Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Featured artist and giveaway: LamplighterJewelry

After a string of giveaways that I featured on spacefem.com, I realized it was time to feature them over here on my etsy blog where I can draw more attention to the wonderful shops I'm featuring! This month's artist is Emma from LamplighterJewelry: artisan jewelry that mixes urban and natural themes into pieces that are truly one of a kind!

She will be giving away this AMAZING cuff bracelet to one lucky winner! Entry details are below:

Large Cuff Bracelet - Metalwork - Leather - Pearl and BloodstoneLarge Cuff Bracelet - Metalwork - Leather - Pearl and Bloodstone
by LamplighterJewelry

Tell us a bit about yourself
Hi, I’m Emma, I’m originally from Wales, U.K but have lived in the States (Virginia) since 1991. The mountainous regions of Virginia remind me of Wales and I love that connection between my past and my present. I am personally driven with a yearning to explore many avenues in life and see life as an adventure, where I am a treasure hunter always seeking and searching. I am drawn to natural beauty and find magic and wonder all around me, from the intricacies of a skeleton leaf, water crashing against rocks, gnarly beach pebbles, driftwood, architecture, human nature, vulnerability and imperfection.
The youthful exuberance of my daughter Rhiannon and the boundless curiosity of my daughter Genevieve remind me of my childhood and how I spent countless days searching the garden for fairies, building birds’ nests, climbing mountains and trees, utilizing the things around me to imagine and create. I return to that place when I sit down and form a piece of jewelry.

Bold Metal Necklace - Oxidized Copper - Bloodstone - Beach Pebble - Crystal - Leather Wrapped ChokerMay 13th, 2012 - 30th place
Bold Metal Necklace - Oxidized Copper - Bloodstone - Beach Pebble - Crystal - Leather Wrapped Choker
by LamplighterJewelry

I began making jewelry in 2001 as a means of expressing myself in my own personal way. As a jewelry artist I am self taught for the most part. My style leans towards the free-form artsy flow with an earthy element and the uniqueness of my work stems from being raised in an environment where being different and finding your own voice was encouraged.
My husband John is a formerly trained artist and he is a true perfectionist. I had been married to John for ten years before I realized I had any artistic talent. I think his work, sense of individualism and work ethic have influenced both my style and the creating and finishing sides of my handcrafted jewelry and I value his input even now…ten years into making jewelry.

Blue Glass Earrings with Sterling SilverMay 10th, 2012 - featured
Blue Glass Earrings with Sterling Silver
by LamplighterJewelry

I have a lot to say and I like to say it, whether through speech, in writing or visually through my jewelry.

Feminine Necklace - Metalwork - Sterling Silver - Copper - Cultured Pearls and Sterling ChainFeminine Necklace - Metalwork - Sterling Silver - Copper - Cultured Pearls and Sterling Chain
by LamplighterJewelry

What got started creating handmade jewelry?
My friend Kate got me started creating handmade jewelry. She had a party at her home and showcased some beaded necklaces and bracelets she had made. I was amazed and impressed and felt the challenge to see if I could make jewelry too. I know, I know, I’m an extremely competitive person ;)

Anyway, I bought a few beading kits, tried a few necklaces and loved the results. I’ve never looked back.

Hill Tribe Silver Necklace - Silver Rose - Bold Red Coral - CrystalHill Tribe Silver Necklace - Silver Rose - Bold Red Coral - Crystal
by LamplighterJewelry

What got you to open your shop on etsy?
I commented on a necklace a good friend of mine was wearing and she said she’d purchased it off Etsy and suggested I open a store. That was the first I’d heard of Etsy and I’m so glad she did.

Metal Dangle Earrings - Fun and Bold - Green, Copper and SilverMetal Dangle Earrings - Fun and Bold - Green, Copper and Silver
by LamplighterJewelry

What inspires you?
I am inspired by many things, from my surroundings, found objects, places I visit, memories, but it’s the materials themselves that speak to me and dictate the outcome of the piece. This is especially true when I work with metal and wire. When I worked on my Spring Collection I started with a blank slate – no design in mind, no direction, no idea where I was going. I just let my hands and the copper wire work together, bending, twisting, coiling, working the wire by hand and with my needle nose pliers in tight spots. The freedom to create without a preconceived idea was exhilarating, but the best part was the outcome. Every shape is different, the patinas are different, the stones and pearls used in each piece are different and I love every piece.

Successes such as these and also failed attempts inspire me to keep going, to explore new techniques, new materials, new designs.

Metal Pendant Necklace - Brass - Black - Knitted Wire ChainMetal Pendant Necklace - Brass - Black - Knitted Wire Chain
by LamplighterJewelry

Have you bought anything cool off etsy lately?
Last week I bought some black mustache cupcake toppers for my older daughter as she loves baking cupcakes and she has a fetish with mustaches. She’s thrilled with them.

