November 3, 2009

Interview & Giveaway with Nature Manipulated

I had the pleasure of interviewing Michelle from Nature Manipulated this past week. The Nature Manipulated shop specializes in one of a kind jewelry, paper goods and photography. It is visual and practical art that reflects nature and all of it's elements. Keep reading to find out more about Michelle and how you can win a $10 gift certificate to spend in her shop!



1. Tell us a bit about why you started Nature Manipulated
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Since I was a young child I have taken art classes or played around with different arts and craft supplies.  After high school, I took a hiatus from art.  I wasn't sure I would get back into it.  Every so often, I would try painting or drawing something but I had a block until .... Approximately five years ago, I bought a pair of earrings at a small NYC boutique. I couldn't really afford them but I REALLY wanted them. After looking at them for awhile I realized I could make a pair just like it. The next day I went to a bead store, and having no prior jewelry making experience, I began making jewelry. My artistic block had disappeared and I found myself dabbling in a new medium.  After making several necklaces and pairs of earrings and giving away many, I decided to try selling some pieces.  My inspiration primarily came from nature - places I have visited, seen in pictures and natural matierals turned to unnatural objects.  Reflecting on my inspiration, there was only one thing my shop could be called - "Nature Manipulated".  Since starting in 2004, I have opened my shop up to my photography (the one thing I never stopped doing) and my one of a kind handmade greeting cards. 

2. What are your hobbies or what do you do in your off time away from the shop?
Unfortunately, I do not have much off time but when I do, I play pool, go to restaraunts, work out (well, I am going to start again)... I am also starting to take African dance classes again next month. I'm so excited.  Dancing to live drumming - I LOVE percussion, escpecially hand drums.

3. I notice that you sell on two different venues are there others that you also sell on and do you find it difficult to manage?
I currently only sell on Artfire and Etsy. I started my Etsy shop in 2006 and Artfire earlier this year.  I am trying to establish Artfire as my primary shop and have been devoting most of my promotional efforts to that shop.  It is difficult to manage one shop, let alone two.  There is so much that goes into it besides making your items.  I must say, I spend A LOT of time on the computer: blogging, on Twitter, Facebook and in the Artfire Chatterbox and Etsy forums, as well as other online communities such as byhand.me, indiepublic, and team forums. 

4. If you had to pick one piece to feature in your shop what would it be and why?
  I hate picking favorites!  Especially becuase I have favorite jewelry pieces, favorite photographs and so on.  If I have to though, I would say, African Dolphin (http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=134375).  The necklace is a perfect combination of earthy, hippee, classy and elegent.  It incorporates my favorite stones, turquoise and carnelian, and the dolphins beads sitting above the center turquoise nugget, give the necklace a sense of life.  If there is any piece I would find hard parting with, it would be this one. 

5. Name three other online shops that you would recommend to our readers.
Bean Pickle Sprout - http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&seller_id=15523 (she's also on Etsy).  I have bought several items from this shop as baby shower gifts and everyone loves them.  I also have two pot holders for myself which I absolutely adore and hate that they now have food stains on them.  Will neeed more soon. 

Cecil and Company - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6583899 Such beautiful bags.  I don't have one yet but it's definitely on my handmade holiday list. 

This is SO hard ...

Simply Sentimental - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=110064 Her cards are so fun.  They really POP. 

I apologize to everyone I left off.  There really are a lot more.


Michelle is giving one of our readers a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to spend in her Artfire shop.

To Enter: 
Go to Nature Manipulated, pick a favorite item and come back here to post a comment about it. Be sure you link to the item you mention and leave your email so we can contact you!

For additional entries post a comment below for each of the following that you do:
- Tweet about the giveaway and direct it at @thetinyfig and @NMArt

- Blog about the giveaway
- Make a purchase from Nature Manipulated's Artfire Shop

Giveaway is open to everyone worldwide and ends on November 8th, 2009 at 11:59pm PST. Goodluck!

37 comments:

Ave said...

I like this necklace:
http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=435510

avetaar(at)gmail(dot)com

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Great Interview :)
Her Silver Heart Earrings are very pretty:
http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=625948

memoriesforlifescrapbooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

FashionTouch.etsy.com said...

