Friday, February 21, 2014

Feature Friday

1. What is the name of your Etsy shop and why did you choose that name?
The name of our Etsy shop is Taylor Arts. We chose that name because we live and work in the little town of Taylor, Mississippi (pop. 290), which won the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts.

2. How long have you been on Etsy?
We opened our Etsy shop in December 2010, but didn't really get going until the start of 2011.
3. What type of items do you offer?
We offer a wide variety of items. My husband, Marc Deloach, makes beautiful reclaimed wood furniture. I make sterling silver and leather jewelry, acrylic paintings, photos, and we collaborate on hand painted wood fish.
4. How long have you been crafting?
We've been professional artists for almost two decades.

5. Who or What inspires you?
We're inspired by reclaimed materials (old wood, tin, rusted tools), rustic images, and an industrial farmhouse aesthetic.
6. What is your favorite item in your shop and why?
We love everything we make, so it's hard to choose a favorite, but right now the most stunning one-of-a-kind piece we have in our shop is a curved bar made by my husband from antique poplar.

7. Other places where you can be found?
Besides our Etsy shop, we can also be found at and at our brick and mortar gallery in Taylor, Mississippi, 90 minutes south of Memphis, Tennessee, and 15 minutes south of Oxford, Mississippi. Call 662-234-7958 for info and directions.
8. How do you describe your artistic style?
Our artistic style is first class rustic chic. We are both self-taught artists, but have been working full time at it for almost two decades, so our styles are very developed and widely recognized and collected by a number of institutions and private collectors.
9. Do you have set days or times to work on your craft?
We work on our art full time, usually seven days a week, unless we can steal a day or two off now and then.

10. What words of advice would you give others or to someone just starting out?
Our advice to others just starting out would be to find the thing you are passionate about. It won't be easy and it takes lots of time and dedication to make your vision into a reality, so you need to love what you're doing. Learn what you can from others, but then just plunge in and keep doing it, because that's how you really learn.
11. Tell a bit of personal info about yourself.
Marc and I live and work on an acre of land, where we grow or make almost everything we eat. We've got 22 chickens and a year-round vegetable garden. I make all of our breads and cheeses and every meal from scratch. Besides making art, we also play music in a band called the Hot Dangs and travel in our pop-up camper when we can.

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