Louise Nelson Owl army 2011
Louise Nelson is a glass artist from the UK. I first encountered her work one day when little lampwork owl beads popped up at the Art Bead Scene. Her Etsy shop, Glassdaft, is chock full with birds, owls, fish, tree focals and many other creative beads. Take a moment and get to know her a little better in this newest installment of my ARTisan Interviews!
1) Describe yourself in 3 words.
Contemplative, Contradictory, Conscientious (in the mood for C’s today)
Recycled bottle with copperfoil stained glass, fusing and lampworking. 2011
Gosh! My style that’s a hard question for me, I think I am too close to be able to see it. Last year someone I respect greatly called me an “Applied artist”. I had been floundering for a while wondering what exactly I was as the title of beadmaker was not at all sitting happily with me.
3) What inspires you?
Just about everything! I know that sounds irritating but really my eyes and ears never switch off. A simple word or a mood that I witness can spark ideas. I never tire of art galleries or just my art books ( Klimt is a personal favorite right now ). Fabric and threads frequently get me going as does paint, these things are very dear to my heart. Before becoming a mum I drew all the time and “embroidery” was my entire life.
I distinctly remember my first go on my mums Singer sewing machine aged about 8 or 9, we had a camping trip coming up and I was entrusted to make the sleeping bag liners. I loved the comforting rhythm of the sewing needle going up and down and the reliable motor powering the teeth. Now the actual job I did was less than “couture” but it was a pivotal moment and it unlocked the knowledge deep within me that I could make anything.
5) Is this a job or a hobby?
Job sounds so harsh, but I do it full time. It doesn’t support me yet but I live in hope.
I do love making beads and I don’t think I will ever stop however I need to follow the artistic noises in my head. I imagine I will move into “off mandrel” sculpting or perhaps take lampwork elements back into fusing. Really the future is so full of possibility my head spins a little.
Lampwork bead 2010
7) I find that I have a love/hate relationship with Etsy....
What is your favorite and least favorite thing about selling on Etsy?
I started selling in March 2011 and so far I have been very impressed with all aspects of Etsy as a selling medium. It is only my inadequacies in computer knowledge that frustrate me.
Take good pictures and use all 5 spaces provided to show off your work. (Drives me nuts when there is only 1 picture!!)
As a special promotion, Louise will be including a small glass bird with any order placed today. Just put Lorelei Eurto in the notes to seller when checking out! Head on over to Glassdaft now!