Wednesday, January 14, 2009

INCrowd Interstate Interview, 1/14/09 - Alicia Istanbul aka istanbuldesigns

Here's some truly amazing metalsmithing from Alicia "yes, my last name really is Istanbul :)" Istanbul. Her work is astonishing. Canada's loss is our gain!!

Where were you born & raised?
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada.

Where are you now & what led you there?
I now live in Atlanta, Georgia, because of the amazing and handsome American guy I'm married to.

What types of creations do you sell in for your Etsy shop(s)?
I sell original handcrafted art jewelry in sterling silver and gold.

What's your educational background, as it relates to your work?
I'm a French teacher by profession. I have a BA in French, a Bachelor of Education, and a Masters degree in French. Although I only taught French for 4 years, I am happily retired from teaching and am living the dream of running my own company from my home based studio. It really is like a dream come true.

How'd you get started creating?
I've always been an artist at heart (that must sound so cliche). I started making beaded and wire wrapped jewelry as a hobby a few years ago. I'm always looking for the next challenge, and that lead me to metalsmithing. I've been metalsmithing for almost 3 years.

Do you belong to any Street Teams? If so, which ones and why? If not, why not?
I am a proud member of the Etsy Metal street team. They're like my online family :)

What's your favorite thing about selling on Etsy?
I love that I'm in the company of some of the most incredibly talented crafters ever.

Recommend your five favorite shops on Etsy.

Show us your three favorite items from your own shop:

Art Nouveau Initial A Pendant (SOLD)

Nouveau Rosebud earrings (SOLD)

Swirl Ring, Sterling Silver

OK, WOW. Thanks so much, Alicia!!


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