Thursday, November 4, 2010

Artist Interview: VICKI DIANE DESIGNS


Welcome to my November Artist Interview!
Who doesn't know Vicki Diane on Etsy? Who doesn't know her "Non Stop Rotation Of ARTISTS EXPOSED"? Vicki is a wonderful and sparkling personality, she puts an incredible amount of energy and enthusiasm into promoting other artists, she adores animals and... she is a talented jewelry designer. This multi-talented lady has been traveling the world as a pianist and singer, she paints with a passion and she creates fab jewelry under her own brand Vicki Diane Designs! She is based in beautiful Andalucia, Spain, where she creates her "sexy, bold & funique" jewelry. Even before knowing her personally, I was fascinated by the incredible passion for life and her work that shines through her Profile. Then I got to know a really sweet person and a lovely friend!! And a wonderful mixed media jewelry artist!
Vicki is a member of EFA (Etsy For Animals), Etsy Mentors SAS (Sellers assisting sellers) and a honorary member of the ETT (Etsy Treasury Team) among other Etsy teams she has joined.
Vicki passionately loves life and color! In her own words, she is "in LOVE with life, colour, music and art". Art truly is in her genes, even her photography and the names of her pieces are art in themselves. Her sign? A Libra... what else :)?? Here she shares her artistic journey and her adventurous life with us!
Welcome Vicki!


Firstly thank you Anna for this :D)
I was born in London, England to wonderful parents, who both were very gifted musically.
My father was a successful film director and my mum, a nurse and great pianist, therefore my creativity was inside me from the very first *SLAP* !


I started singing, dancing and acting from a very early age. My inspiration was my father, who was then in partnership with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. although dad sadly died when I was only nine from TB. I attended drama school a while, but hate rules and regulations, and left to do cabaret in London, until I was able to leave the cold wet UK and set off for the Bahamas on a whim (being the daring *free spirit* that I remain ), where I lived and worked - playing piano and singing the blues and show music there for 5 years.


This kick started my love of the exotic surroundings...blue seas and skies, hot yellow suns and vibrant breathtaking sunsets. Spoiled I became as I travelled the (warmer parts) of the globe... Jamaica, Florida, the Greek Islands, a year in the Arab Emirates - the list goes on....


I now have lived for 12 and a half years between the Mediterranean -gorgeous Southern Spain- for about 10 months of the year, and have a home in North West England, where I spend a couple of summer months. There, the contrast is green and lush as opposed to the white sands and craggy proud mountains of Andalucia.


I started playing around making jewellery when I used to go back to London in between contracts, and sold in the infamous Camden Market and The Laines in Brighton, where I realized I could sell my pieces - ALL of 23 years ago. They were then VERY over the top and not quite as honed as they are now :) It was a great self taught gradual learning (by mistakes) process culminating in my selling here in Spain at Fashion Shows and to the shops plus I have invited jewelry parties and a fabulous loyal clientele.


I also paint when I have time (which is hardly ever :( and spent years painting people's animals and portraits which I REALLY enjoyed :D)



My favorite colors are ANY animal print (if that counts ), and red, black and gold combinations.


I love animals with a passion and have been on safari in Kenya and must have got the addiction from there.... Unfortunately I travel too much to be able to have any pets which saddens me so :(


I create in an outdoor patio covered area which overlooks fountains and the sea which is about 20 metres away.


I simply LOVE what I do and can only imagine that I would be MORE happy if I was ABLE to stay away from the computer so much, but I love promoting artists through my ARTISTS EXPOSED Treasury's in the wonderful world of Etsy.
More sales would be FABulous too :P)


Thank you dear Vicki for this gorgeous interview and for sharing your exciting world! Your passion for life and your work really shines through your words! We wish you lots of fun and continuing success with your work and your life!
You can find Vicki's bold and passionate jewelry in her Etsy shop Vicki Diane Designs.

©AnnukCreations

50 comments:

Colours and Textures said...

Well done Annuk, I have enjoyed reading a nd learning more about Vicki and her gorgeous work.

