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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Lisa Sieczka



The Artisan Group is proud to announce today's Artist Spotlight Feature is Lisa Sieczka of Elle Moss Photography!

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ELLE MOSS PHOTOGRAPHY









We caught up with Lisa and asked her a few questions about her admirable fine art photography collection, and her experiences so far working with TAG. Here's what she said:

Tell us a little bit about your shoppe. 
I sell fine art prints featuring my surreal self portraiture, nature and still life photography. I also sell cards, postcards, calendars and jewelry when I have them in stock.

What is your favorite product from your shoppe and why? 
I love my Scarlet Dream print set. It's an affordable way to have a collection of art for your wall and features some of my most popular prints.

When you're not taking such amazing photographs, what are your hobbies? 
I love hiking with my husband when it's warm enough. We live in Michigan, so the weather can keep us indoors more often than we want. I also love reading and just finished The Hunger Games trilogy and am now reading The Beekeeper's Apprentice. You can also find me writing songs, doing crosswords, playing rock band and cooking organic vegetarian and vegan dishes. My kids are 5 years old and 17 years old, and they definitely keep me busy!

What do you like best about The Artisan Group? 
The people! Everyone has been so warm, friendly, helpful and welcoming. I am so glad that I found The Artisan Group and so proud to be a member!

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Sharlene Maher



The Artisan Group is proud to announce this week's Artist Spotlight feature is one of our talented charter members, Sharlene Maher!

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STRANDED TREASURES

We caught up with Sharlene and asked her a few questions about her handmade flower jewelry shoppe and her experiences so far working with TAG. Here's what she said:


  • Tell us a little bit about your shoppe.  I absolutely love flowers (but I guess that’s obvious!)  They are so meaningful, colorful, pretty and a passion of mine to emulate.  I remember first sculpting a flower.  I was trying micro-macrame jewelry  and wanted little flower beads but couldn’t find what I had pictured in my head.  And any hobbiest/crafter out there knows those words “why don’t I just try to make it myself”.  And that’s where my flower sculpting started Through the trials and errors, I became very focused and gradually developed my style. Now I spend a lot of time updating my shop and expanding my collection to offer more to my customers. I think it’s very important to keep fresh items in my shop.  I approach my business as I would if I had a Brick & Mortar shop.  If customers kept visiting and the same items were on the shelves, eventually they’d move on, so it’s important to me that when they re-visit, there’s new products they can browse.  My creative juices are usually running and even though I have those days where it’s blocked, I pause, and then something bigger and better comes to mind and its back to the work table. I’ve learned a lot over the years; don’t to panic when having a creative block because it’s necessary to gain a fresh approach and don’t panic when sales slow down because in retail it’s normal.  I utilize the downtime for new designs, re-organizing, taking new photos and evaluating low purchasing items and seeing what I can do to re-vamp them. Since my flowers are handmade and the colors are customized, it allows me to offer an unlimited line of items for customers to choose from or request.  Many of them buy my products because they say it’s their favorite flower, reminds them of a memory, or it’s a gift for a loved one who loves that particular flower.  One of my favorites is creating for a wedding. I love the idea that my product is being chosen for such a special day and will be a keepsake with other bridal items. That means a lot to me and something I think about while making it. 
  • What is your favorite product in your shoppe and why?  Right now, my favorites are my Dahlia Rings.  I love the process of making them.  It’s like working on a puzzle and each piece I add, I see it come together and once complete it’s like “Ahhh! (I don’t have any words except that feeling).  I love many flowers but Dahlias really make a statement and I wanted these rings to do just that.  Big, bold, feminine, powerful and colorful! 
  • When you're not designing products for your shoppe, what are your hobbies?  I really enjoy making flower arrangements and that’s something I’d love to explore more.  I have so many that I’ve run out of areas to put them!  I also like working on my container garden on my balcony and coming up with new décor in my place. Sometimes I sew but I keep that hobby simple (like my laptop bag). I’d like to try chocolate making but that might not be a good idea because I’d just wind up taste-testing the whole batch! I am a chocolate and caffeine addict oh and also love seeking out dark beers. The darkest I can find. Is that considered a hobby? Because it’s fun!
  • What do you like best about The Artisan Group?  I absolutely love the positive energy from everyone.  It’s important to surround yourself with the kind of energy you want to exude yourself and they are a great example. All of the members have a common interest and are there to share ideas and help one another.  If I ask for advice I always get a response.  In fact, I receive many responses.  It is a very supportive group and it shows.  The Artisan Group wants artists’ talents to be recognized and they go above and beyond to achieve it.

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Ashley Berthelot



The Artisan Group is proud to announce this week's Artist Spotlight feature is one of our talented charter members, Ashley Berthelot!

