SnapdragonOriginals

Folk-Art Inspired Art Dolls, Hoop Art, & Knitting

New York, United States · 517 Sales

SnapdragonOriginals

Folk-Art Inspired Art Dolls, Hoop Art, & Knitting

New York, United States 517 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(58)

Announcement   Welcome to Snapdragon by Nina Shope! I design and hand make folk-art inspired creations, art dolls, ornaments, hoop art, festive garlands, and vibrant knitting (fingerless gloves, scarves, cowls) -- all in a variety of price ranges. I adore bright color combinations and surprising combinations of textures and materials. My folk art designs feature Frida Kahlo, mermaids, saints and icons, Day of the Dead skeletons, anatomical art, and other funky themes. I am more than happy to consider custom orders or to recreate sold out items when possible (click on the "number of sales" printed below the "contact owner" link to view sold-out items). I've had a lot of fun making these artworks, and my shop has a little bit of everything I love in it! I hope you find something you love too. Any item will make a great gifts for fans of handmade crafts, folk-art, and funky unique creations... Happy browsing!

P.S. Along with my sister, I recently opened a new supply shop on Etsy. Please check it out! www.twosisterssupplies.etsy.com!

Announcement
Last updated on Mar 20, 2016

Welcome to Snapdragon by Nina Shope! I design and hand make folk-art inspired creations, art dolls, ornaments, hoop art, festive garlands, and vibrant knitting (fingerless gloves, scarves, cowls) -- all in a variety of price ranges. I adore bright color combinations and surprising combinations of textures and materials. My folk art designs feature Frida Kahlo, mermaids, saints and icons, Day of the Dead skeletons, anatomical art, and other funky themes. I am more than happy to consider custom orders or to recreate sold out items when possible (click on the "number of sales" printed below the "contact owner" link to view sold-out items). I've had a lot of fun making these artworks, and my shop has a little bit of everything I love in it! I hope you find something you love too. Any item will make a great gifts for fans of handmade crafts, folk-art, and funky unique creations... Happy browsing!

P.S. Along with my sister, I recently opened a new supply shop on Etsy. Please check it out! www.twosisterssupplies.etsy.com!

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5 out of 5 stars
(58)
snazzyjer

snazzyjer on Jan 5, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Great gloves! Got them as a gift and the recipient couldn't have been happier. Nina at Snapdragon helped me custom order them; she was prompt and very helpful and I received them right away... Thanks!

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Working hard on new Fridas, mermaids, and hoop art for spring!!!
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About

Folk-Art Inspired, Original, Eclectic Artworks

Snapdragons are my favorite flowers—bright, bold, and feisty—qualities I aspire to evoke with my original creations. I try to incorporate a little artistry and color in every part of my store, from the hand-scripted calligraphy on my banner to the lime-green tissue paper and contrasting ribbons I use to wrap each purchase. I use recycled fabric and repurposed decorative elements as much as possible.

My shop is eclectic: it has a little bit of everything I love in it. My goal is to craft items that I would desperately want to own if I found them in a store: embroidered and beaded Frida Kahlo dolls, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) skeletons, sirena ornaments, Virgins of Guadalupe, vibrant knitted creations. My work is strongly influenced by my passion for folk art—Mexican, Haitian, Native American, etc.—and, obviously, I am very drawn to the evocative paintings (and photographs) of Frida Kahlo.

Art Dolls: The process for making each doll is intensive. I cut the shape out of Ultrasuede, bead and embroider the face and hair (the nose is the hardest feature for some reason), sew on a recycled-fabric skirt or shawl for my Fridas or create a cowrie-shell bra for my mermaids, and then begin stringing seed beads, row by row, to fill in the design. I mainly use a technique known as couching: each strand of beads is attached vertically to the fabric and then every bead or every-other bead on the strand is affixed using a horizontal stitch. For the mermaids, I sew on the tail beads one at a time. With the small Fridas, I choose bold color combinations for each doll; pick out complimentary flowers, jewelry, and charms; and individualize the work by adding beaded accents or sequins to the clothing. I hand-sew the front and back of each doll together with embroidery thread, stuff the shape, and end by adding the hanging loop. The large Fridas are even more labor-intensive and often incorporate Milagros, charms, pins, earrings, shells, silk leaves and flowers, and distinctive beads. They come with clear acrylic stands which I wrap in colorful embroidery thread.

