Friday, April 17, 2009
The Adinkra symbols were originally designed by Ashante Craftsmen of Ghana, West Africa. The symbols are a non-verbal communication of aesthetic values, and the way of life for many West Africans. The symbols were painted through out the community. Most recently they were printed on fabric, and worn for celebrations. Each symbol has a name and a meaning.
These symbols have tickled at my creative muse for quit awhile. So, now I am designing a line of jewelry and accessory with adinkra symbols.
The current stamp design on these turquois and black polymer clay earrings is "Welcome". I think "Welcome" is an appropriate symbol for the beginning of this collection.
I have been on a quest to learn how to make a Japanese folded flower out of clay. It is a skill that I will have to work at and refine but this was my first attempt.
I saw a flower created by an etsy artist. This flower sparked a need to learn how to create the flower. So I have searched high and low for a tutorial to use. I have fold two that are linked to my page. Last night I tried one.
Process: I know that the design sheet should be clay. The sheet I used was painted, therefore sometimes it was hard getting it to fold the way I wanted it to. The next time I will creat a clay sheet.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Now that we have the data about our Etsy shops, how are we using this data? I have discover the website http://www.craftcult.com. I love how this website reports data about an Etsy shop. I look at how many views and hearts that my shop gathers in a day. There is a montain of information available on this site. I am curious as to how other shop owners are using this site to drive their business. Help me out, leave a comment. In advance thanks for the info.