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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Featured Shop of the Week: Las Smart Arts

Lisa is a longtime member of the team and is the owner of Las Smart Arts on Etsy.

Originally from a small town outside of Philadelphia, PA, Lisa's early interest was in music. At the age of 15 she was orphaned and found she needed to depend on herself. By the age of 17, she was well versed in nearly a dozen musical instruments, most especially strings. She began performing and teaching guitar, classical and jazz, in her teens. After high school, Lisa continued her education in music at Berklee College of Music in Boston. It was there that she discovered an interest in recording and electronics technology.

After following a college friend to Illinois to start a band, and experiencing a few false starts, Lisa decided she needed to be able to support herself outside of the music industry. She pursued her education in electronics technology. For the next 29 plus years, Lisa worked for WILL AM, FM TV as Broadcasting Engineer installing, repairing, designing and maintaining all types of electronics including high power radio transmitters. Of her time there, Lisa says, "I saw the advent of the CD, satellite broadcasting and the transition to digital media where I became the first system administrator for the station’s broadcast computer server system. After nearly 30 years I called it quits and retired. During my career I kept my sanity by escaping into art and crafts of all types and finished my Masters in Humanities as an art history major."

In 1991, Lisa started Smart Arts as a small hobby/business selling jewelry. Then in 2004, she started exploring new techniques in acrylic painting which led to several juried shows and eventual gallery exposure in New York City a few years later. She sold her work on Ebay for a few years to try and increase sales and then discovered Etsy in the spring of 2010. By that fall, she was selling her jewelry which is now the main focus of her shop.

Lisa has a particular fondness for the Victorian Era and Steampunk genre. Her jewelry is a reflection of that time period. Color is an important element in Lisa's work. She colors her pieces by hand for a uniquely one of a kind flair. These are some of her favorite pieces.

Lisa has spent the past 34 years of her life living in a Queen Anne Victorian home standing majestically against the sky in Illinois. It is adorned in 16 different colors of paint in the eclectic style. An ongoing project, it still maintains most of it's original grandeur including a hand pump next to the kitchen sink and wallpaper in the entryway and upstairs hall that dates to 1894. Lisa shares her gorgeous home with a friend and numerous cats. Now that she is retired, Lisa enjoys the time afforded her to read and try new things. What could be better than that? One never knows where life will lead them.

Article edited by Leanna of Seams Victorian, Bits and Purses, and Teez Loueez.