Monday, October 3, 2011

In the Michigan Studio with Dancing Rain Designs and a Giveaway

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Today we’re in the middle of the “mitten” visiting with another Michigan artist whose work attracted me as soon as I first saw it and I knew I wanted to share it.  So … Here’s Lisa!

Your name: Lisa Fitzgibbon
Your etsy shop: Dancing Rain Designs


FK: What’s your favorite “cuppa” in the morning, Lisa?
 Coffee, preferably Paul Newman Special Blend!  

FK: I’m a coffee drinker too.  I wouldn’t be able to get started otherwise! I’ll pour the coffee while you tell us about where you live. 

Dancing Rain Jackson
I am from Jackson, in southeastern Michigan. It is a small town of about 35,000 people that has been hit hard by changes in the automobile industry. When I was young, Jackson was a fairly prosperous blue collar town, now most of the industry is gone.
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Cascades
We do have some very nice attractions here. The Cascades is a man-made waterfall 500 feet long and colored with thousands of multicolored lights. Opened in 1932, the falls are still a favorite tourist destination in the Jackson area. Visitors from every state and 33 countries have signed the guestbook. Firework displays are held here on holidays such as the Fourth of July and Labor Day. The park surrounding the falls had a championship golf course and beautiful walking trails. In the winter, it's a great place to sled! 

There is a thriving art and theatre community here. Shakespeare in the Park is a well-attended event with a different play done every year. We also host a hot air balloon festival every summer and Civil War Muster. 

The Ella Sharp Museum and Park houses a first class area for exhibits as well as a farm house "dressed" as it was in the 1800's. Just recently, it was the only place in Michigan to have an Ansel Adams exhibit that was quite spectacular. The park is known for its rose gardens and lovely areas for picnics and ball games.
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This fountain has a little sitting area across from the shopping areas where sometimes festival events are set up, such as classic car night or a race weekend.  NASCAR is a big deal here in Jackson because we are so close to Michigan International Speedway. Race weekends bring visitors from all over the US and Canada to our little town.


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The Art 634 building is  an old warehouse that has been turned into small arts and crafts shops, also an art school for children.

Our town is also quite well known for Jackson State Prison but I’d rather have it be known for the arts!

 FK: How did you get started in art?
I took painting lessons when I was very young, but other than a few jewelry classes and one digital class online, I am mostly self- taught. I have always loved color and all kinds of arts and crafts. I’m always on to something new. Unfortunately, that leaves many unfinished projects all over my house!
Pearls and Lace Fine Art Print

silver charm bracelet

Sweet hearts

FK: Talk to me about your etsy shop. Your current shop is a combination of jewelry and digital art. When did you open?
I started my etsy shop in February 2010 but didn’t stock it until May 2010. I had to have surgery on my left elbow and was off work for 8 weeks. During that time I fell in love with digital art. I decided to post a few of my digital prints for sale to see how it went and the response has been gratifying. It’s nice to know other people like what you create. 

I will be opening a new etsy shop for cards and handmade gift tags, probably in another month or so. You’ll have to come and check it out soon!  taggyouareit

FK: Tell me about your creative life. What do you love doing the most?
I have been making jewelry for about 7 years and took up bead weaving about 3 years ago. I have really eclectic taste. I especially love metals, copper and silver, and use them a lot in my designs.
Gray Night 13 Strand Beadwoven Bracelet

Digitally, I never know what I will do next. I may find a public domain photograph and layer it with any multitude of textures or pieces of ephemera to make my final print.
Coral Rose Fine Art Print

The Swan, Ballet Fine Art Print

I have taken two classes online for my digital art as well as participating in challenges on flickr and the website Digital Whisper.  There are hundreds of tutorials online to help with techniques. 
Ackerson Fine Art Print

I feel my art is intuitive. Sometimes I may layer 4 images, sometimes 74 images!  I use Photoshop Elements now, but would like to get the whole Photoshop CS5 suite at some point.  Of course I'll have to find a good tutorial!
The Boat Fine Art Print

