Monday, April 28, 2008

The Peach Tree

I have the thrill of introducing you to The Peach Tree! A dear friend and brilliantly creative soul, Ms Peach Tree's shop is filled to the brim with priceless creations, ranging from delicate earrings to exquisite necklaces! Her blog is so clever and generous and inspiring as well, you must go and see!

PS. As a quick note, I'm presently having internet difficulties at home, so my posts may be infrequent (we're hoping this glitch gets fixed pronto). In mean time, enjoy this interview!

1. What do you create?
I piece together stones and semi precious stones into wearable creations.

2. What led you to take up your craft?
My boyfriend and I have a passion for rocks and minerals. My collection was growing at such a rate we got to talking about other directions we could go with it that wouldn't clutter up our itty bitty apartment :) I had always found it difficult to find some of my favorites (you always see the carnelian, turquoise and quartz in bounty) so here we are!

3. Which part of your work do you most enjoy?
I truly love all of it. The selection of stones, receiving and cataloging of stones, then the combining and assemblage. It's all pretty awesome. But that all goes along with my tireless attention to detail....

4. Which part do you find most trying?
Finding specific gems can be particularly exhausting. Especially if someone has come to me specifically for a custom piece and I just can't get my hands on the materials.
5. Where do you get your inspiration?
Oh my, everywhere! I love being outside and taking pictures of everything around us. It's surprising even to me that there is so much nature at the fingertips of Brooklyn. We never run out of new places to explore. Whether it be a safari adventure at our local zoo, visiting the old train cars down in Red Hook or taking the long hill down to DUMBO to laze past the old Tobacco Warehouse to the waterfront.

7. What is your favorite medium to work with?
Hmm, that's tough. I'd say Labradorite is one of my favorites for it's versatility and cameleon like coloring.
8. What is your favorite item that you have purchased off of Etsy?
That's a toughie. I'd have to see this troop of owls that we got from audelaine back when I was just a buyer on etsy :) Here's one of the family of 5 that we got:

9. What is your favorite item in your shop right now? That would have to be it right now. It's so bold and sexy :)

10. What are your favorite top three items from other artists shops?
This dress from gaiaconceptions. I've had to re heart it about 4 times already!
This photograph from HeidiShannon And this little French dude from eikumpel

11. What undiscovered artisans would you recommend the world to know?
So many! Everyone that I've ever done a feature on over at the Peach blog. Otherwise, let's see:
Eggman Studios


Julia said...

Please forgive the funky composition! While away from my office, it's tricky managing the more designy aspects of my page :) Oi! I know you'll bear with me and enjoy the interview!

Sandra Evertson said...

Great blog you have here!
Sandra Evertson

diana @ please sir said...

Great Q&A - thanks for sharing!

wunderbug said...

thanks for sharing - what a great interview! (and i totally love that dress from gaiaconceptions .. i did a thorough look-through of her shop when she was featured on etsy ... not to mention, i LOVE her shop name. i was going to name mine something along the same lines but... then i didnt.)

totally pointless story, sorry!

regardless, thanks for bringing all of these cool sellers to front & centre stage, julia!

T said...

A lovely interview with a very lovely lady!

Waterrose said...

Thanks for interviewing The Peach of my favorite shops!

Mrs.French said...

Wonderful interview...I love Ms. Peachtree!

earmark said...

Fantastic interview and feature - PEach tree rocks!

picciolo said...

What a great interview Julia, I've been reading Peachtrees blog for a while, its nice to find out more about her. Thank you for my birthday song, you really made me smile
: )

Anonymous said...

Nice blog!

Ullja's 2 etsy shops have been closed. The bakery was run out of her mother's house, it was not a B&M as she claimed, and she was in Italy, not baking in Texas. It was unlicensed.

The beadshop was closed by Etsy due to Ullja buying other artisans' lampwork beads and selling them as her own creations.