Knitting: I tend to buy yarn based on the beauty and uniqueness of the individual skein, which usually means I do not get enough of a single yarn to make a large project. That challenges me to put together fun, funky, multi-textured, multi-colored scarves and gloves. As someone who hates itchy wool, I try to use soft, silky, or smooth yarns (though texture is subjective), and vary my selections.

I never considered myself visually artistic when I was young because I couldn't draw or paint, but I always loved embroidery and needle crafts. After creating all the decorations for my wedding (re-engaging old skills and learning new ones), I embraced my "artistic" side. I started making funky holiday ornaments using beads and Ultrasuede, and then I decided to make more sophisticated and intricate creations. Selling my work on Etsy allows me to endlessly indulge my desire to create beautiful objects using a wide variety of materials without adding to my already voluminous folk art collection or bankrupting myself buying gorgeous yarn.

My ornaments and art dolls have been featured in the Brown Alumnae Monthly's Gift Guide. One of my large Frida Kahlo dolls, “Frida with Monkeys” (sold) was exhibited in the Everson Museum in Syracuse, New York. I dream of having my work in a gallery and getting a commission to create a huge, intricate Frida Kahlo doll one day!

I recently opened a supplies store with my sister under the name TwoSistersSupplies. Please check it out: www.twosisterssupplies.etsy.com

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  • Nina Shope

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I currently live in Brooklyn, NY, in an apartment overflowing with folk art and crammed full of craft supplies! I am inspired by vibrant colors, sparkle, and vivid detail, as well as by all things mythological and folkloric.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 12, 2016
Welcome and thank you for visiting my shop! I hope you found several items that piqued your interest. I am more than happy to work with you to create custom orders. Pricing and preparation time will necessarily increase for such orders, but I will let you know ahead of time what to expect. At times, I may post some "made-to-order" items so that I can offer a wide range of products--these items will always be marked as such. If you purchase a "made to order" item, you can expect it to take 4-8 days to create before it is shipped. "Made to order" listings include representative photos, but remember that each handmade creation varies slightly. I will send a final photo before shipping.

Your purchase will be wrapped in colorful tissue and ribbon. I ship First Class USPS, so delivery times will follow the typical USPS times. If you need me to send something Priority or Express Mail, contact me and we can set up a modified shipping price.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. If you feel some policy point is not clearly stated, please let me know.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
Payment
I accept Etsy Direct Checkout, Paypal, Etsy Gift Cards, Money Orders and Personal Checks.

*Paypal. You can pay by credit card, even if you do not have a PayPal account. Click Pay via PayPal and follow the links on PayPal for credit card payments.

*Money order or Personal Check (will ship once payment has cleared).

*Payment due (or mailed) within 48 hours of sale. Please let me know that you have mailed payment.
Shipping
*Items ship within 1-3 business days of receiving payment, using USPS First Class. I will gladly combine multiple items in a single package whenever possible. Please allow extra time around holidays and weekends. If you need expedited shipping, please let me know so I can adjust shipping charges.

*On high priced items, I include the cost of insurance in the shipping fee. I don't usually insure items or sales under $75. If you would like insurance on a low-cost order, please let me know so that I can adjust the shipping charges. Otherwise, seller is not liable for loss or damage caused by USPS.

*All international orders will include insurance costs, due to uncertainty of overseas shipping. Will ship internationally using International First-Class mail (unless you wish to pay extra for Priority). Buyer is 100% responsible for their country's customs/VAT fees.

*If your PayPal address is different from your Etsy Account address I will try and contact you to confirm the correct address you would like your item shipped to. If I do not receive clarification within 24 hours I will ship to the address on your Etsy Account.
Refunds and Exchanges
I want my customers to be happy with their purchases. If a problem arises, I will accept returns if contacted within 3 days of receiving your purchase. You will be responsible for all shipping costs.

Please remember that each item is handsewn, knit, embroidered, or beaded, so variations in stitching etc. is to be expected. Beyond the 3-day window, please understand that the materials I use are by their nature fragile and subject to wear and tear over time.
Additional policies and FAQs
*All items are created in a smoke-free home.
*I do have a Corgi (dog) who sheds quite a lot, and on occasion, her hairs have crept into a craft item or two. I will do my best to avoid that, but anyone with severe pet allergies should be aware. Thanks!