i tried to come up with something really clever for this page. tried to think of how to explain who i am and why i do what i do. so i thought, what better way to get to know me than by a person who know me best? so here it goes, this is chelsea elyse through the eyes off…
Chelsea has always had a strong desire to create, to be innovative, and allow her artistic passion and vision to flow. As a young girl in Centreville, VA she was “artsy” to the point that she had a themed birthday party put on by the fictitious Young Artist Guild of Centreville. Using a host of different mediums and art supplies the party goers decorated the tablecloth, gift bags, and personalized picture frame; played Pin-the-Mustache on Rembrandt, and used their artistic skills in the kitchen to decorate their own pizza. Creativity and creation everywhere.
When we lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Chelsea attended an International School from 5th to 8th grade. International schools tend to have wonderful art programs that allow for creativity and growth. The school had a 6th grade Open House one evening with the school’s art works on display. Chelsea’s class created self-portrait drawings. As Brenda and I walked the display hall past the multitude of hand drawn 6th grade faces staring back at us it was becoming evident that Chelsea’s picture wasn’t among them. We did a second turn through to check again and there was one picture that stood out from the rest. It was a drawing of a 90-year old woman staring back at us surrounded by the youth of Chiang Mai International School. Staring at the picture it became evident that the features contained within were familiar and I was looking at what my daughter’s portrait might become as an old woman. Chelsea’s Art Teacher spoke to us about the assignment and described how Chelsea doesn’t like boundaries being put on her in her artistic pursuits. She balked at the assignment, was told she had to do a self-portrait and found a way to take her own path. Her teacher stated that, “over the course of an Art Teacher’s career you may come across a handful of students who have a unique vision and perspective that they express fully through their art. They push the boundaries and show others what is possible; your daughter is one of those students.”
That unique vision and perspective that shone through in Middle School remained through college. As part of her college-level art studies she was given an assignment to design and decorate a furniture piece. Having no experience working with furniture as a canvas she settled on creating a unique end table and table lamp using an eclectic color scheme to bring both pieces together. Her art professor at North Park University was impressed with the work and Chelsea received a good grade on the assignment. She was pleasantly surprised that her first time working with furniture produced such a good result. She was even more surprised when her professor contacted her later to ask if she could purchase the pieces and at what cost.
As a young adult Chelsea continues to bring a unique vision and perspective to her artistic endeavors. Enjoy pushing the boundaries and exploring the possible with her.
and that’s me in a nutshell folks. thanks dad.
the basic gist of the shop is that it’s my creative outlet. over the years, i’ve realized that continuing to create keeps me going, happy, and healthy. i am the happiest when i have five or six projects going at one time.
here’s how the shop works: i make things in limited quantities. and i do accept and welcome a few custom work challenges per year. i don’t particularly want to get burnt out or keep making something that i’m not into at all, so this just seemed to be the best way to start. and really…you, as the customer-reader-follower-friend-all-of-the-above, wouldn’t want that either.
so that’s the shop in a nutshell.