Studio Cicada's Profile

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Growing up in an artistic household, The Cicadas didn't always have an appreciation of all things handmade. Their mother was a Martha Stewart type, and they were too young to appreciate it. It was their mom's creativity that eventually sparked a love for art in those two little girls. They both went on to pursue more knowledge of the art world. With their backgrounds in fine arts, art history, photography, graphic / jewelry / and textile design... it was handmade that brought them home. Literally. They opened their first brick and mortar store in their hometown in 2004. The store was a sort of artisan boutique for North Carolina artists (think etsy without the internet). It was slightly a little ahead of it's time. It wasn't until about three years later that the world actually began to embrace the handmade revolution. At this time, The Cicadas were beginning to explore their own individual talents. One went on to have a…

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About

Growing up in an artistic household, The Cicadas didn't always have an appreciation of all things handmade. Their mother was a Martha Stewart type, and they were too young to appreciate it. It was their mom's creativity that eventually sparked a love for art in those two little girls. They both went on to pursue more knowledge of the art world. With their backgrounds in fine arts, art history, photography, graphic / jewelry / and textile design... it was handmade that brought them home. Literally. They opened their first brick and mortar store in their hometown in 2004. The store was a sort of artisan boutique for North Carolina artists (think etsy without the internet). It was slightly a little ahead of it's time. It wasn't until about three years later that the world actually began to embrace the handmade revolution. At this time, The Cicadas were beginning to explore their own individual talents. One went on to have a very successful digital collage shop while also holding the role of Creative Director at Raleigh's largest news paper, and the other went on to have a successful jewelry shop on both Etsy and Big Cartel. While they were constantly working together to help the other get ahead, they were always brainstorming on ways to merge their new found talents into one successful business.

As cute iPhone cases became the new must have accessory, they knew they couldn't pass up the opportunity to put their talents to good use. With an established portfolio of cute designs and a love for accessories of any kind, they had finally found a way to merge their talents. When thinking of a name for their new cases.... Cicada Case sparked fond memories of their childhood. Growing up on several acres of land in North Carolina, they spent many summer days collecting cicada casings left on trees... and their nights were spent being serenaded by the poetic songs of their little mascots. Cicadas symbolize rebirth and renewal, past to present, illumination, partnership and team work, as well as self expression. Cicada seemed more than perfect for the name of their new adventure. In the Fall of 2012, they launched an etsy store featuring their original designs on phone cases.... also known as Cicada Cases.

Starting in the spare rooms of their homes, Cicada quickly flourished. They are now located in the Glenwood South District's historic Carter Building in the heart of thriving Downtown Raleigh. The Carter Building is home to a large number of spirited entrepreneurs, each committed to the pursuit of creative endeavors. You will find a collection of art studios featuring the works of working artists, jewelry designers, published writers, and photographers with global portfolios. Cicada was founded out a love for art and is thrilled to call TCB home.

In Cicada's first year on Etsy, they sold over 2500 Cicada Cases. They have now expanded their products to ipod and tablet cases, home decor, and jewelry. They are looking to once again go back to their roots and open up their website to other artists looking to get a foot in the door. They hope to fill their store and website with a carefully curated selection of artistic goods while helping out their fellow artists with promotion and marketing ideas.


Shirley, oldest sister, is head Graphic Designer and responsible for the design and photography. She also owns a digital collage shop on Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/shop/collageshop.

Dawn, youngest sister, is Social Media Coordinator and Production Manager.

You can view Cicada's jewelry here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/cicadaadorn

You can view Cicada's Art Prints here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/cicadahome

If you are an artist and would like to feature your artwork on a Cicada Case please email Shirley at info [!at] studiocicada.com

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