Lydia's Designs

Raleigh, North Carolina

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Note from shop owner I’m on vacation, working on more ideas for art as I explore the world a bit. I'll be back soon!

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Last updated on Jan 24, 2022

I’m on vacation, working on more ideas for art as I explore the world a bit. I'll be back soon!

Lydia Weary Dickson

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Lydia Weary Dickson


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About lydiasdesigns

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A dab of paint, maybe a coat of wax, and perhaps some chemicals, all to create the object in mind.

I started my shop while I was attending art school in 2008, and years later I'm still going strong. I studied abroad in Ireland and then graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design in 2010 with a BFA in Fine Arts. Since then I've taken masters level courses in painting, ceramics, collage, and various other subjects in a masters program at Hollins University, in Roanoke, Virginia. I've had the pleasure of working in a wide range of mediums and selling my creations through Etsy and look forward to a growing audience for me work.

I've been working in photography since 2005 and love all the sights and smells of the darkroom. Though I majored in fine arts, photography is one of my greatest passions. I've been able to teach it the summers of 2011 and 2012 at Camp Winnebago in Fayette, ME. And am currently setting up my own home darkroom.

I also love watercolors, and have taken pride in making sure all of my colors used are archival and will last for many years to come with the bright details they hold today. I enjoy working in a smaller scale with tiny details that invite you into their petite worlds.

Printmaking is something I've dabbled in and use as a more casual way of exploring ideas. I have some linoleum and woodblock prints, and in the past I've printed on fabric as well.

In addition I've been creating collages for 4 years now and find that it unites many of my ideas in a way that flows naturally for me. I use paper and found artifacts in transfer and adhesive processes in some pieces. In others encaustic paints and wax are used to make layered pieces with drips, softened edges, and interesting textures.

Besides all that I've tried silversmithing jewelry, stone carving sculptures, oil painting, and have greatly enjoyed working with clay, both on and off a wheel. I may open a ceramics store in the future.

Right now though, I'm settling into my new home, continuing work on paintings, starting new collages, and making a happy space to live and work in as I enter a new chapter of my life. You can read about it in my blog at

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  • Lydia Dickson (Weary)

    Owner, Artist

    I am Lydia Dickson. I'm based in Durham, North Carolina, where I've set up my studio to paint and create my many types of work. I love reading, travel, history, nature, and geeky things, which are incorporated into my work.

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Last updated on April 29, 2022
Hi! I'm Lydia Dickson (Weary). I'm an artist living in Durham, North Carolina.

I work in a lot of different mediums because I love to experiment and try out new ideas. So the items you see in my store may change from day to day, but don't worry if you see something you like that is sold and want a similar piece I can probably do that! If you would like a custom piece please contact me and we can discuss your idea even if it's not like the examples of work I've shown here. I'm willing to give most anything a shot, and have even painted one of my celtic designs on a drum.

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept cancellations
Request a cancellation: before item has shipped
I don't accept returns or exchanges
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Refunds and exchanges shouldn't generally be needed for art items, but in case of damages caused during shipping I will replace the item with a similar one once the broken item is photographed and the nature of damages explained.

If an item is in some way wildly different than what you expected please contact me and we can try to resolve any issues you may have via an exchange or refund. I try to be very clear regarding all item descriptions, and if them item is different from what was stated I will do everything possible to make things right. I want to make sure every shopper at my store is happy.

If I make any mistake on a order I will do all I can to correct it for you within reason. This will include refunds and exchanges if necessary.

However, once an item has shipped I cannot make changes to your order or cancel it, and I only give refunds or exchanges for damaged items or my own errors. The sooner you contact me with a concern the sooner I can make things right.

If there is a problem due to something I have done I will pay any related shipping charges, the same goes for damages from postal errors.

Otherwise any changes, refunds, etc are at my discretion. Sadly I cannot stop you from late night, wine induced overspending.
Prices are related to the materials used, time put into a piece and its size. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Payment can be made via credit card, and Paypal.
Shipping is as listed on the items and will be sent USPS Priority mail or international service so it should get to you in about a week if you're in the US. Faster shipping may be possible as well, and will be adjusted for if you choose, just let me know so I can calculate the cost for you and make a listing for upgraded shipping.

Items shipped in the US have tracking information provided, and insurance is provided as needed for each item.

Also, if you live in the area and are willing to drive over to meet me you won't have to pay shipping costs. If you wish to arrange this, please let me know in advance.
Additional policies and FAQs
All pieces in my store are hand made originals, with artist signature on all pieces other than bags and shirts unless otherwise noted. Paintings, collages, and printmaking are signed on the front, photographs are signed on the back.