This one os my fav http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=625203 it is so elegant and feminine

autie said...

i like the Cute Pink Swirl Glass and Sterling Silver Earrings (Strawberry Twist)

Darren, Desi, and Raileigh said...

I like the green glass and silve shaped earrings

http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=399860

Desi
drgdlgletterboxers@yahoo.com

Super Blogger Girl! said...

I like the halloween mini note cards best!

jennifer.lleras@gmail.com

clenna said...

I love the Golden Horn and Wood Long Wrap-around Fall Necklace and Earring Set (Nutshell) - I like that it is versatile - wear it long or double stranded. I also love the brown shades.

clenna at aol dot com

Aik said...

I love the Sapphire Blue Swarovski Crystal and Glass Sterling Silver Earrings (Midnight Sparkle).

http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=399839

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

I tweeted.

http://twitter.com/aikchien/status/5424232692

aikychien at yahoo dot com

mogrill said...

I like the Santa Christmas Ornament, Peppermint Swirl & Swarovski Crystal

http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=644344

Thanks for the chance.
mogrill@comcast.net

Egater said...

I love Pink Rhodocrosite and Black Onyx Necklace with Starfish Pendant - Handcrafted
http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=166185
egateris at gmail dot com

lanky said...
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lanky said...

I adore the Turquoise Glass and Sterling Silver Earrings. Gorgeous!

lankylegslass(at)hotmail(dot)com

Janna @ Feed Your Pig said...

I love the blue saphirre earrings! I love this shop!

Thanks for entering me! Great Contest!

Janna Johnson
janna@FeedYourPigBlog.com
jannajanna@hotmail.com
www.FeedYourPigBlog.com

Very Verdant said...

I love this cute little birthday card.

http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=112916

Very Verdant said...

Tweeted - http://twitter.com/VeryVerdant/status/5449059240

lin3arossa said...

I like the Black Onyx & Silver Daisy Earrings - Handcrafted & Wire Wrapped: http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=701013
ghainskom at yahoo dot com

Brooke said...

I love the Three-Strand Glass Pearl and Pink Necklace!
http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=179921

brooke[dot]ynn12[at]gmail[dot]com

Brooke said...

I tweeted about it! @ourhh
brooke[dot]ynn12[at]gmail[dot]com

mim said...

i really like the Forest Jasper and Black Onyx Necklace (Midnight in the Forest)-- so earthy and natural, really organic feel to it!


email in profile :)

mim said...

oops forgot link! sorry

http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=113105

Sihui said...

My favorite is the Carnelian and Wood Leaf Seasonal Necklace (Ode to the Tree) - Handcrafted & OOAK found at:
http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=398938

origamibysisi[at]gmail[dot]com

Sihui said...

Posted your giveaway at: http://www.hmgiveaways.com/2009/11/10-gift-certificate-from-nature.html
We will tweet the giveaway as well!
origamibysisi[at]gmail[dot]com

Mizz Snape said...

I really love this: http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=625948

Very pretty!

darkntwisty at hellokitty dot com

bmolavi said...

The "Forgotten Cry" necklace caught my eye right away!

Ľubaša said...

I like Pink Rhodocrosite and black onyx necklace
http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=166185
lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

Ľubaša said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/Lubaska/status/5527003247

Ladytink_534 said...

My favorite item is the Forest Jasper and Black Onyx Necklace
http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=113105

Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

Candie L said...

I like the Gingerbread man bookmark. Thank you

candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

Hotsnotty2 said...

I love the Silver Heart Earrings w/ Peridot Swarovski Crystal, thanks!

Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

sixteencandles42 said...

LOVE the Cute Pink Swirl Glass and Sterling Silver Earrings! Thanks!!

strycker@slu.edu

naynays1 said...

my fav http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=625203

brownhairgirl7 said...

My favourite item is the Turquoise Nugget, Carnelian Dolphin and Gemstone Necklace (African Dolphin).

http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=134375

brownhairgirl7@hotmail.com

Gianna said...

Three-Strand Glass Pearl and Pink Necklace (Glass Wedding) - Handcrafted & One of a Kind.. now that is a beautiful necklace :)

lilyk said...

I love the Carnelian Rose, Gemstone and Glass Necklace and Earring Set!

http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=115163

lilyk@mail2world.com