MJMullinsBeadwork

Original Beadworked Objects of Interest & Ardor

Gothenburg, Nebraska · 167 Sales

MJMullinsBeadwork

Original Beadworked Objects of Interest & Ardor

Gothenburg, Nebraska 167 Sales On Etsy since 2006

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Last updated on Jun 30, 2018

Existential crisis continues, now with added relocation anxiety.
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    About

    Fortune Favors the Bold - In Life and in Art

    Background:
    I'm a life-long crafter, blessed with the ability to grok directions and teach myself just about anything from a book. While I've had a formal education in sewing and advanced tailoring, I taught myself embroidery and needlepoint, paper arts and book making. I took up wire wrapping, jewelry making and eventually beadwork in 1994. Getting into beaded art was a logical progression, an evolution.
    Process:
    I concentrate on seed beads, preferring to work in bead embroidery, free form peyote, and bead crochet. Each piece has a different genesis; once started with a generalized sketch, my process is to pick out an overabundance of materials I think might express my concept, thin it down to something manageable, then build the piece. There's a lot of discarding, rethinking, replacing and reworking as it develops. I keep at it until it's what I want it to be. If I'm having problems, I dig in my heels and beat my head against a wall until I solve whatever design issues I run into.
    Philosophy:
    Through art we share something deeper than opinion or attitude or the minutiae of the mundane of our surface lives - we share our individual, unique visions that come from a deep, communal wellspring of creation. It connects us. When you throw everything you know, every skill and every ounce of passion you have into the creation of a piece, just knowing you gave it your best can be reward enough. Then again, when someone really understands your work and appreciates it, there's no way to describe that feeling of validation, acceptance, joy, connection. I will never stop learning, evolving and refining what I do. I think the key to improving your level of artistry has to do with raising your level of personal investment in that art. It's the difference between sunflower patterned wallpaper and Van Gogh's Sunflowers.

    My favorite chunk of advice came from a creative writing instructor many years ago: Get out of your own way, don't be afraid to fail, and just let the work take you over.

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    • Martha

      Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

      I am the owner, maker, and designer of the works you find here in the shop formerly known as "AnotherCountry" - welcome!

    Shop policies

    Last updated on February 6, 2018
    Please feel free to ask questions about any and all items offered here!

    Accepted payment methods

    • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
    Returns and exchanges
    I gladly accept returns
    Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
    Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
    I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
    But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
    The following items can't be returned or exchanged
    Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
    • Custom or personalized orders
    • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
    • Digital downloads
    • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
    • Items on sale
    This shop accepts returns within 7 days of purchase for store credit. Buyer pays for postage of returned items.
    Payment
    PayPal is our preferred method of payment.
    Shipping
    This shop will ship 1) To the U.S. first class with delivery confirmation, 2) To everywhere else via the least expensive route to keep costs low.

    Shipping fees include postage, packing materials, and all bank fees.
    Additional policies and FAQs
    INTERNATIONAL BUYERS PLEASE NOTE:
    Etsy sellers are not responsible for customs fees and import taxes imposed on you by your country of residence.
    Falsifying customs declaration forms in order to help a buyer avoid these taxes and fees is against the law, and comes with a punishment of up to $10,000 USD with the possibility of up to 5 years of imprisonment.
    Further information about these laws can be found here:
    http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/uscode/13/9/305