FK: Where do you do your art?
I have several areas in my home I work in. My office, or studio, is a small bedroom where I paint, work on mixed media and do bead weaving. In my basement, my husband built me a wall of cabinets with a counter to work on my jewelry. Luckily it’s sturdy for all the pounding I do on metal! Then of course I do my digital prints on the computer at my kitchen table. I use a scanner for old pieces of ephemera I find including family pictures and items I pick up at antique markets.
Carnations Fine Art Print

FK: What part of being an artist is the most gratifying to you? What part of being an artist is hardest for you, or that you dislike the most?
In my normal day job, I’m a dental hygienist. I have been practicing for 26 years, 13 of those in Chelsea Michigan. I love my job, but any health care profession can be stressful. My art helps relieve me of the stress of work plus being the mother of two teenagers!

My family is very supportive of my need to create. I try to do a little art each day, even if it’s only choosing photographs for future projects or going through my (huge) bead stash. I wish I were more versed on mixed media techniques. I admire so many artists and hope to accomplish at least some level of competency in collage.
Mixed media Puerto Rico Night

FK: Well, Lisa, I think you are doing just fine!  Your work is beautiful.  Now tell us about your giveaway for one lucky person.
I would like to give away a $25 gift certificate to my shop.

FK: That is wonderful!  Here’s how they can win.

How to Enter
You have several chances to be entered into the random drawing. Each one must be entered as a separate comment. 
First entry: Visit Lisa’s shop or blog, come back here, and enter a comment about your favorite piece(s).
Second entry: Enter a comment if you have signed up to follow Lisa’s blog (or comment if you already follow).
Third entry: Enter a comment if you have signed up to follow Lisa’s Facebook page.
Fourth entry: Enter a comment that you signed up to follow my blog (or comment that you already follow).
Fifth entry: Enter a comment that you signed up to follow my Facebook page (or comment that you are already a fan).

That's five chances to enter for the random drawing!  Please be sure that your correct email address is in your profile; if it is not, include your email address in your comment.  I will use random generator to pick a winner after 12 noon EDT on

 
Tuesday, October 11
Good luck to all of you!

99 comments:

  1. The Purple Kiwi Stone and Fluorite Bracelet is my favorite!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  2. I follow Lisa's blog publicly with google friend connect
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  3. I follow/like you on Facebook at another bright idea! My FB name is Amanda Moore
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  4. I follow your blog publicly with google friend connect
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  5. I really like the color on the Daffodil Fine Art Print 8x10.

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  6. I l ike her jewerly. There are several earrings i'd like to have but picking just one would be the Sparkling Danglers.

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  7. I adore the Handcrafted Sodalite and brass necklace (needless to say this is one of my fav gemstones)!

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  8. Following your blog on GFC

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  9. I like the sparkly danglers earrings.
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  10. Visited Lisa -my favorite piece is the amazing Turquoise Dawn Wire Wrapped Copper Necklace

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  11. I follow Lisa’s blog (as deb_oro)

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  12. I signed up to follow Lisa’s Facebook page (as Despina Vnt)


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  13. I signed up to follow your blog (as deb_oro)

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  14. i super love the Rhinestone Charm Necklace

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  15. im following Lisa's blog =)
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  16. im an FB fan of Lisa's fan page
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  17. im also following your blog via GFC as Jel

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  18. im also an FB fan of another bright idea

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  19. I follow your Facebook page (as Depsina Vnt)

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  20. My fav is the amazing Turquoise Dawn Wire Wrapped Copper Necklace

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  21. Love the Wallflower Pendant with Turquoise drop!
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  22. Love the purple kiwi stone bracelet!

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  23. my favorite item is the Sparkling danglers
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  24. i am a public gfc follower of your blog as uk7ss At yahoo DOT com

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  25. I love how simple these are:
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  26. I like Lisa's Facebook page as jill.hogan

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  27. I follow Another Bright Idea on GFC.

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  28. I follow your facebook as jill.hogan

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  29. I love the Wire wrapped Gold and mango earrings!

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  30. I like the somewhere 8x10 collage fine art print.

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  31. I like the Green Dyed Shell and Crystal Earrings, such breezy colors.

