ARTisan Interview with Jade Scott

It is definitely no secret that I have had a bit of a girl crush on Jade Scott for some time now. I "get" her on so many levels, creatively and personally.  If we lived closer, I would bet that we would be BFFs. Seriously.
I remember when Jade first started selling her components. I had followed her Etsy store and jewelry designs for quite a while, and all of a sudden she started making pendants using copper bezels and my jaw dropped to the floor. I still love using her pendants in my designs and I love the connection that I've made with her, and the friendship that has developed.  I hope you enjoy this small ARTisan interview and be sure to leave comments to tell Jade that you dig her too.   :)

1) Describe yourself in 3 words. Confident. Whimsical. Excellent speller. Darn, four words.

2) How would you describe your craft and style?
Hippy chic jewelry design. I grew up in a hippy household and when I rebelled, as all teenagers must, I became obsessed with the glamour of the thirties, Claudette Colbert, Fred and Ginger. I started wearing high heels and red lipstick. The rebellion was a success, my mother was mortified. And as an adult I have landed somewhere in the middle. I still love red lipstick, rhinestones and satin but I also own more than one pair of Birkenstocks. I'd like to think that my jewelry reflects who I am. I love the juxtaposition of a perfectly faceted crystal next to a rough un-dyed turquoise bead.

3) What inspires you?
Inspires me? Hmmm. The only thing I can think of is how I deal with creative block. When I have a really bad case, I will put on a movie with a heroine who I think has fantastic style. Christina Ricci in Penelope, Julianne Moore in Crazy Stupid Love, Anna Friel in Pushing Daisies. And I watch and I think, "What necklace would I make for her?” I know it's not as cool as being inspired by a sunset or a Monet but it works....every time.

4) How long have you been creating?
To be honest, I don't know. I don't remember the beginning of creating. That need to make something was always there. I come from a family where needing to create is just who we are. And my mother blessed/ cursed us with the confidence to act on it.
Before I made jewelry, I was a make up artist for a large cosmetic company. Even though they may seem like different careers. Really I just went from one form of playing with color to another.

5) Is this a job or a hobby?
A jobby. Ha, it's actually my job. But jobby makes it seem ....more fun. I have been a full time jewelry designer/artist for about 9 years. My time is split between making jewelry (Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, you get the idea..) that are sold in boutiques. And making components for other artists like yourself to use. Which has been mostly awesome.

6) How do you see your work evolving?
Wow. I try not to think about what is coming next creatively. If I do, it quickly turns into a panic attack....with me mumbling in a corner, "What if I never come up with a good idea ever again?"....shudder. Wait a second... I have a great idea.
But really, most of the big changes I have made in my career have been completely unplanned. Like selling pendants for other artists to use. I would have never guessed I was going to start doing that.
I only have one real hope professionally for the future and that would be to work less. Oh! and to not be on a deadline. I would just love that:)

7) I find that I have a love/hate relationship with Etsy....
What is your favorite and least favorite thing about selling on Etsy?
I find I have a love/let's just be freinds relationship with Etsy. I love the community of Etsy. It's pretty amazing. I have done pretty much nothing to bring in customers. What's the word for less than nothing? I barely ever blog, I've never advertised and yet...people have found me. There are a couple of things I'm not thrilled with. I wish there was a way to consolidate multiple orders so that there would only be one charge for shipping. But all in all, mostly happy with Etsy.

8) Do you have any advice for other Etsy artisans?
I would tell them to befriend Lorelei Eurto and read her blog everyday. It's the secret to success. *wink*
Umm. let's see....advice. I would say that one of the things that has helped in me in making a living as an artist is knowing what the value is of what I’m making. I have seen people attempting to charge hundreds of dollars for a necklace that cost $5 to make and twenty minutes to put together. And then I've seen the opposite too. Either way you're not going to be successful. There has to be a balance between humility and confidence in what you’ve created.

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