frighten

Halloween Decor, Mixed Media and Unusual Art Jewelry

New Jersey, United States · 2292 Sales

frighten

Halloween Decor, Mixed Media and Unusual Art Jewelry

New Jersey, United States 2292 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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mari

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Announcement   Welcome! Here you'll find original collages, altered antique photos and photography prints inspired by my love of old photos, animals, oddities, nature and Halloween. I am now selling necklaces that I have made, featuring my artwork.

A good way to browse my shop is by clicking on my shop sections on the left of the page. If I can help you find anything, please just send me a message using one of the contact links.

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Last updated on Jul 13, 2016

Welcome! Here you'll find original collages, altered antique photos and photography prints inspired by my love of old photos, animals, oddities, nature and Halloween. I am now selling necklaces that I have made, featuring my artwork.

A good way to browse my shop is by clicking on my shop sections on the left of the page. If I can help you find anything, please just send me a message using one of the contact links.

mari

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mari

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A couple of fawns outside my studio the other morning. Nature's inspiration.
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About

About me

I feel so lucky to have art in my life. I'm not sure what I'd be doing with my life if I didn't, but I think I'd most likely be working with animals in some way. I've always had a connection with animals, which is something that I got from my grandmother, who was also an amazing painter and sculptor. She passed away before I could fully appreciate her, but I think I got a lot of my qualities, both as it relates to art and animals, from her.

The mixed media work I do ranges from restored and altered antique portraits to handmade collages. I'm originally a photographer, but for the last few years have concentrated on mixed media, and it's been nice to be able to work on things at home, rather than having to go out to find things to shoot. By nature, I'm a hermit, so this is fine by me.

I use antique photos in my work, mostly from the Victorian era, but because they are in many cases over 100 years old, they require a lot of restoration before I can even start to alter them. I do this by scanning and enlarging them, and then slowly cleaning up the damaged areas in photoshop. This can take anywhere from a couple of hours to a week, depending on how badly damaged they are. There have been times while restoring a portrait that I have wanted to give up, thinking the photo was beyond repair, but when I finally finish, it's rewarding to know I stuck with it. Working with photos this old often feels like I'm working with ghosts, and I sometimes think about what the people in the photos would think about what I'm doing to them. Hopefully they would see the fun in it, and not think it's too weird. I have nothing but love and admiration for these old portraits.

Most of 2015 was spent making one of a kind mixed media sculptures and assemblages, which were exhibited in galleries. 2016 has been a personally difficult year, but in July, I started to create jewelry featuring my artwork, which is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I've always felt that my work would translate well to this medium and I'm happy to say that it has.

Thanks for visiting my little part of Etsy and I hope you enjoy my work.

- Mari

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  • Professional Photo Lab

    Brooklyn, NY, United States

    Most of the artwork is printed by me but my matte prints are printed by a professional photo lab here in Brooklyn, NY.

  • Professional Printer

    Cleveland, OH, United States

    The company that prints my note cards is located in Cleveland, OH.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 28, 2016
Thank you for your visit. My art is my heart. It's a big part of who I am and how I express myself. I am truly grateful for each and every person that appreciates what I do. I feel very lucky to have a receptive venue to sell my artwork.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept paypal, credit cards, and gift cards as payment. New Jersey residents will be charged 7% sales tax at checkout.
Shipping
Prints are shipped by first class mail, usually within four days of order and include delivery confirmation in every country where that is available.

U.S. orders can take up to two weeks to arrive, and international, three-six weeks or more. If you have any concerns about where your order is, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Any duties or taxes on international orders are the responsibility of the buyer to pay.
Refunds and Exchanges
Prints: I pack well but if for some reason your prints are received damaged, please contact me immediately and we will work out a replacement.

Originals: If your original collage arrives damaged, please let me know immediately and we will work out a return and refund.
Additional policies and FAQs
I pride myself on great products and excellent customer service. ff you feel that you have received less than 5 star service, please let me know prior to leaving feedback and I will try to correct any issues if I'm able.

For those with allergies, my items come from a smoke-free home, but I do have three cats. I do my best to make sure the cats are away from the area where I pack orders.

The work I create uses vintage materials, but the final pieces are original artworks. Reselling, reproduction and copyrights are not included in the sale of the prints or originals. I am not currently licensing any of my existing images but am open to the idea of creating a new and unique image for whatever your need is. Please contact me with any inquiries you have.

The watermarks that I have on the photos will not be on the prints that you receive.

For previews of new work, coupon codes and giveaways, please visit my Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/imitation.kitten