Trish, owner of
Lines and Shapes Jewelry Shop
Duuude: How long have you been making this abstract jewelry? (I must admit, when your shop said “lightweight shrink plastic”, I became very curious)
Trish: I got interested in shrink plastic jewelry when I randomly found an Etsy seller (brokenfingersart) who makes it. I really liked her designs, I bought one of her necklaces, and sometimes I just get obsessed with an idea and can't stop until I do it...sometimes in life this creates problems for me, haha, but in this case, it was a good thing. I tried first just copying designs or patterns that I liked just for practice (not for sale) and then people started to tell me "hey you could sell that" so I thought, ok I better start thinking of some of my own designs....so I began selling jewelry sometime in October or November of 2010. I had the seller name "brooklynbags" because I previously had bags for sale, but I couldn’t produce enough of them at that time, and I kind of stopped. Hence my ill-fitting name currently, but that will change soon when Etsy lets us change our shop names with a new feature.
Trish: I guess I kind of answered that in question 1, which means I said too much in question 1. whoops. But I will add, that I mostly like this form of jewelry making because it is literally a blank page on which I can draw whatever I want....using beads, findings, etc is a little limiting....I think that’s why I like shrink plastic....and its truly so light, with earrings especially I wouldn’t even know I was wearing them except that they may hit against my skin if they are particularly long...but sooo light...who needs to carry around more heavy things, especially here in New York where we commute everywhere, all day long...
|Trish at a craft fair|
Trish: I usually go to my favorite coffee shop and draw on regular paper, then to a copy machine to enlarge them as needed (since they will shrink in the oven)....then I draw them on the plastic, which has been well-sanded (that's key!), color them with colored pencils, cut them out (sometimes this is the most difficult part, depending on the shape!), bake them in the oven, seal them and let them sit over night and then the next day I can turn them into jewelry with chains, earring wires, jump rings, and the like.
Trish: I get metal supplies on Etsy for the most part....there aren’t really craft shops so much in NYC...there is a metal store in midtown Manhattan but I prefer getting supplies from Etsy sellers...
|Craft Show display|
Trish: Some of my first designs are just abstract shapes, I don’t know where they come from exactly, just doodling. I don't consider myself any kind of illustrator, I don’t really draw well honestly, which is why I think a lot of the geometric designs have been working better and selling better. I can use something to make all the straight lines and circles to make them really perfectly shaped. My favorite part is the colors, and that's something I think I'm good at and enjoy very much, putting colors together.
|Cotton Candy Felt Pebble Necklace|
Trish: I sell on Etsy but seem to do better at craft shows. I have been in 3 since November 2010, and I will be in the Lexington School for the Deaf Craft Fair on Sunday May 1 in Jackson Heights from 10am to 5pm, and I recently was accepted in Pittsburgh's I Made It! Craft Fair subtitled "South Side Works Exposed" Since it is in Pittsburgh's South Side...that will be in July, the 15th to 17th. I'd love to do more craft fairs but they can be pretty pricey, the vendor's fees I mean.
Duuude: Anything else you'd like us to know?
|Working hard at the show|
Duuude: Do you have a blog or any other sites that you are involved in that you would like to share with us, and we can link in our article?
|Bunch of Leaves necklace|
Thanks Trish. I have a whole new appreciation for shrink plastic.
Now go spend some time in her shop and enjoy your Friday.
Until next week …