oddartist giveaway

Odd art and curious crafts from a truly twisted mind; Rhonda Brewer-Chaparro is the evil genius behind oddartist.

Her current creative drive centers on two lines of items, both made with recycled supplies.
The first one is Naughty Bits, jewelry, purse handles, and home decor items made with the racier passages of romance novels. Each item is covered with handpicked bits (usually the tastiest bit of a page, sometimes just particular words) of recycled books decoupaged onto a wood base, then covered with layers of clearcoat to a glossy finish.

The other is Melted Media; jewelry, accessories, purses, home decor and mosaic tiles made with recycled CDs, DVDs, and vinyl records. She uses Sterling Silver earhooks on all dangle earrings, and the stud-type earrings are surgical steel posts.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Rhonda.
I have been creating for as long as I can remember. I was 'that-weird-artsy-chick' in high school, and was always getting whatever awards they gave out for art and crafts all through my school years. I even got an Honorable Mention in a state-wide art contest my freshman year.
To this day, my family has to sneak things into the garbage can, saying "Don't let Mom see that - she'll make a lamp out of it!". Unfortunately, that's a very true statement...

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I simply MUST create like one simply MUST breathe. Even when I was hospitalized years ago, I made a pen out of a drinking straw and used my coffee to draw dragons and such on any paper I could find. Is there a 12-step program for creative people?

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Having time to take pictures, tweak them and post the new items in my shop. I can't make just one item at a time, it takes just as long and just as much effort to make a dozen or more, and because I am constantly experimenting, each one is different.

That and having the time to network and promote my shop.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
I would love these long dangly earrings. They are wonderfully VERY naughty, but also subtle enough to wear in public. I have a similar, equally naughty pair (I kept the first pair from the same book) that I wore to work as a receptionist. No one noticed that they said anything until I brought it to the attention of one co-worker. They just thought they were black-and-white earrings. I loved that they were MY dirty little secret!

I also love this cuff. I love the combination of DVD (purple) and CD (sea green) looks against the recycled vinyl cuff. The ripple along one edge was a happy accident I have yet to duplicate and gives the cuff a very feminine feel.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be an artist. Unfortunately life tends to get in the way of dreams, and until I became one of the many recently unemployed, I didn't have time to properly pursue my art. Sure, I've sold a few paintings and other works on Ebay, even had most of my canvas work in Take 121 Arts, a gallery in Tennessee for a while, but until I had spent several months applying for jobs and not getting so much as a call-back, I had not seriously tried to earn a living being creative.

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
I am addicted to anything Julie Steiner paints. I own 4 of her canvases. I also have 2 paintings by AngieC and one Keemo, two Michael Angels and a Gus Fink - all artists I found on Ebay. Each of them was essentially undiscovered when I acquired their work, but became popular to the point I can no longer afford their work.

All the art on my walls are originals. I refuse to own even a signed print. And I only have one of my own canvases hanging in my home, because I'm my own worst critic.

What does your future hold?
I have not a clue.

I hope to have my Naughty Bits and Melted Media become popular enough that someone famous owns a pair. I would love to find a few quirky shops that would carry a selection of my work.

I have never been without a job when I didn't want to be, so not being able to find work now could have put me back on antidepressants. But if you can't FIND a job, MAKE a job, which is why I am trying to take my art to the next level. It saves my sanity, and might even save my home.

Anything else you'd like to add?
I am always in need of more digital media to use in my Melted Media mosaic tiles, so if anyone has a hundred or so discs (CD or DVD, home-recorded or commercial) and you would rather recycle them than throw them away, if you mail them to me with your return address I'll be happy to send you a pair of Melted Media earrings!

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Now for the giveaway!

Rhonda has graciously offered to give a pair of earrings to one of my readers ! All you have to do leave a comment here letting her know whether you'd prefer to receive Naughty Bits earrings or VERY Naughty Bits earrings. It's that easy! The deadline for entry is noon Central Time on June 5, 2009. Click here for the fine print that goes along with any giveaway on this blog. Due to the graphic nature of the prize this drawing is only open to those 18 and over. I will notify the winner via e-mail and announce the outcome on the blog. You must include an e-mail address in your entry if there is not one listed in your linked profile. Failure to include a way to contact you via e-mail will disqualify you from the drawing. Just saying. Obscuring the e-mail address to hide from the bots is just fine (i.e. joe [ at ] email dot com). The prize will be chosen from an item in stock at the time of contact between the gifter (Rhonda) and the winner. The earrings may not be the exact ones pictured here as every pair is one of a kind.

So what's your poison?