Monday, April 4, 2016

TBC Artist Feature - Theresa Smith from Wear Lucy

Do you purchase items from the local big box store?  With lots of imported items to choose from?
Or, like me, do you prefer the beauty and quality of a uniquely handcrafted item?
It's time for another artist feature, to help you find that special something.  And this time, the shop I'm featuring from Scott's Marketplace is
Theresa Smith from Wear Lucy.
orange sea glass toggle bracelet

What is the story behind your shop name? My shop name (Wear Lucy) is a kind of tribute to my grandmother - we share a middle name: Lucille. She was always making something - sewing or crochet. 

Where, when, how did you learn your craft?
I am mostly self taught, learning from magazines and maybe a few videos. Some things I just figure out on my own. I love to look at other jewelry and figure out how it was put together. I got my start after my sister in law introduced me to jewelry making by showing me some pieces she had made. 

raw ruby chain lariat necklace

What has been your biggest obstacle, or challenge, to finding and achieving success? 
Time and reach. Since I work full time and also run a small graphic design business, I don't get to spend as much time as I would like making jewelry. This limits my selection. It also restricts my marketing efforts, as as a result, my reach.

Tell us a little about your family life...married, kids, pets, 
I am married for almost 16 years to my best friend and have two beautiful children, one teenager and one preteen.  

Tell us a little bit about where you, farm, suburb.
I live about a half hour north of Charlotte. Our neighborhood is smaller than some developments which I love.  (and she's only about 20 minutes from me in Stony Point)
solar quartz

Share a story / memory of your childhood. One of my fondest memories from childhood is sitting on my grandmother's lap as she taught me to color. 

Tell us something about you that no-one else might know.
Many people don't know that I served in the U.S. Navy as a welder. 

olive wood pen

If you could be a fictional character, who would you be, and why? 
This is a tough one! I can't seem to think of any after racking my brain LOL. With my hectic schedule I can't remember the last time I even read an entire book!

Share your social media links and where we can find you on the internet. 

My Scott's Marketplace 

leather and quartz wrap
Pick a favorite item from your shop, and why is it your favorite.
This is a tough one, but I'd have to say my favorite is one of my newest listings, the Leather and Quartz wrap bracelet. This is one I spent a lot of time making and love how it turned out.

What advise would you give a new artist just starting out? 
Don't go off and buy a bunch of beads on a whim! I made this mistake and wasted a lot of money on things I didn't end up using because my taste changed very quickly. I would say buy based on specific projects you have in mind first, then as you find your own style, you can more confidently buy in bulk.

Do you have any special coupon codes for our readers?
For 15% off they can use ARTFEAT16
I want to thank Theresa for being such a good sport, most artists don't answer all the questions, so this feature was fun, and I love her work.  
Now it's your turn, click on any link to visit her shop and check out all her other items.
And if you live in the sure to support this local small business, that's the ultimate goal of Scott's Marketplace.  Until next time...

Be blessed,
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