Meet Alia – Friday’s Featured Artist

Can’t believe it’s Friday again! (Who could have predicted ANOTHER Friday?!?!) Time goes by so fast when you’re having fun, I guess! Tomorrow is my craft show at Mead H.S., and tonight I’m going to a performance of Spamalot, which, IMO, is one of the greatest musicals EVER. Hence, the reason I’m seeing it a second time. I am sure I will be singing my own version of “Lancelot” for many days to follow. Much to the annoyance of my poor, darling husband.

But besides my own musical ventures for the day, Friday also means another awesome thing. It just so happens to be the day I introduce a you to a fabulous Etsy artist. Through my thorough [gotcha] questions, I will allow you to get to know the artist’s deepest secrets and desires. Or, in the very least, why he or she makes his or her craft of choice. Today’s featured artist is Alia. If you any geeky/nerdy/gamer persons on your Christmas list – she has your go-to shop! Read her interview below to find out more:

Meet Alia

Can you sum yourself up in 3 sentences? Give it a go!

If I had to sum myself up in 3 sentences I’d say: I’m a 27-year-old wife and a mother to a 5-year-old autistic son. I am an artist, crafter, writer and nature lover. I’m kind of a geeky loner, who loves video games, science fiction, jewelry, and Japanese culture.

Tell us about what you sell on Etsy:

I sell handmade jewelry, accessories, and collectibles, most of them with a video game or post-apocalyptic theme. I love sculpting with polymer clay, and using vintage and found objects in my work. I like making tiny things and using little glass bottles.

Super Mario Charm Bracelet - $25

What is your favorite thing about creating?

My favorite thing about creating (especially with polymer clay) is that I can make practically anything, and make things that I want that I can’t find anywhere else.

Where do you find your inspiration?

My inspiration comes from many places, including video games, nature, Japan, vintage finds, or is centered around a particularly interesting jewelry component or object.

Video Game Controller Charm - $7.00

Do you have any selling tips or tricks for other Etsy sellers?

My best advice for other people selling their items online is to find a niche that no one else has filled yet, and make something for it. There are a lot of people selling video game based items on Etsy, but I was the first to start making Fallout Nuka-Cola jewelry, and filling the need for jewelry based on Metroid, Okami, and other games. It’s not how many views you have, but if you’re reaching your target audience. What I have also found to be effective is to have a wide variety of items, and list new items often.

Do you have a coupon code for us?

You can use the coupon code SAVE15 for 15% off anything in my shop!


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5 thoughts on “Meet Alia – Friday’s Featured Artist

  1. Duni November 11, 2011 at 6:31 am Reply

    Great interview! Those controller charms are amazing :)

  2. Tiffany Barry November 11, 2011 at 7:14 am Reply

    Love these charms! My husband is a die hard gamer… going to have to check out her shop!

  3. MaryFaithPeace November 12, 2011 at 10:27 pm Reply

    Thanks for celebrating creativity in beads and fellow artists! Miniaturization is not an easy thing – Alia does it well!

    Cheers from the Etsy Blog Team,

    • MegansBeadedDesigns November 13, 2011 at 9:44 pm Reply

      Tru dat! I’ve done some work with polymer clay and resin, but am no where near the level as Alia. She is awesome, and working with polymer clay is TOUGH.

  4. pet collage paradise November 13, 2011 at 8:15 am Reply

    the charms are adorable and so creative!

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