Handmade Monday: Raven Creations

Welcome to the seventeenth artist interview on miscellany!

Love, 12x9 original ($25)
Love, 12×9 original ($25)

(1) Tell us about yourself: I was born and raised in Michigan in the metro-Detroit area. I moved up north to Bentley, MI a year ago to be closer to my mom and boyfriend. It was a change I needed in my life, to leave the busy city for a quieter life.

I have a 5 yr old Boston Terrier (Mattie). She is like my baby. And living with my boyfriend, we also have his 16 yr old lab (Ebby).
A typical day: Tuesday through Thursday I get up and go to my day job at a law firm 36 miles away from home. At night I will come home, make dinner, take care of the dogs, and spend time relaxing by either watching tv or working in a project. The weekends are always busy. Either going to auctions, taking a day trip, or we attend antique/craft shows as vendors.

 

(2) Tell us about what you create: I started off with knitting scarves about 15 yrs ago as a hobby. I would make soaps, candles, and lotions and give them away as gifts.

In the past five years I started painting. I have only had 2 formal classes with Vivacious Jo downstate, but they were not just about technique. The classes were more about getting in touch with yourself. I love to paint, abstract, based upon how I am feeling personally. Every piece is different. I have been inspired by music, thoughts I have driving, and love to paint while listening to One Tree Hill playing on tv in the background.
I would love to turn this into more than a hobby now. I never thought of selling my art until a friend I knew asked if he could buy a piece I painted based upon a picture he showed me of when he was working for DTE and it was him in the sky working on the power lines. I just thought the lighting in the picture was amazing so I wanted to recreate it on canvas. I didn’t know how to go about trying to sell anything though until I met my current boyfriend. He is interested in antiques and coins and he is the one that encouraged me to start selling and display my work.
I also make zipper bracelets, distressed mason jars, and Christmas ornaments.

 

Tidal Wave, 4x7 wall painting ($17.99)
Tidal Wave, 4×7 wall painting ($17.99)

(3) Tell us about your handmade art business: I do most of my work in the living room. I love to sit on the floor at the coffee table with music or the tv on in the background for noise. I don’t like quiet. I keep my supplies ticked away in my craft room, organized in dressers so I know where everything is. I’m a neat freak.

I came up with my name because I am inspired a lot by what I see or how I am feeling while I am driving. And I love the show One Tree Hill and their basketball team is the Ravens.

(4) Tell us about your customers: They could be anyone. I am not trying to market to any one person, although with my jewelry and scarf accessories, I tend to see more women. With my art, I just hope to inspire others and it is age appropriate for anyone. Some of my art is inspirational and great to give as a gift and some would be based upon a persons personal taste.

Goddess Within, 12x16 original ($3.99)
Goddess Within, 12×16 original ($3.99) >> My favorite!!

(5) Tell us where we can find your art: I sell on eBay under user name RavensCreations. I have a Facebook page. My boyfriend and I also sell at local mid-Michigan vendor events. For details as to when and where, people can follow me in twitter or FB. We have sold at the Big Ol Barn Sale and the Midland Antique Festival, both in Midland Michigan. We have attended tractor shows, been to 28th Street Studio in Grand Rapids, MI and Burley Park.

(6) Tell us about your support: I get encouragement from my mom and boyfriend. My boyfriend and I work together to set up for vendor shows. The work I create is my own, although I will bounce ideas around with my boyfriend if I’m feeling blocked.

Snowy Road, 10x10 original ($17.00)
Snowy Road, 10×10 original ($17.00)

(7) Tell us about your favorites: I follow the artist vivacious jo and Echo Vaas Art on Facebook. Their work is inspiring. I love the shop Country Chic Creations in Houghton Lake, MI. The owner there is so nice and very talented. We both live the color turquoise. And I follow some of the etsy forums on FB as well to see what other artists struggles are with creating and selling in order to learn and better myself for when the time comes for me to start selling more on etsy.

(8) Tell us anything else: I am self taught, learn from my mistakes, and continue to learn daily. I have made major life changes within the past year, giving up a full time job of 10 yrs to move up north with no job and only knowing my mom, her friends, and my boyfriend. I was inspired and compelled to paint one day and starting painting, having never painted before. I love to make people happy and to put a smile on their face when they find a piece they live that I created. It’s why I do what I do.

And for advice, never give up. Dreams do come true as much of a cliche as it is. Sometimes when you are stuck in a rut, a change of scenery is all you need to make life great and successful.

I really hope you’ve enjoyed the interview with Dana! Please take a look at all the wonderful items in her eBay shop and consider purchasing a painting or two!

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