This month’s featured MiniMonday shop is NatureManipulated: http://NatureManipulated.etsy.com. True to its name, this shop is a visual tour of all that nature offers in its beauty and elements. The creator behind “nature’s visuals” is Michelle, who believes that everything is a part of nature, some things are just
"nature manipulated."Michelle has taken her vision of nature just one step future creating one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry, handmade greeting cards, along with some beautiful photographs of nature’s beauty through her lens.
Michelle’s love of art started when she was a child taking art classes – continuing this passion at LaGuardia’s HS of the Performing Arts – which is located in Queen’s, NY, just outside of Manhattan, which in itself is an artist’s paradise! As most of us have experienced the confinements of assignments through school, Michelle took a break from her art work, but continued with her love of photography.
As a true artist knows, that need of creating a sketch or drawing of something we see, Michelle once again picked up those colored pencils, long neglected since HS, and began her passion of art while experiencing the colors that beauty that nature offers. It wasn’t long after that, that Michelle while shopping saw a pair of earrings she loved. Although out of her price range, Michelle realized that it was something that she could probably make herself. Thus the creation of her beautiful pieces of jewelry in her shop. Of course, true to her beliefs, her jewelry is a reflection of the natural gemstones with it unique colors that only nature could create.
Nature Manipulated’s shop also offers hand crafted cards created by Michelle. To learn more of Michelle art and her ideas visit her blog: http://Naturemanipulated.blogspot.com. I loved her blog where she searched the many shops on Etsy to make a Treasury of her own Baby Shower “reserved” list. Her blog also offers some useful tips for Etsy sellers on marketing the shops.
I love Michelle's quote regarding her lifetime passion: “I really enjoy creating things again and enveloping myself in the artsy world. I am glad that my childhood passion did not fade away forever. Sometimes when you take a little break, you come back stronger”; but it is her Philosophy that says the most about her, “At times it seems as if we have strayed so far from nature. We plan trips and vacations to be closer to it, to get away from everything that appears to be plastic. But plastic too is a part of nature, and everything man made is made from indigenous elements. Everything around us is nature taking on different forms. Everything is ‘Nature Manipulated’ “.