Today’s Friday Featured Artist is Nicole E. Ashton. You can visit her website at www.nicholepaints.com, or her Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/ashtonatelier. Learn more about Nichole by checking our her work an dreading the interview below:
Can you sum yourself up in 3 sentences? Give it a go!
I’m a small town girl who was born in raised in Louisiana — west of New Orleans. I love to make my own jewelry and baking desserts. Superman is my favorite superhero.
Tell us about what you sell:
I’m making art fashionable. Really! My shop, Ashton Atelier, is currently all about custom hand painted shoes. I hand paint characters onto the soles of shoes that customer’s provide. Sending the shoes themselves ensures that they get the size they need and a style they love. They can choose almost any character, color, have something written (painted) like their wedding date, or even have a portrait painted all on the bottom of their shoes. It certainly makes every step they take unique. I’m happy to take requests for the more traditional, wall-hanging art too. :)
What is your favorite thing about creating?
I have so many favorite things! I love providing specific requests. Seeing new styles of shoes that customers send. Hearing about their or the recipient’s reactions. The list keeps growing.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Childhood memories. I think about what some of my favorite things were growing up, or what the classics are and include them in the collection.
Do you have any advice for other sellers?
If your product is something that’s wearable, then wear it. It’s the best free advertising!