Patricia of the jewelry shop, Tippy Stockton, recently shared some images with me of her cheery, turquoise studio nestled on Pugent Sound. There's a lot to see in this small (adorable) space, and all the photos are below. But before we get to that, I also asked Patricia a few questions about her studio and her vintage inspired jewelry line...
-You have so many designs, and the styles range from quirky antique vibes to fun and funky feelings. So, I am curious to know how you describe your work?
I would have to say that I am completely inspired by color, texture and all things Vintage. I inherited a jewelry box of Vintage pieces that belonged to my Mom and Grandmother. I realized they still had a place in today’s world, so I just put a new spin on them.
-How long have you been creating jewelry?
Really just for a couple of years since the death of both of my parents. I was kind of a lost soul; I didn’t know what I wanted to do other than to be by myself. So I set up a table and began creating, and here I am today.
-It's inspiring to hear that something positive came out of such a tragic situation for you. Do you have any advice for other artists who may be just starting out, or are struggling to be seen?
This is still a tough one for me. I always want more. Be yourself, network with friends and family, do shows, start a blog – just put yourself out there.
-Absolutely. Speaking of putting yourself out there, your studio is oozing with personality. It's absolutely adorable. Where is it located?
My sweet studio sits on a bit of land on our property under a huge Spruce tree and surrounded by Lilacs, hydrangea’s, and roses. I live on Puget Sound in WA state just a few blocks from the water.
-Sounds amazing. How many hours per week do you spend there?
-You seem pretty active with promoting your shop outside of the Etsy community. What ways do your promote yourself and your work online?
I have a blog, where I try to write something about my work at least once a week. I then post it to my Facebook page, which then posts it to Twitter. I have an ETSY Site, but I’m in the process of opening my own website. I’ve also been very lucky to have been featured in Lucky Magazine, 425 Magazine (a local magazine for the Seattle area), Matthew Mead Holiday, and the upcoming book from Where Women Cook.
-Congrats on those recent features. Print publication are a great way to get your name out there. I actually have one last question for you... What artist or artisan would you most like to work with on a project in your lifetime? And why?
I would have loved to have worked with Miriam Haskell, a jewelry designer at the turn of the last century. She had such an eye for detail and beauty for the simplest things.
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