Monday, August 15, 2011

Osage Orange Studio

i am happy to announce that linda of osage orange studios is my august etsy featured seller. take a second to get to know more about her and her shop.

Please tell us about yourself. I grew up in Michigan, went to college for interior design and worked in Wisconsin, Boston and Chicago in commercial architectural design firms for close to 15 years. I worked on all types of interiors from offices, universities and hospitals with projects located in the United States and internationally including the African country of Angola and Mumbai, India. After working nonstop and many long hours, I decided to explore other creative ventures on a smaller scale that allowed a better quality of life. I currently live in Chicago with my architect husband, David and our persistently meowing cat, Charlie.

How did you become interested in making jewelry? Several years ago, my husband and I traveled back to Cambridge, MA where we lived when we were first married. We happened upon a charming bead store that had always been in town but that I had never really ‘seen’, until this time around. When we ventured in I was immediately inspired by all the beautiful stones & color possibilities. When I was working so much, I really had no idea these type of stores existed! At the time, I had been looking for a necklace for myself that I had not yet found, so decided to try my hand at making my own. That visit put a little seed idea in my head and after a bit of time and thought, Osage Orange Studio was created via Etsy.

You use such interesting beads ... where do you find them? I find most of my materials at local Chicago area bead stores. I go to each shop for different things, some carry a good vintage bead selection and others beautiful stone strands. I do sometimes shop online, but prefer to see and feel the stones in hand to check for quality. I go with what speaks to me when I see it.

What inspires your pieces? Simply, color. I believe at heart I’m a ‘colorist’ if there is such a thing. I’m inspired by the colors in food, summertime farmers markets, all the glorious greens and blues in nature, the quality of light, old classic films and on it goes ... I’ll see a color combination and it will trigger a design idea that translates to my jewelry. I love the subtleties of colors and the architectural quality of geometric patterns. I believe always looking is the key.

Do you have a favorite piece that you've made? If so, which? My favorite necklace is called ‘Honeydew’, which previously sold. It was inspired by a lovely colored melon that I ate one summer with a yellow skin and light green flesh. I created a long necklace out of creamy light green rectangular beads that were knotted with canary yellow silk thread. This piece represented my style and color sense well and felt like ‘me’ to the core. It was young and fresh, a little bit delicate but still modern. A current favorite in my shop are the Raindrop & Midnight series. These necklaces are so lightweight to wear for summer and feel like they float on the neck.

Do you sell anywhere other than Etsy? If so, where? Right now, I only sell on Etsy. I always list current information and sales in my shop announcements. I also welcome custom work based on a current design or something completely new based on a specific stone. Come say hello anytime… I would love to have you visit.

linda has been so kind to offer my readers a giveaway and a coupon code. please include your email address in a comment below to be eligible for her beautiful Raindrop necklace (necklace length selected by winner). the last day to comment is august 31. the winner will be randomly picked september 1st. you may only comment once. if you'd like to purchase one of her other items, enter the coupon code "jaditekate" at checkout to receive 10% off.


15 comments:

  1. love your colors linda! thanks for posting kate! always nice to find new shops to favorite on etsy. :)

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  2. Love to hear about new shops!! Thanks for sharing!! Elma elma2179@yahoo.com

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  3. So gorgeous! I NEED that Raindrop necklace! Thanks for introducing me to Linda's wonderful shop!
    kathleen.young@gmail.com

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  4. Linda is my favorite Etsy seller! Her work is so beautiful, simple, fun, and elegant. I own one of her necklaces and my mom owns a couple and a bracelet. And she is such a pleasure to correspond with. Every time I show her shop to friends they comment on how cute she is...isn't she! So happy to read more about Linda here.

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  5. Thanks for presenting Osage Orange Studio (and for the 10% off coupon!) She does have the cutest jewelry! I have purchased 2 necklaces from her on Etsy and am more than elated with them! Beautiful stones, design and impeccable craftmanship!
    I highly recommend her shop!!!

    All the best,
    Veronika
    vlore@hotmail.com

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  6. Beautifully colored beads paired with luscious colors...what could be better! Sophisticated, yet cute...I love it. (And I grew up rolling osage oranges down the hill in our back yard, so Osage Orange Studio has found a particularly soft spot in my heart!) So glad I found it!

    Kind Regards, Gray
    grayparker11222@yahoo.com

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  7. This is spectacular! Very pretty and what a wonderful and creative shop! I'd love to be the proud owner of this beauty.

    Thanks for the chance ~
    Smelkoski@yahoo.com

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  8. Linda, I LOVE your style! Jewelry is one of my weaknesses, and I would adore to be able showcase your raindrop necklace. :)

    Liz
    vintageeverafter [at] gmail.com

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  9. the necklace is beautiful. darling work.

    i'd be delighted to enter the give-away.
    thank you so much for the chance.

    xo
    molly

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  10. Hello! What beautiful handmade jewelry you have! The raindrop necklace is so JaditeKate!

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  11. It gorgeous! I would be more than happy to give it a home! I love your blog btw.

    -Sarah Lillian
    daydreaminginturquoise@gmail.com

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  12. Lovely! Such a fun giveaway :-) thanks for the chance to win! fashionatalie at ymail dot com (yes ymail not gmail!)

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  13. So happy to have stumbled upon your website- you truely are a colorist! I love your color combinations and would love to have seen the honeydew neclace. Could you possibly post pix? Thanks for the chance to win one of your beautiful pieces. pamhockersmith@hotmail.com

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  14. i would love to win! marigoldroad dot blog at gmail dot com

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  15. Thanks for introducing Linda's shop. The giveaway piece is lovely!

    sabruffey@gmail.com

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