Today’s featured artist is Scott from Locket2You. Lockets evoke such memories for me as my mom always had one with pictures of me and brother. Lockets are a beautiful jewelry staple that allow you the wearer to wear a beautiful piece of jewelry as well as keep close to you those that are special.
1) Tell us about yourself – name, location, any personal tidbits
I’m Scott McCarty of Portland Oregon and I used to play bridge with a Persian Princess and dated an actress that made out with Richard Grieco in a movie.
2) When you are not creating items, what do you do for fun?
Well, for fun I help out with my son’s kindergarten class where I am known as Zombie Daddy. They make me chase them around the playground like a zombie. I think this upsets some of the up tight parents but these kids need to learn how to run away from the undead, its a life skill I help them develop. I also like to keep up UFO sightings and other paranormal activities. I give my wife nightmares listening to Coast to Coast AM every night.
3) When did you first recognize/accept that you were an artist?
I first wanted to be an Artist when I was a kid, but mom soon squelched that! It has taken me years to finally come to terms that I am an artist, sorry mom. My wife, Miranda, is truly a born artist and she has helped me accept that I am not a corporate ladder climber. Needless to say my wife and my mom…. well lets just leave that to your imagination.
4) Describe your creative process – idea first or material first?
Idea first! I used to be a construction project manager. My job was to fix anything and everything so I learned that just about anything can be done. I have about 10 great ideas in my head right now that I hope to work on in the future. They range from fabric to radio to road side tourist attractions.
5) Describe a typical day for yourself in your studio?
I love to wake up around 5am and make my coffee and feed the cats, all five of them! I start up Twitter and check my Etsy site for sales and convos. I then check the lockets that I worked on the night before to make sure the resin is curing properly. After that it is keeping up on what the world is talking about, looking for new ideas and seeing what my other Etsy friends are doing. I wake up my son and make him breakfast and then it is off to school. Once I get back home around 10 I start working on new lockets and see what might work and what doesn’t. Time flies then I go and pick up my son from school and we play for awhile at the park with the other kids. We get back home make dinner and chill for little bit. Once the kid is in bed I get ready to pour the resin on the lockets that I worked on that day and for orders that need to be filled. Thankfully, with the print at home shipping I can just drop my packages off and not stand in that awful line at the post office.
6) Besides Etsy, how do you promote your work?
Twitter! I love to tweet my work. Word of mouth and advertising and doing craft shows where I hand out a ton of business cards.
7) Any advice for other artisans?
Stay positive! You cannot work in fear or doubt. Good things happen everyday you just have to be willing to see them. Oh and eat a good breakfast.
Thanks to Scott for sharing with all of us. Below are more pictures of Scott’s work including locket earrings – how cute are they!!!!! If you click on any of the pictures, they will take you directly to their Etsy listing page for you to purchase and have for your very own.
If you are an artisan that would like to have your handcrafted lovelies, featured, send me an email.