unique & whimsical mouse photography

Ellensburg, Washington | 63 Sales


unique & whimsical mouse photography

Ellensburg, Washington 63 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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How a Camera and a Mouse Have Made Life Meaningful Despite Migraines

Mouse began life as a bookmark. He came into my life nearly twenty-five years ago when a classmate gave him to me as a souvenir from her trip to the Philippines. For many years, he served as a toy and suffered many crash landings on the pavement and an overnight stay on a neighbor's roof, thanks to my habit of whirling him around by the tail and launching him into the air! As I got older, Mouse came to be something of a totem. Everything changed on an idle afternoon in the fall of 2007 when I was testing out the macro setting on my father's new digital camera and decided to use Mouse as my model. I started taking hundreds of photographs simply for my own pleasure. I liked the way Mouse was able to point to the minute details of everyday things, the textures and colors that I am keenly aware of, but that most people miss. I took Mouse with me on vacations and made photo books for people as a way of showing them their world in a new light. I also started working on a children's book about colors featuring Mouse, but I never thought about selling photos until my life underwent a major change.

In the fall of 2009, I developed disabling chronic migraines. I had to quit my job as a floral designer, halt my studies in graphic design, and withdraw from the world almost entirely. I'd previously directed most of my creative energy into writing, drawing, and my work as a designer, but the migraines left me unable to pursue those activities. Fortunately, I was still able to take photographs and it became a central aspect of my happiness. Deciding to launch an Etsy store featuring the Mouse photos I had been taking for years was a way to reach out to the world I could no longer interact with face to face. While I had to work very slowly because of the migraines, building a business was a very satisfying enterprise that filled my largely empty days with purpose. It's been very rewarding to see the little mouse I've loved for years and the photos that I began taking strictly for my own amusement being embraced by total strangers.

The migraines have made further progress with Mouse projects a slow and difficult process, especially after I had the bad luck of sustaining a concussion in a household accident in 2011. I have very limited time and energy to put into creative work, so that means children's books and more upgrades to this store have been on hold while I concentrate what strength I do have in building up a second, non-mouse macro photography store on Etsy. Photography, creativity, and selling on Etsy have been crucial to my sense of well-being during this tough years and it's been very special to have Mouse be a part of it!

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  • c.creativity

    Owner, Mouse Photographer

    I grew up loving mice and every possible creative activity! I studied art and literature in college, with a particular focus on drawing and creative writing. I worked for a time as a floral designer and now focus almost exclusively on photography.

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Last updated on February 4, 2011
Meet the Mouse!

He's been with me for more than twenty years, a bookmark that has served, during various stages of my life, as a plaything, a totem, and a muse. Standing just 7/8ths of an inch tall, with leather ears and a foot-long leather tail, Mouse surveys the world through mismatched pearly bead eyes. I use his diminutive size, smooth form, and ever-so-slightly jaded gaze to draw attention to the minute details of the everyday world that most people overlook, highlighting the fascinating textures and colors that make up the most ordinary of objects. I hope that Mouse can reintroduce you to the world that is in front of you all the time, but that so few people truly see. Enjoy!

All photos are printed on Kodak Professional Endura Supra papers, which are guaranteed to last a lifetime. Unless requested otherwise, all photos are printed on Matte paper, but Lustre, Glossy, and Metallic finishes are also available. (There is a small extra charge for metallic prints, but the vivid colors and shimmering contrasts are worth it!) Different print sizes may be available than those listed. I use a professional photo lab to print orders and usually receive the prints from them within four business days. When I mail the prints on to you, I carefully pack them in plastic sleeves inside rigid cardboard mailers to ensure they arrive undamaged. Prints are mailed via USPS.

Please convo me if you have questions, wish to make a request, want to select a finish, change a print size, or make special shipping arrangements. I look forward to hearing from you!

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If for some reason you are not satisfied with your order, you may return your print for a refund within 10 days of receiving it, but you will need to pay for return shipping. If your order is damaged on arrival, please notify me immediately and document the damage if possible. A replacement can then be arranged.
I currently only accept payment via PayPal. Sales taxes have been applied in accordance with Washington State law. Items will NOT be shipped until payment has been received.
Prints are enclosed in plastic sleeves and shipped for their protection in rigid cardboard mailers via USPS First Class Mail. Orders within the US can be expected to arrive 7-8 business days after the date of purchase. International shipping times may vary. Expedited shipping can be arranged for extra cost. Orders will NOT be shipped until payment has been received.
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I am willing to consider special requests, but reserve the right to make the final judgment call as to the feasibility of any custom project.