Sunday, November 11, 2007

Giftbearer's Many Gifts

Pippit Carlington (AKA Giftbearer on Etsy) has been creating …everything… ever since she was 2 years old. At age 5 she was composing songs on the piano and teaching herself to play by ear. From there, the world was waiting! Now she is a skilled jewelry artist of 23 years, with a shop online on Etsy and displays her work in many other venues.

“Seeing something made from nothing into a beautiful object has always been a gratifying experience to me, so I keep doing it and trying to top the last thing I made.”

Giftbearer, as Pippit is known on Etsy, has very detailed work with an wide range of styles, no doubt rooted in her diverse heritage. There is a very unique flavor to her lovely jewelry, as you can see.

"A Hint of Something Deeper" is one of Ms. Carlington's personal favorites, due to its complexity and details. This piece seems to have a Polynesian flavor.

"Medicine Man" and "Many Muses" both display definite Native American influence.

She is an incredibly prolific and productive self-starter, as her professional and artistic resume shows. Formal training includes Callenwolde Center for the Arts, The Atlanta College of Art, and Atlanta Jeweler's School and Studios.

Ms. Carlington has exhibited in many showcases, exhibits and galleries, and has been featured in many shops. For a complete list of this incredibly energetic artist, check out Giftbearer's profile on Etsy.

Pippit works in several mediums including acrylics, watercolor, drawing, clay sculpture, and jewelry. She is in the process of teaching herself more elaborate wire wrapping, metal stamping, and additional bead weaving stitches and is also exploring further into PMC (precious metal clay). She also hopes to
learn Chainmaille and would one day love to go to an artist retreat to take some intensive classes in more advanced metal fabrication.

A multicultural influence is evident in her work, reflecting a widely diverse heritage including Iroquois Indian, Hawaiian, Russian Jewish, and French Canadian. She is strongly influenced by nature, political and social issues, and uses her art to educate the public.

“The sense of community in our country is not what it used to be … people must pull together to make good things happen.”

Pippit is also a very caring person, who “puts her money where her mouth is.”

She has mentored artists with mental illness in a psychosocial rehabilitation program she developed called Artvision, which she operated out of her home on a shoestring budget. The project was fully self-supporting, receiving no government funding. Artists in the program received help and guidance in learning all aspects of how to run an art-based business. This prepared them to earn money using a talent they already have.

Many other volunteer efforts benefited from Ms. Carlington’s generosity of spirit, as well, including online support and treatment information line for persons with autoimmune disorders and Hurricane Katrina survivors.

Most recently, Pippit has initiated an innovative new marketing plan among artists on Etsy called the “90 Features in 90 Days Challenge”. If you are an Etsy seller who would like to increase your sales, learn more about the 90 Day Blog Challenge, check out the thread and sign up HERE! Some sellers whose sales were previously stagnant have already reported sudden sales after 28 days with 54 participants! (I have noted increased activity)

Other Online Sites for Ms. Carlington (Giftbearer)'s work:

Mindt (items available in this store soon)

GiftBearer’s Blogs (including features on Etsy artists)

Giftbearer's Flickr Profile and Photostream:

The Art Jewelry Collective Street Team Blogs:


Giftbearer said...

Thank you for the glowing feature!!!

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed this beautifully written and thoughtful feature. Phyllis

Kirra said...

People should read this.