Friday, August 22, 2008

Featured artist of the week: Jodie, creator of Pretty Little Love Objects

Jodie – Pretty Little Love Objects


Tell us a little about yourself and your business:

I'm 23, English and living in the West Midlands. I left university in Swansea two years ago with a degree in history and ended up working in Marketing (as I believe most humanities students do).

My shop sells individual, original love tokens. These pieces of jewellery are designed to be special and given as gifts of love to someone or to yourself to increase the happiness in the world. A carefully designed and handpicked present is the best kind.

I sell necklaces, earrings, bracelets and spend time searching for the best materials to create each Pretty Little Love Object with. My favourite materials are buttons, ribbons, glass and ceramic beads. I also make cards so you can send some lovely letters, as I believe that a piece of personal post is a great start to a day.


What made you get started in your business?

I love crafting and I make items for friends and family all the time but there's only so much jewellery they can wear at once and I felt a big crafting itch when I didn't have a project to work on. Starting an Etsy shop gave me something to work on in between friend birthdays.


Anything else you'd like to share:

I'm constantly working on my shop. I've just finished a full range of new neck modeled pictures to accompany each necklace listed. I've ordered a new banner (which is just perfect thanks to the seller who worked with my requests). I'm even pioneering an innovative repairs policy. If a customer breaks their jewellery, for example smashes a glass bead, I will repair or repurpose the piece. All the buyer has to do is pay for the piece to be packaged and returned to me. This offer is good a year from purchase. I think it's really important to always be developing areas of my shop.

I've also reached the point where there are 70 items listed in the shop, which is quite an achievement. I'm hoping to have 100 listed by the end of the year. Maybe I'll have some sort of special offer when I reach that milestone!


Tell us about your favorite item currently listed in your shop:

My favourite item has to be a button necklace called 'The Botanist Collecting'. It's a random pattern necklace made from a variety of green and brown buttons and has a big ceramic bead as its focal point. Each button is threaded through with green glass seed beads to bring the selection together.

I love collecting and using buttons because you can find them in so many shapes, colours and textures. They can be hard to string to achieve the effect you want and you need to have a creative mind to work out different methods of attaching them.


Links to your Etsy shop, website and/or blog:

Etsy shop: http://www.blinkingmouse.etsy.com

Blog: http://prettylitleloveobjects.blogspot.com

Team blog: http://survivingetsy.blogspot.com

My Favorite from Pretty Little Love Objects:

I love this necklace, titled Starry Eyed Remembrance Necklace from Jodie's shop. It's fun and simple style are what first attracted me to this necklace. I also love the way she took materials that aren't usually thought of for "grownup" jewelry and made them into a wonderful piece of jewelry.