Meet Annie of Tarnished & True on Etsy
And today you meet the cool and talented Annie, the artist behind Tarnished and True.
I am Annie Smith, the artist behind Tarnished & True, my handmade jewelry shop. I also mother two kids, wrangle puppies, garden, and love a good outdoor adventure.
What is your Craft story?
I came into metal smithing in college where I was required to take two semesters of a three dimensional art-like pottery, sculpture, or metals. Metals was the only class that worked with my busy schedule, and thank goodness, because I was in love the first time I cut a line in a piece of copper! I always thought I was a painter but now I know that working in metal is my true passion. It just feels right.
My family moved to Portland for my husband’s work. Having left my old routine behind, I found I had an opportunity to put my focus on something new, something I was really inspired by, and so I started designing and working in metal. I first listed on Etsy in April 2011, just a month after our move. I had no idea what I was doing, and hardly any inventory. My philosophy at the time was to enjoy the work, and if my jewelry inspired someone to buy it, well, that would be a bonus. I had no idea that I would be considering metal smithing my day job! Etsy keeps me more than busy enough, I don’t feel like I have time to sell anywhere else. However, I do look forward to participating in a market or craft fair someday.
What inspires you?
The challenge of my work definitely inspires me. Metal is a very unforgiving medium to work in, you have to get it just right or you’ve melted it with the torch, or are stuck tediously filing away a mistake. I guess I chase the finished piece-that wonderful feeling of elation when I’m looking at all my hard work sitting beautifully and tangibly before me.
Craftsmanship, and love. No matter what piece of jewelry I am working on, I take a lot of pride in what I’m creating-especially knowing it is for someone to cherish, in many cases, every day.
*Thanks so much Annie! Please see more of her work in her Etsy Shop!