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  32. Already follow your blog, thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  33. I like the Bridal Creamy Freshwater Pearl Earrings!

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  34. Love this set sail print
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  35. I love Freshwater Pearl and Bali Silver Bracelet!
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  36. I follow Lisa’s blog via GFC as Lulu
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  37. I follow Dancing Rain Designs on Facebook: Olesia Flegka
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  38. I folow your blog via GFC: Lulu
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  39. I follow you also on FB: Olesia Flegka
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  40. I love the Silver and Celtic Knot earrings
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  41. I follow your blog- mframe00
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  42. I like you on FB- Michelle Frame
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  43. love the Gray Night 13 Strand Beadwoven Bracelet

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  44. I think the Rose Collage Pendant and the Black and Silver Sardonyx Bracelet are pretty!

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  45. I like the Vintage girl image reversible necklace

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  46. following you via GFC as Lillea

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  47. I love the Autumn Jasper earrings!
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  48. OMG! There are too many really great things to choose from (and I'm not just saying that)
    But if I HAVE to pick a favorite I really like the Pink Amethyst and silver earrings!!

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  49. I follow Dancing in the Rain on GFC as zaira_faith

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  50. I like Dancing Rain Designs on facebook (same name)

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  51. I follow @dancingrainlisa on twitter as zaira_faith

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  52. I follow you on GFC as zaira_faith

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  53. I like you on facebook (same name)

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  54. I love her Castle 8x10 Collage Fine Art Print
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  55. following her blog via gfc
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  56. following her on fb
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  57. following your blog via gfc
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  59. I like Sweet Hearts Earrings.

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  60. GFC Follower of your blog.

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  61. I love this bracelet: http://www.etsy.com/listing/77992659/riveting-oxidized-copper-and-silver

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  62. GFC follower (as beads by roni)

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  63. Some of my favorite pieces: Wallflower Pendant with turquoise and the pearl & silver earrings.

    Love her items!!!

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  64. Following Lisa's blog as nofearpapertiger

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  65. Like Dancing Rain Designs on FB

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  66. Following your blog as nofearpapertiger

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  67. Like your page on FB

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  68. I love the Freshwater Pearl and Bali Silver Bracelet.

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  69. I signed up to follow Lisa’s blog

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  70. I signed up to follow Lisa’s Facebook page.

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  71. I follow your blog

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  72. I follow your Facebook page

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  73. I love the Gray Night 13 Strand Beadwoven Bracelet!

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  74. following you via GFC

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  75. following Lisa's blog via GFC

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  76. I love the Autumn Jasper earrings, but honestly I'd love to have any of the lovely earrings.
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  77. Love the flapper with headband print!
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  78. My fav item is: http://www.etsy.com/listing/71879677/purple-kiwi-stone-and-fluorite-bracelet

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  79. I follow your blog via GFC as Adela

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  80. I liked your Facebook page as Delline Adela

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  81. My favorite item from the shop is the Handcrafted Sodalite and brass necklace.

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  82. I follow this blog with GFC as A. Tolar.

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  83. I like you on facebook as Alison Faith Tolar.

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  84. my fav is the Copper bracelet with dragonfly charm. so pretty.
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  85. I love this huskies print. I hope I win!
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  86. I am following your blog.

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  87. I like the Handcrafted copper charm bracelet
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  88. My favorite piece is the pair of Turquoise and fuschia earrings

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  89. I signed up to follow Lisa's blog via GFC - Cynthia Richardson

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  90. I Like Lisa's Facebook page - Cynthia M Richardson

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  91. Signed up to follow your blog via GFC - Cynthia Richardson

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  92. I Like your Facebook page - Cynthia M Richardson

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  93. My fav piece is: http://www.etsy.com/listing/48752840/eiffel-mixmedia-pendant-on-chain

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  94. I follow Lisa's blog via GFC: Oana

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  95. I follow you on FB: Oana Catalina.

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  96. I follow your blog via GFC: Oana.

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  97. My oh my :o I love the Eiffel mixmedia pendant on chain! :o

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  98. I like the circle copper earrings.

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