Thursday, July 14, 2011

Born to Hang

Recently I was surfing Etsy looking at all of the lovely art that people have to offer and I can across an amazing shop filled with hand made, polymer clay busts. These busts are absolutely amazing! Her name is Ashley Rose and her shop is Born to Hang. I talked to the shop owner and she was kind enough to be my newest featured shop interviewee. So sit back and check out this talented new artist!

My name is Ashley Rose Strobelt. I’m 26 years old from San Juan Capistrano California. I have a partner of 6 years and we have a dog together named Riley. He is our mute little child.
Before I found my interest in sculpting, I was working full time as a back office manager / registered dental assistant and going to school to pursue my passion for dentistry. At the time, I believe I was burning the candle at both ends and I had a complete physical collapse. It put me in the hospital. I have been taking a break to focus on myself including my health for a year and a half. 

The Artist

  1. How did you get your start in making busts and other items with clay and how long have you been doing this? 
November of 2010 I joined my friends to a local art and craft fair called Patchwork. This was my first art fair and I was overwhelmed by the talented vendors and their work. One artist stood out to me, Shing Yin Khor created these beautiful, fun sculptures of monsters. She blew my mind and inspired me to try sculpting December 2010. I finished a rather large octopus. After a short break, I began to play around with wall mounted caricatures May 2011.
Nowhere Fast Crow Skull with Roses Keepsake Jewelry Box

Freddy Krueger

2. Is working with clay something that came naturally for you or did you have to work at it and learn different and new techniques for sculpting?

I was surprised how quickly I took to sculpting. Because of my physical ailments, I started sculpting laying in bed. It began to be a type of therapy. Teaching myself, I have learned certain things the hard way but I enjoy every aspect of the learning process. I hope to take some classes in the future.
Hold the World at Bay
3. Where do you get your inspiration from?

Anatomy art is my favorite. Perhaps my background in the health field contributes to that. I also find inspiration from movies, poetry and the relationships in my life.
Put a Bird on It

4. How would you describe your creative process?

When an idea enters my head, I look at similar images that might refine my initial idea. Once I start, I’m excited to see where my imagination takes me. 
Frida Kahlo

5. Do you have a favorite item in your shop that you are particularly proud of either because it was a challenge or because of how it turned out? What is it and why? if you could include a link to it, I will post a pic of it with this question.

Edward Scissorhands is a memorable piece for me. I was very intimidated to attempt his scars, hair and facial features. I was actually pleased with how he turned out

Edwards Scissorhands

6. Are you working on anything new that you like to share with us?

I am just starting my own original artwork. A step away from the  familiar caricatures. I am currently working on an anatomy series and larger busts that I am really excited about. 

Meet Ana, the newest creation!

7. Do you do custom orders like if someone were to want a John Waters or Beetle Juice bust for instance... hint hint. 

Most of my orders are from word of mouth, but for those in the internet world who are curious, all you have to do is email me your idea, or create an Etsy account and there is a link on my shop page entitled “custom order”. I welcome very specific details wanted in a custom order. It makes it more fun!
Eddie Izzard "Cake of Death"

8.Where would you like to be in 10 years?

With my new found passion for art, I am setting both short and long term goals. My first goal is to be a vendor at Patchwork Art and Craft Fair. Then I would love to showcase a piece at the Sea No Evil Art Show Benefit for Sea Shepard. And I hope to one day have an art show and someones gallery.
Octopus Necklace

9. What advice would you give a new seller on Etsy?

I am actually a new seller on Etsy! As far as advice goes, don’t be  intimidated! Give thought to your shop name. It’s a great way to show case your work and very easy for buyers to use! 

Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen

Born To Hang Facebook page is under construction. Keep an eye on Ashley Rose's  Etsy shop for details on a future Giveaway!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Ghouls Rant

Usually I don't like to use the internet as my own personal soap box. I like to use social networking sites to promote my shop and friends and as a way to make people laugh. I like to introduce people to new ideas and events that they may not have heard about. However, today I am going to spend a few minutes just writing down some thoughts that I have and would like to share.

Recently, everyone has been outraged by the Casey Anthony Verdict. Yes, this does suck and people do have the right to get angry about the outcome and speak their minds about this. I personally think that is ridiculous that we live in a world where people who do such terrible things to children, whether it be murder, rape, or assault get off the hook so much easier than someone that sells drugs. I remember taking a family law class and hearing that 1 in 5 people convicted of child molestation actually serve time in jail and most are put on probation. Whereas, you can do jail time, have a suspended driver's license, and be on probation for just having weed. It's insane! Heck, there was even a case in Canada where a man (Guy Turcotte) was convicted of killing his two children by repeatedly stabbing them (46 times total) and he didn't serve any time! They said "vengeance is not the answer". Seriously?!?!?!?!?!!!! That is the reasoning!?!!!!!!

When it comes down to it, I like that people give a crap about the "bad" going on around them, but what I really want is for people to give a crap every day, not just when a major trial has an end like the Casey Anthony trial did. I think people should be pissed about gay rights! I think people should speak up more for harsher consequences for child molesters. I think people should voice their opinions on illegal immigrants and the education and "free money" they are given for health care.

In an effort to keep this rant short, I will just say this last bit: People need to fight for their rights and stay in the loop on current events, because if you're not on top of things you will get walked all over and maybe even stabbed with no guarantee that your killer will have a sentence to fit the crime.