I thought things were bad but bearable without a phone line (yes, it has been a week but still no tone), but they got exponentially worse when we realized yesterday the internet was also cut. The shred of contact we had with anyone who wasn’t a local, has been severed for an indefinite amount of time. What am I feeling right now? Very definite hate for phone / internet companies and it’s a good thing it’s a Friday and I have friends.
Let me introduce you to Urbandesign, who stumbled on a new hobby and business after joining Etsy! If you haven’t noticed the paradox, let me tell you, things don’t run like that in the Etsy community; you open a shop after you’ve discovered your obsessive hobby. Unless you misread the signs and you’re lucky to unravel a side of you that you never knew existed.
This is urbandesign’s story.
She opened a jewelry shop last year on Etsy, and set to promote it, she started looking for good ways to photograph her creations. And that’s how her new love and absolute obsession was born: Photography. She purchased her real camera last spring and has let her artistic eye take her on a new journey. It wasn’t until February 2009 that she felt comfortable enough to sell her photos online on Etsy, where her shop suddenly became the centre of the focus.
Love Blooms II - 8x8 Fine Art Print
In her brief and creative career as a photographer, she managed to get five photos selected for the set of the upcoming thriller The Roommate (released in 2010), much to her surprise and utter exultation. In her words, “I about had a stroke the day they sent me a [message] through Etsy asking for permission to use them!”
She tries to make time for her photography and often takes her three children along to her photographic adventures.
Thankfully, she had a little time left to tell me a little something about herself. Let me share it with you.
Pool of Bliss - 8x12 Fine Art Print
My name is…Maleah Matthews.
I make…fine art photography prints.
I’m inspired by…everything in nature. Nothing like being outdoors to get my creative juices flowing!
I cannot live without…my family — I adore my children and I can’t imagine my life without them or my husband.
All Things Beautiful - 8x12 Fine Art Print
An item I’ve made that was hard to let go…The only thing I’ve ever been sad to sell wasn’t something I made. It was my oldest child’s first Easter dress. I didn’t think it mattered that much to me, but when I packaged it up to mail I started bawling like a baby. Seems kinda silly now!
I create because…it is very relaxing to me. It is one of the only times I feel like I can escape from my crazy busy life.
I wish I…had more hours in the day so that I could do all the things that I’m always creating in my head!
If I could learn another art it would be…someday I would like to try painting or quilting.
My website is…www.urbandesign.etsy.com
The Sparrow - 8x8 Fine Art Print
I blog because…it’s a fun way to connect with other people, artists and bloggers. I’ve met some of the nicest people this way!
One day…I hope to travel more; there are so many beautiful places to photograph!
I started…a Facebook fanpage last month and that has been a really fun way to interact and get feedback on my photos.
I always…enjoy a hike with my kids.
If I were a color I would be…blue — it’s my fave!
Stars In The Sky - 8x12 Fine Art Photograph
My full-time job…I own a salon with a staff of 25 people, and I’m a hairstylist
In a nutshell…I love that I get to create and do what I enjoy!
In a bigger nutshell: I would love for photography business to grow to the point that I could spend more my time doing this and getting paid for it! I’m working towards a photography vacation with my family!
Here’s where you can find urbandesign:
Or you can become a fan: http://facebook.com/pages/Urban-Design-Photography/86438245904
I leave you with some more of her romantic photos and a note: You have Internet, and I don’t, so enjoy it!
The Old Grove - 8x8 Fine Art Print
Town Meeting - 8x12 Fine Art Print
Dream Scape - 8x12 Fine Art Print
Poppy Enchanted - 8x8 Fine Art Print