Vicki Diane said...

WOOOHOOO !
How beautifully you have displayed this feature and how honored I am to be spotlighted in this manner Anna :)
I value your friendship and am a great fan of your designs too.
I think that us both being Librans and living in BEAUtiful surroundings started off our *bond.
Many thanks for taking the time to do this .
I really appreciate it xox

The Muse said...

bellisimo!

wildflowerdesigns said...

Wonderful interview AnnukCreations !

Annuk said...

Thank you girls :)!!!!!!

Vicki: it's my greatest pleasure to host you and your amazing work on my little blog! Thank you again for your time and for your precious friendship!!!!

Sigalit said...

This is a gorgeous interview !
I had no doubt, that your life surrounded by art
The jewelry you're doing, their photographs, colorful, sexy atmosphere reflect your passion for life:)
Wishing you many more years of creativity and lots of sales. lol
xoxo

antigoni said...

Vicki is like her jewelry... Sexy & Unique :)
Nice to know more about her!

stephania said...

very interesting feature Anna!

Thejoyofcolor said...

Fantastuc colorful interivew .
I awe much to Vicki (as a lot of us etsyan)
Now i know and envy her for her colorful amazing tour in life,
Thanks Anne for sharing this with us.
Good luck to you and Vicki
Yael

ingermaaike said...

What a wonderful whirlwind!

Annuk said...

Thank you from both me and Vicki for your sweet comments!!! Glad you enjoyed getting to know more about her life and inspiration!

Split Second Change said...

Really Enjoyed reading this and ABSOLUTELY love the photography!!! POWERFUL PHOTOS !!! JOB WELL DONE!!!!

lunaessence said...

Great interview with our lovely and talented Vicki Diane . I especially love the pic of you playing Vicki and of course I just cannot get enough of your beautiful creations. Congrats Annuk and Vicki !!

Diana

Moonflower20 said...

A truly fabulous interview, and I'm so glad to learn a little more about Vicki! Eventhough I already know she's a wonderful person who is so multi talented, caring, loving, fun, and a delight to get to know, it's great that others might get to meet her through this interview!

Edi'sTreasures said...

Wonderfull interview, enjoyed reading it,..congratulaitons Annuk and Vicki,well done :)

bluemoose said...

wow.. very nice insight to a BRIGHT
AND BEAUTIFUL LADY!
Multi talented of course! Nice interview!

Made for Me by Oaklie said...

Wonderful feature for a wonderful Artist and Lady!
Love it! Congratz Vicki!!

jewelry by NaLa said...

Vicki is indeed a rock star on Etsy, and I have no doubt wherever she travels, she leaves behind people who are happier just for having known her. I'm so grateful for the online friendship we've begun to forge, and it's been fun reading this very interesting article about her.
Love ya, "Viv". xo

ShapedByHand said...

I've just started to get to know Vicki but I am always smiling when I read her post or enjoy her many creative works! She is a like a cupcake with extra frosting. I especially love her caring and sharing attitude in the handmade community. She is truly a lovely woman!! Thank you so much for this glimpse into the life of a wonderful person!

cooljewelrydesign said...

A remarkable commentary about an equally remarkable person and artist. I did not know about the love of animals--understand all about that. I felt like I was in the room with you both--the photos are amazing--but then, they are "you."

Thank you both! :-)

Pam

creationsbyeve said...

wonderful interview!I enjoyed so much knowing more about Vicky!Thanks for sharing :)

Annuk said...

WOW girls, I'm SOOOOOO happy you are loving Vicki's interview so much!!! THANK YOU for all your wonderful comments! Vicki is indeed a wonderful person, and the sweet comments of people knowing her add even more insight about this not just incredibly talented but also sensitive, loving and caring lady!

Morrgan said...

A very inspiring read! Thank you Vicki and Annuk!

Vicki Diane said...

I just popped back again, cos I'm so nosy- and what BEAUtiful comments from everyone WOW !!
Thanks again Anna and all who've been so very kind xox

Rita alias alatvian said...

