There's never a dull moment on the TAGT Team! We're constantly doing new and exciting projects and the most recent one we launched in mid-July is our Featured Shop Project.
Each week, we feature one of the fabulous shops within our team. This week, we are featuring Nancy's shop, Pet Collage Paradise!
Get a cup of your favorite beverage and sit with us a moment and get to know a wonderful lady!
First, I asked Nancy to tell us what inspires her.
"I started taking photographs many years ago but have no formal training as an artist. Why pet collages? Well, the pieces just fell into place over time, just like a collage does. I took some good photos of animals, made some collages for friends, then I got a cat and had an AHA moment. Why not make pet collages for fun AND profit? The fun part is handled - the profit part, not so much - yet!"
Artists are usually surrounded by all sorts of materials. Here are some of Nancy's favorites: handmade papers, rhinestones, vintage ephemera, and pretty miniature things (that she's always buying everywhere she goes). She loves stickers too.
I also asked her to share some of her favorite items for sale in her shop. Take a look at these lovely creations!
"My current favorites are the "I love" line. I'm quite proud of these, especially since I figured out how to make my own backgrounds and how to use photoshop to write on stuff. (in this case,on dresses)
I'm working on the "top 10" - the most popular dog breeds. So far, I've done Shitztzus, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Poodles and Beagles. I can custom make an "I love" collage to feature any animal and can even include images of an actual pet and person.
Nancy treasures her talent as a recent blogger. She's having fun with her new site and hopes you will become a follower at http://www.petpooparazzi.blogspot.com/
When I asked her about other hobbies she'd like to develop, she only replied that she wants to have more time for making collages and writing for her blog.
We love our teammates for the personality they bring to our team. Nancy is no exception. She is passionate about her relationship with animals and the role they play in enriching the lives of humans. Here are some final thoughts she'd like to share with you.
"I am a clinical social worker with a private practice and I also work at a middle school helping kids deal with the dramas of the pre-teen years (OMG!) For the holidays, I'm thinking of offering anyone who buys a pet collage a free therapy session! In my professional opinion, though, the best therapy of all is having an animal companion...And if you live near a dog beach, going there and just taking it all in. I consider dog beaches "heaven on earth" and myself a "Chicago beach pawparazzi". Check out some of the photos on my blog at http://www.petpooparazzi.blogspot.com/2011/07/bullies-on-beach.html
I donate a portion of sales to Chicago's "Red Door Shelter", where all kinds of animals are rescued and the only place in the city that rescues rabbits. I'm a member of ETSY's team EFA - Artists for Animals, a wonderful group of artists who contribute to animal related causes and promote animal welfare.
On a final note and I do mean final, I lost my beloved Persian cat, Roscoe, a few months ago. I miss him madly.