many prints you purchase! Include the code "CONSTANCEHALF" in your note to seller. Offer valid through April 30.