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FANCY DESIGNS
{zazzle shoppe} www.zazzle.com/fancybelle

We caught up with Ashley and asked her a few questions about her fabulous paper goods shoppe and her experiences so far working with TAG. Here's what she said:


  • Tell us a little bit about your shoppe.  When I started my shoppe, my main focus was on invitation design and business cards. I worked on a lot of paper good products and started to really enjoy stationery designs. Then I saw what a huge market there was for customized gifts. I've added t-shirt designs, mugs, speakers, iPhone cases, iPad cases and a few other customizable gifts to my shoppe recently. They are a lot of fun to work with!
  • What is your favorite product in your shoppe and why?  I think my current favorite product in my shop is my Keep Calm and Rock On doodle speaker! I use mine all the time and I'm still blown away by the quality of sound that little guy is capable of putting out, not to mention how darn cute it looks sitting on my desk!
  • When you're not designing products for your shoppe, what are your hobbies?  I'm one of those work-a-holics. When I'm not designing (like right this minute) I'm usually contemplating what I SHOULD be designing. It's not uncommon to find me attached to a my sketch pad, doodling up new designs and ideas. If I have actually managed to win the battle against myself and have taken a complete break, I'm probably in my kitchen, 6 feet deep in flour, baking up a batch of cupcakes. If it's the weekend I could possibly be found at a rodeo cheering on my boyfriend or spending some quality time with friends and/or family.
  • What do you like best about The Artisan Group?  If you had asked me that the day I was invited, I would have said the general idea behind the group. What an amazing opportunity it is for myself and other artists to get our work out there and seen. Who's going to overlook the fact that our products were not only checked out but actually went home with celebrities? Now that seems like an afterthought to me. What I like best about TAG is that each day we get to connect with an artist from a different place, with a different perspective, and we get to share our stories, our trials, and our triumphs. We get to support each other, help each other and stand by each other. The other day someone asked me if I felt like I was in competition with any of the other members who sell stationery or invitations and the answer was easy, I didn't even have to think about it. It's just a simple NO. We all have so much to offer, a variety and we each have our own personality that shines through our work. I love that their is no competition because we all want the same thing. We want each other to shine! 

Gearing Up for Our 1,000 Facebook Fan Giveaway!

It's hard to believe in such a short time, The Artisan Group has garnered nearly 1,000 Facebook fans!

We'd like to celebrate our fans by hosting an amazing giveaway! Twenty-four of our talented members have agreed to help sponsor our giveaway by donating a fantastic product from their shoppes.

Four lucky winners will receive a lovely collection of six handmade products from our group.

A special thanks to our giveaway sponsors:
More details about our giveaway will follow when we hit our 1,000 Facebook Fan milestone! Stay tuned to find out how you can win a collection of lovely handcrafted gifts!

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Natalie LeBlanc



The Artisan Group
is proud to announce this week's Artist Spotlight feature is the very talented Natalie LeBlanc!

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PAPERMUSE DESIGNS
{etsy shoppe} www.etsy.com/shop/papermusedesigns
{blog} http://papermuse.wordpress.com
{twitter} www.twitter.com/papermusenat
{facebook} www.facebook.com/papermusedesigns


We caught up with Natalie and asked her a few questions about her unique shoppe and her experiences so far working with TAG. Here's what she said:


  • Tell us a little bit about your shoppe.
    I mainly create handmade books (journals, notebooks, photo albums) from upcycled materials such as vinyl records, paint chips, wrapping paper and maps, and I’ve also recently started making coasters from vinyl records. I currently only sell LP journals and notebooks in my shoppe while I am testing out the other products at local craft fairs and shops.
  • What is your favorite product in your shoppe and why?
    Wow, it’s so hard to choose. The Andy Gibb LP notebook is probably my favourite at the moment – it simply brings a smile to my face every time I look at it. The Duran Duran LP notebook would be a close second... because who doesn’t love Duran Duran? I also enjoy doing custom work for clients, such as wedding albums and corporate products. I love the creativity and challenge of making something completely unique that a client will adore.
  • When you're not designing products for your shoppe, what are your hobbies?
    Making books has really consumed most of my free time this past year. However, I am a voracious reader and try to sneak in a few minutes of reading whenever I can. I also enjoy making and appreciating art, learning new languages, visiting museums and travelling. I’m very excited about an upcoming trip to Italy where I’ll get to indulge in all these passions at once (I’m taking part in an art retreat and will learn to paint) – I hop on a plane next week!
  • What do you like best about The Artisan Group?
    The support provided by The Artisan Group has been amazing. They continuously guide us and provide wonderful tips and advice as we prepare for upcoming events and promote our businesses. The other Artisan Group members have also been wonderful – it’s great to be part of a network of other like-minded, creative individuals. So often, the act of creating can be a solitary and sometimes lonely venture. Having my own cheerleading squad with whom I can run ideas by, ask advice from, and celebrate with is very reassuring. They are a very inspiring bunch.
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