Cherry Icing

Vancouver, Canada · 47 Sales


Cherry Icing

Vancouver, Canada 47 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars




Avril Shalen

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Avril Shalen

Hearts and Butterflies var 2
Summer Lattice (Nature's Palette No.20)
a rose, by any other name ...
The Black Mirror and the Goth Princess
Nature's Palette 5
grape, claret and citron
Zen, Tea, Ocean
Cloudy Amethyst and Crystalline Water
Marmoreal (The Queen of Hearts)
SUMMER of 2010, Necklace No 5
SUMMER of 2010 Necklace No 3
LUSH (Nature's Palette No.19)
BONWIT TELL (Nature's Palette No.17)
SUMMER of 2010, Necklace No 6
On the cusp of Spring
SUMMER of 2010, Necklace No 1
SUMMER of 2010, Earring No 4


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

laurieinthelab on Aug 12, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Love it! The picture didn't do it justice

Anonymous on Jul 14, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

This is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind item. I love this bracelet so much. Avril is a great artist. The bracelet was beautifully packaged, and arrived promptly.

Anonymous on May 18, 2010

5 out of 5 stars

I love her work!

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Cherry Icing: Handmade one of a kind (ooak) adornment for body and soul...

I knew I was an ‘Artist’ from the age of 3½; any material I got my hands on—literally—was transformed into an objet d’art or toy of some sort. I’ve been particular about COLOUR since kindergarten when my favourite hue was PINK, which I used for a time to the exclusion of all other colors!. I’m a graduate of Parsons School of Design in NYC and an alumnus of The Art Students League, also in NYC, where I specialized--respectively--in Illustration and live figure drawing and painting; at the ASL I also refined a mixed-media technique that I’d played around with as far back as I can remember.

My signature pieces on Etsy are in a group of one of a kind (ooak) CUFFS fashioned from birch bark and collectively called NATURE'S PALETTE. Nature's Palette is an ongoing series of hand-crafted, hand-painted, individuallly signed & numbered pieces of wearable art.

The cuffs are relatively pricey as the production method involves dozens of steps--and repeating these steps until each cuff is finished, which is determined on a 'gut' level. Some of the materials used are relatively costly, but mainly it's the time and technique that determine the cost [gathering birch bark--shaping--sanding--curing--layering various materials--decoupage AND hand-drawing/painting--varnishing (several times)]. The 'curing' contributes to the cuffs' durability; they're rather sturdy and water-resistant; although I wouldn't advise swimming while wearing one, I personally subjected one to an endurance test by spending a day hiking in a heavy rainstorm, and the resilience of the thing surprised me--favorably!

The wearer can manage the circumference to a degree by gently wrapping it around a bottle, glass, etc. of the desired size; this works for expanding or shrinking; if you are reducing the circumference, put some kind of tie or rubberband around it until it takes (usually not a lot of time, but it varies).

I accept requests for custom designs for which I suggest allowing a minimum of 4 weeks to complete. I work with the client during the creative process--sharing photos of the progress of their piece.

birch bark, birch paper, misc real dried flowers, japanese natural fibre papers, misc other decorative papers, coloured pencil, acryllic paint, original artwork, varnish


I'm always on the hunt for new materials--stuff I haven't yet worked with--and my technique and output is continuously developing/improving. I'm a hound for Color and Texture, and this is reflected in my work. I collect mainly vintage beads and charms, pieces of colorful precious- and semi-precious minerals, and anything I get my hands on that I can transmute into a piece of Art--wearable or merely collectible.

Some time ago, when I was made aware of the ACEO (Art Cards, Editions & Originals) genre, I realized that producing mini-pix of this nature was something I'd been doing--w/variations in size--all my life!
The premise of ACEOs--restricted to dimensions of 2.5" x 3.5"--is to enable art lovers of modest means to purchase and collect viable artwork--in miniature.

The modern introduction of ACEOs is ascribed to M. Vänçi Stirnemann of Zurich Switzerland in 1996, although he is not the father of the genre. The true inception date of the genre is a couple of hundred years ago--or earlier--when these cards were traded between, primarily, visual artists. No one 'started' the trend per se, it more or less naturally evolved among the artists of the time, partly--so I've read--to protest the politics (and price tags) of showing in galleries and the associated unavailability to 'most folk'.

In ‘physical’ ‘3D’ painting, I’m a ‘mixed-media symbolist'; I migrated from ‘actuality’ to 'virtuality’, following my first digital imaging experiment on a photograph of one of my ‘live’ paintings.

My pieces include fragments of or are entirely based-on my original '3D' paintings, illustrations, or other visual output; you can see examples at this address:


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Shop policies

Last updated on March 1, 2011
Between my beading assemblages and the offerings utilizing my digital artworks, particularly those of you inclined towards symbolist imagery will hopefully find something to draw you. Please step into my salon...

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment of choice is PayPal; please submit payment within 5 days of purchase--if you need more time, that's negotiable. If there's an item you *must* have, contact me to discuss possible alternative forms of payment.
Here's what you--the consumer--need to know apropos of shipping:
28.3 grams = 1oz = .0625 lbs

The most cost-effective way to send packages issuing from this store is to send them as what Canada Post designates as 'small packets'.

The cost and delivery timeframe of 'small packets' is configured in terms of 250gms (= 8.803oz) increments; it is highly unlikely that any package prepared here will exceed even half of that, but, as a gauge, here are some basic shipping figures:

- 'small packet' to USA addresses for items weighing 0-250gms:
. ground rate = $5.05
. air rate = $6.45

- 'small packet' to International (non-N.American) destinations for items weighing 0-250gms; I chose Great Britain as a typical Int'nl destination, so consider these figures 'close' ballpark:
. ground rate = $5.75
. air rate = $7.90

In instances where items are small enough to be sent as 'light packets' or 'letters', I will do so and the rates will be proportionally lower. The rates listed above will apply to single AND multiple items contingent on the size of the 'packet'. In the immediate future I will supply more data on shipping costs.

In any event, I will endeavor to provide the BEST postal rate per the request of each individual customer. Don't hesitate to write me w/questions on this.
Refunds and Exchanges
Your satisfaction is guaranteed within these guidelines:

- if you loathe the item upon receipt, you will be refunded minus the cost of return shipping; please return item within 5 days

- if you love the item but there's a glitch you'd like repaired or touched-up, return ship at your own expense, BUT, repairs/touchups are free of charge. If repair/touch-up is required, please dispatch item within 5-days; this policy will not apply if, for example, the object was mangled by one's dog or accidentally fell into a Cuisinart machine or a commode!

- I will pack each item with painstaking care; therefore, I cannot be held responsible for mangling of the object during Postal Transit; nor can I be held responsible if the object is lost or stolen.
Additional policies and FAQs
Feel free to contact me with any questions relative to the items. I will happily accept custom or bulk orders: please understand that these options will require additional time--therefore, if you have a deadline please state this upfront a.s.a.p. and remember: if it's handmade, there may be unanticipated variables affecting output.