This feature highlights all the crafties in Maine who don’t necessarily have a physical shop or an online presence other than Etsy (etsy.com), which is like an online open craft fair that allows users to sell vintage items, handmade items that are modified, as well as unique (sometimes downright wacky) handcrafted art.
Maggi Blue is a Warren, ME graphic designer, glass artisan, metalsmith and an all-around crafty girl who isn’t happy unless she’s blowing something up in her kiln. She’s been on Etsy since May of 2008 and thinks it is a great way to show off one's wears complete with a built-in fan base and and easy-to-use seller tools. Most known for her kicky, fused glass pendants, her latest line focuses on bold, hand-hammered metal jewelry. I especially dig her rings. She’s got a “Dude Line” and a “Lady Line.”
The copy reads: “Made with a manly finish... scuffed up and brassy like your man.” On Facebook, someone commented: “What the hell is a manly finish?” Consulting Maggi and her husband Dwight, on this very question, they answer: “It’s like you just finished field dressing a bear in Afghanistan.”
Is that manly enough for you, Dude?
Says Maggi, “The women's rings are perfect for fidgety people. I made them because in meetings, I’m the pen clicker lady. I'm the one everyone shoots dirty looks. So, I had to come up with something less annoying to play with. Fun fact: My silver stacking rings with recycled silver balls got changed to ‘baubles’ because it was the Lady Line and there was only so many times I could type in the word ‘balls’ and not giggle.”
To find more of Maggi’s jewelry and metalworks, go to etsy.com/shop/MaggiBlue
The Killer Convo
This blog is a is a killer roundup of all arts, entertainment, brewery & distillery, food trucks, happy hour happenings in the Midcoast Maine. Feel free to email me anything about Midcoast arts, entertainment & the creative economy.