Home Sweet Home

I love house hunting, so when our dear Bermudian friends bought their first home together, I couldn’t have been more excited for them! I’m being recruited to help decorate, but in the mean time, I wanted to get them a housewarming gift.

Homes have names here—thanks European colonization!—and they decided to change theirs to something more unique than the original (Bella Fiore is a little bland, no?) and settled on the name of the hubby’s Irish hometown, so I thought it would be neat to call attention to that with their gift.

Normally I probably would have gone with a letterpress print or the like, but I’m not sure they’re really large-scale typography people, plus you know how obsessed I’ve been with watercolors lately. So I painted a picture of their new home!

Ballyknock_6048I was a bit nervous about how it would turn out, so I didn’t tell anyone what I was up to. Only after I got the boyfriend’s reassurance did I pop it in a frame and ask when I could drop it off. They’re over the moon and I’m super happy with the results as well!

I’ve been thinking of offering commissioned pieces along these lines in my etsy shop—what do you think?

Ballyknock_6049

FeYerwerks

I first wrote about feYerwerks way back in 2008, and have been watching what Bob has come up with ever since. As I admitted way back then, I’m quite envious of how his brain works, so who better to give us a little insight into his creative process?

Tell us about your work—why do you create what you do?
I mostly create things because I love to. I actully love making the boxes more for the products but there is no money in that right now. I was trained as an Architect and I am in the process of becoming an architect. Most of what I make on Etsy I use in my daily life.

How did you learn your craft?
My dad was a home remodeler so I have been working with tools since I was a kid. I currently build architecture models for a living.

How has your work evolved?
My work is a constant struggle between doing what I want and trying to do what I think others want.

What is your greatest challenge?
My greatest challenge is marketing and sales. I have the ideas. I even have the patents. I would love to have someone else sell the things I make.

What inspires you?
I get inspired by architects and architecture and art.

 How did you discover etsy.com?
I was referred to etsy by a friend, I mostly use it as a portfolio site. Sales have been minimal. I have been on the site since 2008 and I am approching $1,000.00 in sales. My mini URBAN CALENDAR and URBAN CALENDAR have been published in 2 books as a result of being found on Etsy: Creative Calendar Collection, page 236 and Save 7he Date, Section #5, pages 35 and 36.

Where can readers find your work?
Currently my work is not in any other venus other venues but I would love to have some other venues sell my things!
You can check out urbancalendar.blogspot.com for other ides about on how to use the URBAN CALENDAR.

What advice do you have for new etsians?
Treat it as a hobby or partime deal until things pick up.

feYerwerks

Heart Box
Heart Box

The testing grounds for the creative genius of Bob Feyereisen, feYerwerks is an innovative oasis for those looking for smart handmade items. Each piece is thought through from beginning to end and exceedingly well designed and crafted. As a designer these are the types of pieces I wish I had bopping around in my brain: beautiful in their execution and perfect in their concept.

2009 Urban Calendar
Urban Calendar