michelemergesmartens

colors textures & patterns michele merges martens

Watervliet, New York

Announcement    Welcome to the colors textures & patterns Etsy shop! Periwinkle spiral cobalt grid aqua wave magenta circle blue line - along with threads, buttons, beads, sequins, found objects, paint, glitter... these are what I use to create. My art is abstract, fanciful, and slightly crazy. Dangling threads - they make shadows. Uneven or raw edges - no time for conformity here. Landscapes and portraits are my visions, and will definitely not resemble the real thing. I'm not perfect, my art is not perfect, but it is sincere.
I'm an eclectic artist, and make art quilts, dolls, jewelry, journal covers, painted and embellished purses, hand dyed and embellished clothing, collages, seasonal decorations, cards, and lots of other stuff. I'm also a writer, and will sometimes have self-published collections of my poems or essays. Custom orders are also welcome.
As a firm believer in recycling, I create upcyled purses and clothing, and reuse clothing, fabric, found objects, and buttons. It's fun to put together things from different times and places.
As many artists do, I gather stuff. So I often have extra and sell it here in the supplies category. This may include fabric, yarn, buttons, beads, and other things. I also provide vintage books and paper ephemera, especially for junk journals and collage
I indicate that I ship only in the US, but am willing to discuss shipping to Canada and overseas. Please contact me to discuss before purchasing.

Thanks for stopping by!
michele merges martens

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 1, 2018

Welcome to the colors textures & patterns Etsy shop! Periwinkle spiral cobalt grid aqua wave magenta circle blue line - along with threads, buttons, beads, sequins, found objects, paint, glitter... these are what I use to create. My art is abstract, fanciful, and slightly crazy. Dangling threads - they make shadows. Uneven or raw edges - no time for conformity here. Landscapes and portraits are my visions, and will definitely not resemble the real thing. I'm not perfect, my art is not perfect, but it is sincere.
I'm an eclectic artist, and make art quilts, dolls, jewelry, journal covers, painted and embellished purses, hand dyed and embellished clothing, collages, seasonal decorations, cards, and lots of other stuff. I'm also a writer, and will sometimes have self-published collections of my poems or essays. Custom orders are also welcome.
As a firm believer in recycling, I create upcyled purses and clothing, and reuse clothing, fabric, found objects, and buttons. It's fun to put together things from different times and places.
As many artists do, I gather stuff. So I often have extra and sell it here in the supplies category. This may include fabric, yarn, buttons, beads, and other things. I also provide vintage books and paper ephemera, especially for junk journals and collage
I indicate that I ship only in the US, but am willing to discuss shipping to Canada and overseas. Please contact me to discuss before purchasing.

Thanks for stopping by!
michele merges martens

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Last updated on January 1, 2018
Welcome to colors textures & patterns!

- As an artist, these are my tools, along with threads, buttons, beads, sequins, found objects, paint, glitter... my work is abstract, fanciful, and slightly crazy. Dangling threads - they make shadows. Uneven or raw edges - no time for conformity here. I'm not perfect, my art is not perfect, but it is sincere. Landscapes, portraits, etc. will all be as seen through my vision as an artist, and will definitely not resemble the real thing.

- I'm an eclectic artist, and make art quilts, dolls, jewelry, journal covers, hand dyed and embellished clothing, seasonal decorations, cards, and lots of other stuff. I'm also a writer, and will sometimes have self-published collections of my poems or essays.

- A firm believer in recycling, I create upscale purses and clothing, and recycle clothing fabric and buttons. Clothing rescued from the landfill by being purchased at a thrift store or garage sale, and the resulting fabric, will always be washed and clean. All hand dyed clothing is washed several times during the dyeing process,but due to differences in water chemicals, you should wash your hand dyed garment separately the first time in case of slight dye runoff.

I am a smoke free location, but I do have several cats, for those who need to be aware of allergies.

Thanks for stopping by!

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept returns or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
- Please note that many items I sell are vintage and as is. The listings will describe the items in detail and will explain any imperfect areas. Based on this, I do not normally offer returns. If you truly are not satisfied with an item, I am willing to work out an exchange for something of comparable value. Custom orders are not refundable and cannot be exchanged.

- The items in my shop are handmade art, not factory produced items. Structurally things are good, but visually they will be unique and somewhat unusual.

- I provide descriptions and pictures that show details of each item, so you'll know what an item looks like. Hand dyed clothing will have measurements and fiber content included in the description.

- If you are unsure of an item, you can place it in your Favorites while you think about it.

- Once an order is in the US Post Office system, I cannot be responsible for any damages that may occur. I will pack items well to avoid problems.

Problems
- Having said the above, if you are truly unhappy with an item contact me and we'll talk about it. I'm not that stubborn and I want my art to make you happy.
Payment
Payment method
- I accept Etsy Payments. You may use PayPal as well.

New York State residents
- A 7.00% sales tax will be added on to your merchandise total in PayPal, AFTER you check out through Etsy's site. Your Etsy totals and the amount due in PayPal will differ. Please contact me if you have questions about this.

Custom orders Payment Schedule
- Custom orders under $75 do not require a pre-payment. Should you commission a larger work, I provide several sketches and color samples based upon our conversations about the art. Once your approval in writing is received, and an initial payment is received, work will begin on the art piece. Ten percent of the total agreed upon price is required at the sketch state, 40% additional at the halfway point, and the final 50% at the final approval, pre-delivery. Once the final approval and payment have been received, your art will be carefully shipped. Special orders are not refundable, however if you choose not to continue with a special order, you will only be responsible for payment of work done to a specific stage. If we agree to stop at the halfway mark, you would only owe the additional 40%, not 90%.

Here’s a link that takes you through the steps on buying an item - http://www.etsy.com/help_guide_checkout.php
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Shipping
- For small, or lightweight items, I will provide Free Shipping. Otherwise, I ship USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate, depending on size of item(s). If you would like insurance, let me know. I do not normally ship internationally, but please convo me if you are overseas and interested in something.

- Custom work or more expensive pieces may be shipped Fed Ex.

- If your etsy address is different from your PayPal address, I will use your etsy address.
Additional policies and FAQs
Here's more information for you. More questions? Just ask me.

Multiples of an item
- I often make batches of items, such as dolls, tag art, trading cards/ACEO's etc. Although made at the same time, each is individual and unique. Hey, I'm not a machine!


Hand Dyed Clothing
- Each piece of hand dyed clothing is washed and rinsed at least three times after dyeing. When the item leaves me, my water runs clear during the final rinse. Given that your water is chemically different from mine, I strongly suggest that you wash your hand dyed item separately the first few times, to avoid any problems with dye run off.

Color combinations
- if you see something you like but would prefer a different color combination, convo me. I usually have the following color combinations available:

Brights - neons and bright kids colors

Pastels - pale but vivid baby colors mint, sky, pink, pale yellow, lavender

Neutrals - tan, silver, white, gray, black, brown, khaki

Blues, greens, purples

Pinks, oranges, yellows

One color shades
Greens, mint to teals, avacado, chartreuse
Blues sky to royal to navy to periwinkle
Reds - palest pink to deepest scarlet
Yellows/Oranges - buttercup to peach to lemon to citrus
Purples lavender to violet to screaming purples
Neutrals - off white, tan, grey

Custom orders
- Contact me to begin a discussion