"MEET the ARTISAN" is a blog series that spotlights Etsy New York Team artisans and their craft. In this feature, we learn more about Belinda, the creator of Spirit of the Druid.
Q: What is Spirit of the Druid? Can you briefly describe your business for us?
A: Spirit of the Druid creates handcrafted metal and gemstone jewelry that is inspired by nature and influenced by Celtic themes. I have always been fascinated by the Celts and nature has heavily influenced my art and creativity, and that is how Spirit of the Druid was created - an embodiment of my spiritual, personal, and creative journey.
Q: Some artisans develop their products to meet consumer needs, while others craft products based on things and/or experiences that inspire them. What is the inspiration behind your business?
A: The jewelry that I make is based on things that inspire me. Nature and Celtic themes are my biggest influences, but really, anything can inspire a new piece of jewelry. Sometimes it’s a photo, a dream, a story, another artist, or an idea will just pop into my head. Anything and everything is my inspiration!
Q: Oftentimes, each artisan has a different strategy and objective for their business. What are the next steps for you and your business?
A: The next steps for me and my business is to continue to learn and grow. I love making jewelry and learning more each day that I create it, so my goal is to continue making and learning, because as my knowledge grows, my business continues to grow as well.
Q: As many artisans look to grow and further develop their businesses, do you have some advice that you can share with fellow artisans?
A: Yes! - Always continue to learn about your craft, no matter what you work with. Keep learning and keep an open mind. The more you learn, the more you grow as an artisan and as a person, and the more your business can continue to grow.
Special thanks to Belinda for sharing with us. You can find her products showcased on her Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/SpiritOfTheDruid. And, details of her special product GIVEAWAY are below. Please enter for your chance to win!
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Oxidized Sterling Silver Ring set with White Topaz
This beautiful ring is made of sterling silver which has been oxidized and features a prong setting with a sparkling white topaz gemstone. Inspiration for this ring came from the contrast between the dark, night sky and the pale glow of the moon. White Topaz is a stunning gemstone that is known for its healing and energizing properties.
Entry period ends at 11:59pm on Monday, June 15, 2015.