Sunday, January 16, 2011

Welcome New Members

The Starving Artists Team is growing.  We have new members and a new selling venue. 

First, the venue - Many members of the Starving Artists Team have shops on, an on-line marketplace where people can purchase handmade goods directly from the artisans who make them.  But Etsy is not the only such marketplace.  At you can also find a variety of beautiful handmade goods being sold by independent artisans.  Many members of the Starving Artists Team also have shops on

Starting today, the handmade items you see featured here will be items that are available for sale either on Artfire or on Etsy.  Some members have shops on Etsy, some on Artfire and some on both venues.  But regardless of venue, everything you see is handmade by independent artisans who design and fabricate their items and who share a little bit of themselves in each piece.

Now, let's meet some new members.

Jeanne, from J3 Jewelry, lives in sunny Florida.  She uses a variety of techniques, including bead weaving and wire wrapping and she works with many different materials, including glass beads, Swarovski crystal, semi-precious stones, copper, sterling silver and gold-filled wire. 

I love her Viking Weave Copper Bangle.  The combination of the faux opal effect on the focal and the gorgeous patina on the copper makes me think of a long abandonned treasure that has recently been rediscovered. 

Viking Weave Copper Bangle by J3 Jewelry

Dawn, from Jewelry Art by Dawn, lives in the mountains of California.  Dawn has spent a lifetime drawing and painting and her skill at painting miniatures is often incorporated into her pieces of jewelry.  Copper is Dawn's metal of choice and she often turns copper wire into a variety of fanciful shapes. 

I love Dawn's Copper Hoop Earrings with Turquoise.  Turquoise is one of my favorite colours, and paired with copper, as it is here, I think it really pops.  I love the shape of these earrings, and the little spiral at the top.  They look like they would be fun to wear. 

Copper Hoop Earrings with Turquoise by Jewelry Art by Dawn

Ava, from Ava Designs, also lives in California.  Her journey into making jewelry began 17 years ago with seed beads.  Today Ava's designs showcase her wire wrapping skills.  She uses sterling silver and gold-filled wire which she combines with semi-precious stones, crystals and Murano beads.

Isn't this Blue Pietersite Pendant gorgeous?  The stone is drool-worthy and Ava's wrapping showcases it beautifully.  This elegant piece is one that any woman would be proud to wear.   

Blue Pietersite Pendant by Ava Designs

Vanessa, from Paintin by Faith, lives in Oklahoma.  She works mostly with copper and sterling silver and loves working with a torch to create pieces of art that showcase her style. 

These Hearts in Bloom Earrings are so sweet.  They make me smile and feel good.  The lines are clean and simple.  I love the contrast between the copper and silver - it makes for a pair of earrings that really catch your eye.

Hearts in Bloom Earrings by Paintin by Faith

Welcome to these new members of the Starving Artists Team.  We are so exicited to have you join us and look forward to seeing more of your work.

Featuring artisan handmade creations by the Starving Artists jewelry team. SATeam members create handcrafted jewelry and beads. More information about our team and its current shop owner members can be found at and here on Artfire.   


mcstoneworks said...

A very big welcome to Dawn, Jeanne, Ava, and Vanessa. I'm honored to have these amazing jewelry artists as team members.

PaintinByFaith said...

I am thrilled to be a part of such a great team. I hope to be able to contribute a lot to the team. I enjoy the friendship I have already been building with you all through the forum ... Here is to a new venture in a new year.

Jeanne said...

Thank you so much! I've never been on a team like this before and I feel so honored to be part of this group, and humbled to be listed among the extremely talented, visual, oh so artistic people here. I want to do everything I can to help and participate! Now if you'll excuse me, I have more to add to my little shop. :)

N Valentine Studio said...

Welcome to all the new members!!

tjrjewellery said...

Awesome jewelry (and some good photography to boot!)

Welcome everyone!

Cat said...

Welcome on board, we are so happy to have you on the team!

AMDesignsbyAngela said...

Welcome to glad to have all of you be part of the team!

Cassie said...

Welcome to the team, everyone!

DawninCal said...

Thank you for the warm welcome!

It's so exciting to join this team of incredibly talented jewelry artists and it's a privilege and an honor to be a part of it.

Here's to exciting new things and success to all of us this coming year!

BeadSire said...

A great big welcome to the new members of the team - what a fabulous post featuring their work!

galadryl said...

Hello new members, great getting to know better,.

FeatheredGems said...

Welcome aboard, ladies!

Alegria Designs said...

Welcome to all the new members!

Ava said...

Wow! Didn't know this was here, and I even commented on the Pearl information piece. Thanks so much for the welcome, really looking forward to a great year and a great team.

Ness said...

Welcome to all our very talented new members!

Bonnie said...

Welcome to you all. it's a pleasure to meet you.

Stacie @ said...

Welcome to the team- lovely work! Jeanne- I'm in Florida also. ;-)