September 13, 2011

Artsydog Seller Profiles Of The Week

Lollypups Designer Pet Wear offers hand made couture fabric harnesses in a limited edition using fabrics such as woven silks, brocades and fine cotton sateen which are then embellished with elegant trims and/or vintage buttons. Some styles have matching leashes which are sold separately.  They're made with sturdy velcro closures at the belly and neck which are easiest to put on and take off a pet and have been thoroughly tested for stability on my own Bichon Frise, muse and spokes model, Lacy.
The unique, pure alpaca and pima cotton sweaters and matching people scarves, are hand crocheted and utilize an eclectic mix of colors, textures and stitches in each garment. The wide rib turtle neck makes the sweaters easy to put on and off your pet  and again, were tested on my fussy Lacy who absolutely HATES anything to muss up her Bichon coif.  (such a diva!) They're hand washable and color fast.   Alpaca fiber is stronger and warmer than marino wool and perfect for those blustery winter days when even the thickest doggy hair isn't sufficient to keep out the cold.    The alpaca fibers actually contain microscopic air pockets that contribute to the creation of lightweight apparel with very high insulation value.  Alpaca is hypoallergenic and lanolin free, and does not retain or absorb moisture.
Lastly and most importantly, part of our proceeds is used to help local no kill shelters that promote pet adoption and provide fostering, food and health care to dogs of all ages and breeds until they find their forever home.
Lollypups Designer Pet Wear.......  It's "petwear you'd wear"!

Sirius Silver

My name is Sara Johnson, and I am the brains and hands behind Sirius Silver!  Everything you find in my shop is designed and hand crafted from the ground up by Yours Truly.
Creating art has always been a primary focus in my life, from the time I was old enough to put crayon to paper. From pen and ink, to canvas and paint, I have been making things from any material I could get my hands on. I first began selling my art during my early teens, in the form of whimsical polymer clay animal sculptures. Over the years, my sales record grew to include more substantial paintings and illustrations. My current obsession is creating one-of-a-kind jewelry for dogs and their humans from silver, brass and copper.
The act of creating art brings me great happiness, and no more so than when I can create something that makes my audience smile. I hope you enjoy the contents of my shop as much as I enjoyed creating them!

My Soleil 

Jacqueline Helitzer Winch, an accomplished potter, began her career in stained glass in 1969, by exchanging lessons in ceramics for stained glass with a young master glass craftsman’s apprentice from the UK.  As a student of art, fresh from UCLA, Jackie already had several years immersed in the arts, especially printmaking, weaving and ceramics before her first hands-on experience with a medium she had long admired.  
Back in the late 1960s, there was a resurgence of interest in stained glass in the US.  However, there were few modern tools (or any raw materials for that matter) available, and Jackie fashioned many of her own, purchasing the majority of her large glass sheets from Europe.  Although she continued to work in clay, printmaking and in fiber, her love of glass has kept her busy for decades.  For several years, Jackie worked as a studio artist and instructor for the prestigious Meredith Stained Glass Studios, Washington, D.C., where one of her greatest thrills was being selected to repair and restore a rare, antique Louis Comfort Tiffany lampshade for one of Meredith's clients.
  Jackie’s work can be found in private homes, professional offices,restaurants and other public sites from coast to coast in the U.S. as well as abroad.  In all her works; fitted panels, mosaics, three-dimensional, functional pieces, reproduction Tiffany lampshades, and her ever-evolving collection of Judaica, Jackie insists upon the highest quality, both in her materials as well as in her own workmanship.
  A former student of the Wichita Art Association, Stephens College, UCLA and Cranbrook, Jackie has been making her personal mark in the arts for over 40 years.  When asked about how she feels about herself as an accomplished glazier, Jackie responds that her greatest satisfaction is when her work pleases others.  “There will never be enough time to create all the designs I’d like to and each piece I do leads to the next with eager anticipation”.  A recent thrill in the 1990s, was the commission of one of her personalized kaleidoscopes to the art collection of Ringo Starr, London, England.  
Now finally settled in her Palm Springs desert home and art studio, Jackie is most often found working on some amazing new creation, where her skills are only surpassed by her endless imagination.  So many ideas, so little time...


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