forgottenland

Out of the ordinary drawing, painting and sculpture

Colorado, United States · 94 Sales

forgottenland

Out of the ordinary drawing, painting and sculpture

Colorado, United States 94 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   Out-of-the-ordinary art made with love and a little weirdness.

Unusual items to give and cherish

Announcement

Out-of-the-ordinary art made with love and a little weirdness.

Unusual items to give and cherish

Becky Potter

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Becky Potter

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lavonne888

lavonne888 on Dec 7, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Most awesome piece of art I've ever seen!!!

emgreen82

emgreen82 on Sep 22, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful item; extremely well-made, original, fun, and all that happy jazz.

1sirscout

1sirscout on Feb 7, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful piece of art. Great working with you. Hope you much success

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About

Living on ink and fabric

Currently, my artistic ambitions run to extremely detailed pen and ink drawings, rendered with India ink and my very sharp Speedball 102 pen nibs. Most recently, I have been scratching that crafty itch (very carefully) with my sewing machine, making aprons for artists, crafters and culinary wizards!

My "favorite" media have run the gamut! During undergrad (the first time) I focused on oil painting and printmaking, thinking myself a "2 dimensional" artist. Graduate school, in Philly, exploded my ambitions! I tried out everything from embroidery to wiring sticks together, to making large-scale sculpture.

As I sat in my studio and produced thousands of hand-stitches in a valiant effort to create giant fabric sculptures, I realized my new ambition required new tools. My mom sent me her 30-year-old sewing machine and launched me into a new love-affair. Having drooled over textiles in the fabric store since birth, it is surprising it took me this long to learn to use a sewing machine! Once I started, i never stopped!

This two-year art-fest also marked my first attempt at ink drawing. Never one to start simply, I spent about 3 days drawing in pen before I decided to broaden my skill set with dip-pens and ink. This eventually gave way to "drawing" with all sorts of media, the most notable being thread. I spent innumerable hours curled up in my studio embroidering the STDs, which eventually became the STD bugs, two of which are currently residing in the sculpture section of my shop.

Post-graduate school, I scattered in many directions, sticking mainly to sculpture for the first couple of years, although my scale shrunk dramatically (I miss that huge graduate studio!) I explored several new media, including oven-bake clay and rubber-casting. I also took up painting again, taking the occasional commission and re-working older paintings. While I devoted most of my energy to making art and writing, I had discovered, after grad school, that I was done being focused so heavily on myself. I sought work in the non-profit world, hoping to make a positive impact on others. I didn't find that perfect fit until 2008. During this time, I also learned to knit! Finally I had something to do with all of that yarn I kept impulsively collecting! Around this time, I opened my first Etsy shop. I filled it with hats, cowls, scarves and purses. I think I sold one item in the year or so it was open. Looking back, I wouldn't have bought my items either! My photos were fairly terrible and I didn't spend much time joining teams and making treasuries (were there even treasuries back then?) Viewing Etsy as a failed experiment, I continued to work and sell occasionally in the "real" world.

In 2010, while working as a CNA in an assisted living residence, I decided to go back to school for yet another time, to become a nurse. The impact on my art-making was a dramatic shrinking (both literally and conceptually) of my artistic field. I had grown used to adapting my studio to whatever tiny space i was living, but as I moved back to my home-town to start school, I knew that many of my projects would need to be put on hold.

I started making work that could be done in bed, without making much of a mess. I took up embroidery again, making small, accessible works that I nevertheless found fulfilling.

My inexplicable interest in mouths began around this time. I had drawn a couple of mouths on stems and tongues in fields of grass in Philly, but now it became a full-blown obsession! In the interest of working small, I again took up ink drawing and discovered my ideal mode of expression! I experimented and searched until I found the tiniest possible pen-nib.

Around this time, i decided to open a shop on Etsy again. I had been making jewelry to assuage my desire to sculpt and had been making purses out of socks for a couple of years! I listed these, my embroideries and some drawings. This time around, i met with immediate sales! Using Facebook to promote my work has helped, along with participation in teams, treasury-making and some incredibly supportive friends and collectors.

I received a second-hand (and incredibly nice) camera as a gift and began the long learning process of how to take and edit great photographs of my work. Titling, tagging and describing are in constant flux, here on Etsy and staying on top of these changes has contributed enormously to my shop's moderate success. I don't make my living on sales of art and hand-made objects, but knowing that the things I create are finding homes in the world, spreading the love that I put into all of them, fills my heart with joy.

I am constantly inspired with new projects! The aprons began as an experiment with a friend and have become one of my favorite things to make! i enjoyed making them so much that I decided to make them for artists and seamstresses!

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  • Becky Potter

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I have been an artist for about 20 years, although in hindsight, I was gluing toys together and making clothes for my sister's barbies for as long as I can remember!

Shop policies

Last updated on March 5, 2013
Hello there! My philosophy for this store is simple: I want you to be excited about what I have to offer and extravagantly pleased with your purchase. I am happy to answer any questions, hear any suggestions and honor most requests. I would love to hear from you!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Other Method
Payment
I am now accepting Paypal and Credit cards!
Shipping
In most cases, I will ship USPS ground. Anything can be shipped overnight or two-day (where applicable); just let me know before you purchase and I will enter the upgraded charge for you. All items are packed and shipped with care and love!

All domestic packages are automatically tracked. If you would like international tracking, let me know before you purchase and I will add the charge to your shipping bill. (it's usually around $6 continentally and $11 overseas).

I always ship within three days of recieving payment and almost always the same or next day! Domestically, most small packages (i.e. drawings, purses, jewelry) take three to five days to arrive. Larger packages (sculpture, paintings, etc.) Usually arrive within that time frame but can take a day or two longer.

Make sure your address is updated with etsy and paypal! If your package is returned to me due to an incorrect address, you will have to pay for shipping a second time. If package is returned to me due to my own mistake, I will, of course pay for re-shipping!

***If holiday shopping, please allow enough time for your packages to arrive, or request expedited shipping***
Refunds and Exchanges
I encourage buyers to request alterations and specific information regarding items before or at purchase and before shipping. I offer refunds (within 3 days of arrival) on items that arrive damaged. All measurements and photos are accurate. However, if you discover that your item needs to be altered once you have recieved it, you may pay to have it re-shipped and I will be happy to adjust your item at no extra charge.

If for some reason, your item is not what you expected, send me an email and let me know why! My priority is that you love your new item!