Tips for other etsy artists?
Patience, participate in your team threads, keep adding items to your store, tweak your titles, tags and descriptions regularly and keep a positive attitude.

Wire Wrapped Necklace - Copper - Leather - Sterling Silver - GlassWire Wrapped Necklace - Copper - Leather - Sterling Silver - Glass
by LamplighterJewelry

Contest Info

You must complete two steps to enter:

First, favorite her shop on etsy: etsy.com/shop/LamplighterJewelry

Second, let us know! Pick any way you choose, one entry per person:

1) Follow this blog & leave a comment on this blog entry along with your etsy shop link so we can contact you.

2) Post a twitter status update that mentions something like "Entering to win an artisan bracelet by LamplighterJewelry from http://etsycontest.blogspot.com/" (click here to tweet just that!)

3) Reply to our contest thread on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Spacefem

4) Reply to the thread on our forum at spacefem.com.

Must enter contest by May 23rd and winner will be announced May 24th! If selected as a winner you'll be asked for your Etsy account so we can verify that you favorited her on or before the 23rd. You will have six days to claim your prize. At least 10 people must enter for giveaway to happen, and after 100 entries the contest will end regardless of date. Winners can be from anywhere in the world. Okay, go!


  1. I visited lamplighter jewelry's etsy shop and put her store as a favorite. My favorite item was the Rustic Charm Necklace. I don't have an etsy store, but I am kellybb31

    I also tweeted about the giveaway!



  2. I like this copper ring, it's unique and so lovely.


    Item and shop added to Etsy favs (jcloh)

    Following via google reader, thanks for the giveaway.


  3. I favourite her shop: samanthatedesco
    And I'm in love for this:

  4. I added the shop to my favorites: melissaLulu

    I like this Feminine Necklace: http://www.etsy.com/listing/82547399/feminine-necklace-metalwork-sterling

    I also tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/LuluFleg/status/203020612384456705

  5. Gave lamplighter jewelry's etsy shop a heart on my etsy as magspie0

    Tweeted about the giveaway


  6. I heart Lamplighter Jewelry on Etsy - my Etsy name is Hurdler4eva
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  7. I tweeted about the giveaway, I'm @AmberGoo:
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  8. I hearted LamplighterJewelry on Esty, my user name is daer0n (with a zero).

    I tweeted:

    Nury77 at live dot ca

    Thank you! :)

  9. 1. I hearted Lamplighter Jewelry on Etsy as bloomingblossom
    2. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/3velyna/status/203120484232081415

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  10. Wow beautiful jewelry. I favorited the item and shop and tweeted about the contest .https://twitter.com/#!/HateCakeShirts/status/203167687319355392

  11. fave etsy under peachycharm

    tweet https://twitter.com/#!/StopDropandRead/status/203183921154887680

    faked_sugartone at hotmail

  12. this is one fabulous GA!the prize looks so attractive!

    Hearted on etsy as eugenia and love this and all the bracellets.


  13. I have favourited her shop on Etsy - Kirsty Fox

    I have tweeted - Red Garnet long drop cascade earrings gold filled

    Twitter - @bloomingfox
    Facebook - Kirsty Fox
    Email - robertfox24 [at] aol [dot] com

  14. Hearted the shop as jhbalvin.
    Tweeted here:

    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

  15. I favorited Lamplighter Jewlery on Etsy. user name is shaunawyspianski
    I tweeted giveaway, https://twitter.com/#!/smwwin/status/203735977699704832
    email: lennysma@gmail.com
    Thanks for chance at this beautiful bracelet, i would never want to take it off!

  16. I <3ed (kitm33)
    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/aznlily95/status/204049284327411713

    wizardnita AT gmail DOT com

  17. 1. Favourited the shop on etsy as Szabina L
    2. tweet:https://twitter.com/#!/szappanbubbi/status/204167577583357952

    porcukorborso at gmail dot com

  18. I favorited her etsy shop (ID Lubaska)
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

  19. I retweeted this contest: https://twitter.com/#!/mejlik/status/204220996532707328
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

  20. 1. I added her shop to my Etsy favorites- Cynthia Richardson (Hofken)
    2. Tweeted
    3. Liked and commented on Facebok


  21. Hearted her Etsy shop as LuckyAngel andGiveaways
    Tweeted : https://twitter.com/yulya_shenka/status/204888469363896320

  22. Favorited her shop as mkcarolino :)
    Replied to the contest thread on FB as Melody Kay Carolino


  23. Favourited the shop as ButterfliesSky



  24. I favorited her shop under TheEclecticElement on Etsy!

    2.) I tweeted:

    Thank you for this beautiful giveaway :)

    TheEclecticElement AT yahoo DOT com