Metal-smith and jeweler Marisa Messick recently got in touch with me and I'm so glad she did! She is creating amazing things with metal and clay and I'm so excited to introduce you all to her beautiful work.....
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Let’s start at the beginning. Tell us a little about yourself...
Hi! I’m Marisa, the owner and maker of Marisa Messick Jewelry. I have a degree in Craft and Material studies with a concentration in jewelry from Virginia Commonwealth University. I recently moved from Richmond, VA to Eugene, Oregon where I live with my boyfriend and our two dogs.
How/when did your shop get started?
Once I moved to Oregon in the fall, I set up my jewelry studio in my house. Having my studio space so close to me has made me really focus on what I want to accomplish and getting my shop started.
Tell us about your process. What inspires your designs? How do you create your jewelry?
Nature is such a big influence on my work. Right now I’ve been really inspired by crystal clusters, coral and honeycombs. I am constantly looking for new colors, shapes or patterns that I find in nature to incorporate into my jewelry. Once I have an idea that I’m excited about I’ll spend a lot of time sketching, planning and making sure I know exactly what my plan is. Usually my finished pieces will look almost identical to my sketch.
You have so many great pieces! Do you have a favorite?
Thank you! My favorites right now are the black crystal cluster earrings (below). I’ve been wearing them everyday. They are pretty light, small and unobtrusive, which makes them great for everyday wear, yet they are interesting and unique enough to stand out and a little something to an outfit.
What advice would you give to aspiring artists/designers? How about someone looking to open an online shop?
I’m a pretty new shop myself and some days can be a little bit discouraging. Every day I have to tell myself to not give up and to keep persisting. Rejection means that you at least tried. Something that I am continually practicing is patience… good things take time.
The best thing about owning your own small business?
I think the best part is that I have complete control over how everything looks, from my jewelry, to my images, to packaging. It’s so much fun to be constantly experimenting to see what does work for me and what doesn’t.
What can we look forward too? Anything new in the works?
I’ve been looking for different ways to introduce some color into my work for spring. I recently bought a kiln so I’ve been playing around with enameling. I'm hoping to have some fun new jewelry out soon with enamel and gemstones.
Just for fun, how about some rapid fire questions? Answer with the first thing that pops in your head. GO!
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I'm completely in love with Marisa's jewelry... especially this cluster ring… and these stackable rings! Her pieces are beautiful, original and made my hand... and lots of love! I'm super excited to see the Spring line and can't wait to see what she does with that kiln!
For more about Marisa Messick Jewelry:
+ Visit the shop!
+ Get inspired - follow her blog.
+ Like Marisa Messick Jewelry on Facebook.
+ Follow along on Instagram
roasted chickpeas! Have you had them before? They might sound weird and I can't even believe that I'm snacking on them, but they are a tasty and healthy snack that I'm hooked on! They definitely help satisfy my craving for something crunchy/salty. I've been making spicy ones (similar to these), but really want to make these honey-cinnamon ones next!
a new camera! I've had my eye on the Canon Rebel T3i for a while, so if anyone has it, I'd love to hear what you think of it! Or if you have any other suggestions or recommendations, I'm all ears!
Bosco's birthday! He's going to be 13 in a few weeks and I just can't believe it! We've always celebrated his birthday, but this year calls for something a little bigger. He's not a young pup anymore (even though he still acts like it sometimes) so I want to make this birthday and every extra one we get extra special! And isn't that pup cute? I think I need to get Bosco a crown! ;)
our trip back home!!! Not really excited about the cold and snow, but I can't wait to spend some quality time with my family and friends! This trip is much needed and long overdue!
quite a few design projects! Design work has definitely been picking up and I couldn't be happier! I just launched a design for Kendall over at Dipped In Yellow and I have several new projects in the works…. plus I've been working on some new prints for the shop! So stay tuned....
all of you! Just wanted to say thank you again for all the support with my shop and for hanging in there even though the blog has been pretty quiet lately. Thank you! xo
What's something on your "currently" list? I'd love to know!
Happy Friday everyone! Just wanted to say hi and share a few snaps from my phone and give you a little update because things have been very quiet around here. I've been working on some new posts/ideas, so hopefully things won't stay quiet for much longer!
One of the biggest things lately, was the launch of my print shop! :) You guys are so amazing! THANK YOU so much for all your comments, tweets and love about my new adventure! I'm super excited and can't wait to design more prints! I already have a few ideas in mind. :)
Design work as also been keeping me very busy! (I'm working on several new blog designs and a logo design!) I love going to Barnes & Noble and spent the morning getting inspired. Sometimes you just need to step away from the computer and Pinterest and flip through pages of an actual book.
And it's pretty crazy that last week we spent the afternoon at the beach, and this week we got snow! And literally, the whole area just shut down. They closed the schools for 3 days (THREE DAYS!!!) for a light dusting and cold temps!
Thanks again for all the love! Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
Try and stay warm! ;)
PS: Bosco says hi and wants to remind you that FREE shipping ends on Sunday! ;)
labels: life lately
Cue the confetti! The print shop is open! :)
I am so EXCITED because I've been wanting to do this for the longest time! I finally took the plunge and opened a shop through Society6. The artwork you see on Society6 is created by artists/designers from all around the world. They produce your product using high quality materials, and ship it to you on behalf of the artist!
Not only can you get fabulous art prints, but they have lots of other fun products like iphone cases, totes and even coffee mugs! :)
This is just the beginning! I'm taking baby steps with this little adventure. (I would love to eventually open my own shop so I can explore different printing options and package and ship the products myself, but for now, this will do!) It's just so cool to see my designs available for sale! I’ll be adding new designs frequently, so keep checking back! Also, let me know if you have any suggestions for quotes/colors and I’ll definitely consider adding it to the mix!
There is a promotion going on right now for FREE shipping! Click here to visit my shop and make sure to check out all the other great artists too! Thank you all for your love and support! xoxo
Guys, I am very pleased to announce my new little shop is ALMOST ready to open! This is something that I've been wanting to do for a while now, and I finally took the jump! Things are going to be quiet around here a little longer as I finish up the first line and finish up a few blog designs! This is the busiest I've been in a while, and boy does it feel good! :)
Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday and thanks again for following along! And if you have any inspiring quotes (or color options) you'd like me to use, shoot me an email or leave a comment. I'm always open to hearing your ideas!
Stay tuned for more..... xo
Guys! Christmas is in 2 days! Let the holiday festivities and non-stop eating begin! :)
Things will be pretty quiet around here the next week or so, but I just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, filled with lots of love and wonderful memories! Thanks so much for following along this past year and for all your love and support! I can't wait to see what 2014 has in store!
Merry Christmas! xo
Hey everyone! Can you believe Christmas is next week?! I still have lots of wrapping to do, Christmas music to listen too, cookies to eat and the magic of the Season to enjoy! I'm over at She Inspires today sharing my fave things about Christmas!
Head on over, say hi and see why I love this time of year so much!
Seeing animal abuse is seriously one of the saddest things ever. Those ASPCA commercials always get to me! I have so much love for my pup and it makes me so sad that there are animals out there that don't have warm, loving homes and families.
I wanted to spread the word about some downloadable goodies that Corina made and all proceeds will go to the Ark Animal Shelter for food and medicine. I downloaded the note to self and the checklist and love them! Super cute (and affordable) downloads and you're helping a good cause! Win, win if you ask me!
You can visit Corina's blog for more info, or visit her Etsy shop to download your goodies.
This is the season of giving, so if you can, try and remember our furry friends this Holiday season. Consider making a donation (money, food, treats, toys, cleaning supplies) to your local animal shelter. Every little bit helps!