February 21, 2010

SPOTLIGHT Moments!

Get ready to be dazzled as you
peek into the life of artist
Michelle Webre-Rich of jmargot



Tell us a bit about yourself
(name, location, affiliations, and personal stuff).
My name is Michelle Webre-Rich and I live in Euless, Texas. I'm a 30 something mother to two beautiful girls. I attended Texas Woman's University where I received a BFA in fine art photography and a minor in graphic design. I make a living as web graphic designer for a national retail chain but have been getting my creative fix filled by making jewelry. I am also a Leo, and this translates into my work... a perfectionist with a love for luxury.



What is the first thing you can remember making by hand?
I remember my mother giving me a little swatches of fabric, needle and tread and I would make random stitches and create fabric forms.

How and why did you make it?
I think she gave it to me so I'd sit still and keep busy and out of her hair but I remember having fun with these little projects at the time.

What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
I'm inspired by the east... India and Japan. I love the use of color in their traditional fashion, art and jewelry.



What are your favorite materials?
I work in many mediums but as far as what I sell on etsy, it's sterling silver and gemstones.



Any tips for selling handmade stuff?
I think what has helped me is a unified design with my web and print presence as well as my displays at craft fairs... it's all related in theme.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I'm a mother and wife who enjoys spending time with family and friends.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
My daughter's art. She's very talented and I love how her imagination comes through in the detailed paintings and drawings she creates. I also love the nursery bedding that my BFF made for me when I was expecting my first child.

What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
Try to get involved in your local craft scene be it through groups or craft shows. I've met some great people who have taught me a lot and some have become wonderful friends.

How do you promote your work?
facebook, twitter, local shows and blog advertisements.

Please describe your creative process how, when, materials, etc.
The materials speak to me... I might be browsing a website and a combination of items may spark a design idea. I also like to lay out my supplies and just play with different components until something comes together. I have no set process, I just like to have fun.




What first made you want to become an artist?
I always knew I wanted to do something creative. In high school I thought I'd be a fashion designer and then I found photography and thought I'd do both as a fashion photographer. I'm not sure how I ended up in graphic design because I love to paint... maybe I thought it would make me more marketable when it came to finding a job since they seemed related to me.


Shop Here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/jmargot

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