Many thanks to both of you for this interview!

Enchanted Beads said...

What a fantastic interview! We all LOVE Vicki and now I love Anna for doing this!

ileana

Judy Elizabeth said...

Wonderful interview, fascinating back story of a full-of-life Artist! Love you Vicki Diane and what you do for everyone!♥

Judy Elizabeth

Annuk said...

It's so touching how much (well deserved) love you are showing Vicki!!!!! Thank you girls!!!

Doug and Allurynn said...

Bravo! How wonderful to learn a bit more about Vicki Diane. She's such a powerful and profound influence on the Etsy community. She's an absolute treasure!! Thanks Annuk.

Lesli Torregrosa said...

Meravigliosa creatura <3<3<3

Lesli Torregrosa said...

Ok, they were meant to be 3 hearts! :))))

pantarei said...

dearest Anna!I saw this interview coming to life while you were here at my place spending these wonderful 2 weeks together my cousin!!!
vicki is such a unique personality and her jewels reflect her love for life!!
Brava!
xoxoxoo

heartshapedcreations said...

A fascinating interview from an amazing lady & artist!!! Thank you Anna and Vicki for sharing this amazing interview with us :)

localcolorist said...

Vicki is the Queen of Hearts of Etsy in my world and I think you have composed a lovely feature about a treasured international artisan.

Annuk said...

Thank you all so very much for your more-than-wonderful comments!!! Vicki and I are thanking you all for all the love you're showing! I'm so glad for Vicki, she really deserves it!

Dawn Steckmesser said...

Vicki ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Great interview Anna of a beautiful, gifted lady, I have had the great pleasure of appearing in some of her fabulous treasuries. A wonderful, talented lady, generous with her time to others and always willing to promote other artists work. I would love to meet this special lady and see her work in the flesh.

Divadezines said...

Vicki and Anna, we love your gorgeous creations. Thankyou both, for the insight into this lovely lady.

qaraqul said...

Very inspiring and interesting interview with Vicki! It is such a pleasure to know a bit more about the person behind who happens to be very talented, bold and funny! Well done to both of you, Vicki and Anna!:-)

Annuk said...

I'm really touched at so much love you are showing Vicki!!! I'm so happy you are enjoying her interview so much!!!! THANK YOU ALL for your great comments!!!

ayawedding said...

fabulous interview with great Vicki:)
she is a great artist

Nancy van den Boom said...

Thanks for featuring Vicki so beautifully here! She's a wonderful artist but first of all person. She helped me too show my work and our conversations were fun. I admire her skills and talent a lot. But most of all the warmth that shows through cyberspace!

donauluft said...

wonderful! I loved to read this, really an impressing artist and person!

Vicki Diane said...

Me here again with another shower of kisses to sprinkle on ALL of you- ( anonymous as well ;P)
Anna- you deserve so much credit for this, and hope everyone's reading about YOU and popping into YOUR shop too xoxoxoxox

Hats by Anne said...

Beautiful Spanish Lady...I knew you were all CLASS, but I am to impressed with all the wonderful events of your life...you are an Artist's Artist!!!! I am so happy to call you FRIEND!!!

Annuk said...

My sweet ladies... the love you're showing Vicki is such a wonderful "reward" for this interview I really enjoyed making!!!
THANK YOU ALL!!!!!!!

(((Vicki))) you're exactly like the comments here describe you: a WONDERFUL person!!!!! I think all the comments are a beautiful "frame of love" that makes your interview really complete, as they add something about you: your HEART!
Thank YOU Vicki!!!!! We all love you!!!!!

Ann said...

Vicki's personality just effervesces all over the page with her glorious use of colours and textures. A rock star indeed!

l'actrice said...

It's such a great feature! Vicki is an amazing artist and really lives her life:-)

Maryanne said...

What a gorgeous interview about a gorgeous lady. I love reading about how artists live and where they find their inspiration. Vicki, you've lived a full and exciting life thus far. Anna, thankyou for such a great interview :)

Annuk said...

Thank you for your sweet comments, ladies!!! :)

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