by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt
|Valerie Tyler with her collection|
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I am primarily a self taught artist. I've learned a lot of techniques through trial and error and experimentation. I did take one jewelry course as an elective in college which taught me the basics and got me interested. Now, I have been creating and selling jewelry on Etsy (Valerie Tyler Designs) for over 5 years.
Why do you enjoy working with metal?
Metal is indeed my favorite medium and I am particularly happy pounding away on it with a hammer. I love texture and pattern.
How do you get inspired?
I take inspiration from everywhere. Long walks through the woods, examining the world through a camera lens, observing trends online and in magazines and visiting art shows and events are all very inspiring.
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I wake up and think I have to get a bit of work done before breakfast. I get sucked into the internet printing orders, responding to messages, make Etsy treasuries and doing online promo and then realize I basically missed breakfast. Breakfast then becomes pretty much brunch several hours later. I'll hit the studio and make orders,or possibly create some new pieces and photograph and list them. Depending on the season I prep for art shows, or make pieces to apply to art shows. I might take a break to clean my house of have a cup of tea but more often than not it's evening before I know it.
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I absolutely love my studio. I have an entire room devoted to design, jewelry photography and inventory storage. My husband built me floor to ceiling shelves that have a lovely, rustic look to them. I do most of my hammering and sawing on old, sturdy vintage teachers desk. I also keep my jewelry handbooks and collection of small art pieces here. My home corners a national park so I get to look out at gorgeous large evergreen trees. I also work from an office space at times with a bird feeder on the deck, or out in a garage doing soldering or more dirty work. (Needless to say the garage space is my least favorite)
|multicultural modern jewelry designs|
My mother was a fantastic painter, though just as a hobby. I had never ending access to art supplies and craft supplies from acrylic paint, to collage materials to clay and stamps.
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