livelaborate

Dress up your day with wearable art jewelry

Blairsville, Pennsylvania · 18 Sales

livelaborate

Dress up your day with wearable art jewelry

Blairsville, Pennsylvania 18 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Olivia Seich

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Olivia Seich

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DidisDesigns

DidisDesigns on Mar 2, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Love love love how this turned out! My mom is eyeing it to borrow, too! My daughter adores hers! Liv was so easy to work with and has a great eye. The pony she made my daughter is just too cute! We would definitely order from her again :$

Kate Johnston

Kate Johnston on Jan 23, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

I bought this cape for my sister as a Christmas present. She absolutely loves it, and gets so many compliments on it. It's truly unique and is such high quality. I love that it is made in the US. Fast shipping and great customer service!

kimcalley

kimcalley on Jan 9, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Great to work with and quick shipping! Thank you

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About

The birth of Livelaborate

March 26, 2012, in a small town in Pennsylvania, livelaborate was born.

Really, it was born long before that. I have always loved making stuff, jewelry just happens to be my favorite. I went to college and majored in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts, thinking maybe I wanted to move to New York and go to a fashion school after graduating. Then I snapped back to reality and realized I am petrified of living in a really really big city and didn't want to be alone in a strange place, plus I am horrible with directions (I mean really horrible). So yeah, scratched that and went to graduate school for jewelry and metals. Totally a better direction for me. I still like to sew, but I like to solder more!!!

I had an assistantship in graduate school that paid my tuition, but I also had a part time job. Oh yes, the classic waitress/bartender gig (hey it paid pretty good, the people were nice and it worked with my schedule). My part time job allowed me to pay my bills and occasionally buy equipment for my studio. By the time I graduated, I had a fully functional studio set up and ready to go, torches and all.

And then, while I was finishing graduate school, I took a job with the state (it had good health benefits and paid the bills). I stayed there for awhile which made finding time for making jewelry difficult. My husband and I also wanted to start a family and faced all the same challenges everyone faces when they have children. My husband has a job with unpredictable and sometimes long hours and I wanted to pursue my art and be home with our little one, so it seemed like a good time for me to make a change.

And that is how livelaborate was born. I am still building and refining my shop and always making new jewelry, so pop in from time to time and watch livelaborate grow!

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The history of the shop name:

Livelaborate was named after me, well kind of. It is really a little more complicated than that. I am Olivia, or as I am called for short, Liv. And as for the elaborate part, elaborate by definition is:

e·lab·o·rate
/iˈlab(ə)rit/

Adjective
Involving many carefully arranged parts or details; detailed and complicated in design and planning. Worked out with great care and nicety of detail; executed with great minuteness, perfected, painstaking. Marked by intricate and often excessive detail; complicated; ornate.

Verb
Develop or present (a theory, policy, or system) in detail.

This is a word I feel describes my work in all its varying degrees. From the ornate and detailed Victorian earrings to the metalwork and fold formed pieces, my jewelry is complicated in its visual design, or in the labor intensive process used to create the finished product. The fold forming, for example, begins with an idea, sketches and a sheet of metal. And, through a hands on process of sawing, hammering, filing, polishing, drilling and finishing, results in something three dimensional, organic and beautiful. Although many of the designs have a visually simplistic, refined quality, they are actually quite labor intensive to create.

Elaborate is also used as a verb, to elaborate. This is a word that describes the socio-political vein of my artwork. Although right now my shop doesn't reflect this vein of work, it is another facet of who I am as an artist and my artistic output. This vein of work is an in depth exploration, an elaboration, of my perspectives on femininity, feminism, sexism in contemporary American culture, the dynamic roles of postmodern woman...the list goes on.

So, of all the names I kicked around, livelaborate seemed to fit everything about my work the best.

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Shop policies

Last updated on April 2, 2013
Hello! All items listed are currently in stock and ship within 1-3 business days. All pieces have a high level of quality and craftsmanship while maintaining a unique and handmade art jewelry appearance.

If you see something you like, but want a slight variation (bigger, smaller, different color, etc), please convo me!

I will also do custom work if you have something special in mind. I can work with silver, gold, pewter, copper, brass (NuGold) and mixed media (photos, plastic, plexi-glass, paper, clay, etc). Just convo me!

If you have questions or requests, please don't hesitate to contact or convo me. Thanks for shopping!

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Payment
I accept PayPal transactions, so you can checkout through PayPal. I do have to collect PA state sales tax and am required to tax shipping as well if you are a PA resident.
Shipping
Jewelry item(s) will ship first class mail.

If you are buying something from my shop as a gift, I am happy to ship directly to the recipient, just let me know the shipping destination ahead of time. I am also happy to include any special note, please just let me know what you would like it to say.
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If you would prefer I ship your item(s) priority mail, please let me know at the time of purchase and I will send you an updated PayPal invoice that reflects the difference in cost ($1.80). If you choose this option, your item will arrive in a priority mail box and you will receive tracking information. Tracking info will be emailed to you when I ship your item(s). Your item should be delivered in 2-3 days.
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Vintage apparel will ship priority mail and I will provide the tracking info via email when I ship your item(s).
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If you need expedited shipping, please convo me. I will send you an updated PayPal invoice, once this is paid, your item can be shipped in expedited fashion requested.
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Shipping prices listed are for shipping within the U.S. I will be happy to ship internationally, but due to the complicated nature of pricing, I will have to price shipment on an individual basis. Please convo me if you are interested in purchasing something, I will price shipping for you and you can decide if you would like to purchase the item at that point. Thank you for your understanding.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you have a problem with an item, please contact me and we will come up with a fair and reasonable solution.

Seller agrees to ship item in excellent condition as it appears in listing. If buyer is totally unhappy with purchase (which I sincerely doubt they would be:) a refund can be arranged provided the item is returned in the same condition it was sent out in and the buyer pays return shipping.

If you receive your item(s) damaged, seller will replace item(s) or refund buyer's money. Proof of damage required for refund or replacement. Item(s) may need to be returned at seller's expense if needed for insurance dispute with USPS. Please understand these are handmade items, so a replacement may take a few days to be made and then shipped.

Any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you are buying anything from my shop as a gift and want a special message included, please let me know, I will be happy to accommodate this. All purchases come in decorative packaging ready for giving.