Etsy? You Betsy!
This is a new feature to highlight all the crafties in Maine who don’t necessarily have a physical shop or an online presence other than Etsy (www.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. Esty? You Betsy! will feature little-known or underground Maine artists who will make you stop just for a moment and think: “What…the?”
Indigotwin hails from small town Maine. We are Kirsten and Cortney, identical twin sisters, who have always enjoyed creating art together. From crayon rubbings as small children to works of art as adults, we have always given each other inspiration. We both graduated from the University of Maine with Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in 1998. Both of us try to get some crafting done when our small children are sleeping.
We were inspired to do these folk art sculptures from one of our amazing customers. We started our shop by making about five women with a Valentine theme to them. One was holding a heart, one was holding a string of hearts, etc. A customer saw these and wondered if they could choose the outfit, the hair and the accessories. They wanted to totally customize the piece to make it look just like them, including their green glasses! We start all of our custom pieces with a questionnaire, go on to a sketch, have it approved and then move on to the sculpting process. Since we are folk artists, we like the pieces to "resemble" the person but not be identical. We make them with big heads, big eyes and big accessories. We like to create something fun and whimsical and these have definitely been popular pieces especially for that hard-to-buy for person.
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.