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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Shop of the Week: South Paw Studios

South Paw Studios offers an ever-changing selection of handcrafted jewelry designed by self-taught, Toledo, Ohio, jewelry artist, Katy Mims. She designs necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. She also offers a bridal line and a wholesale line.

“I use a few different techniques in my jewelry line, some of which are some basic metal fabrication, which was studied through the Toledo Museum of Art. I also use basic to more advanced wire wrapping techniques in my designs. I am continuously evolving and staying up to date on the trends and new ideas in the industry. I try to make a conscious effort to think outside the box with every piece; to keep my customers curious and myself challenged.

I am very particular about the supplies I use in my work. I do not use any silver plated materials, and everything is hand selected in person - from the semi-precious and precious gems from India, to fresh water pearls from Hong Kong, to Balinesian beads from Bali, to authentic Venetian glass from the Island of Murano in Italy. I really strive to offer a top quality product at a reasonable price. There are no production lines or kits used. I am the sole artist behind South Paw Studios.

I get inspired from many things, from a shower curtain design, to a sunset. I know that sounds cliché, but really there are great color combinations in sunsets, nature can teach us a lot about what colors naturally look great together.”

Twitter Tricks: “Every item I list or renew on, I then immediately list it on Twitter, and try to introduce it with a ‘call to action’ phrase, by asking a question instead of just posting the description and link. It gets a few more clicks that way. Also try to get followed by your local Twitterers, like your local paper, news stations, radio stations, museums, art galleries, and artist groups. You never know when you might get a call from them wanting to feature you in an article or event since they see you all the time on Twitter. You might be the first person they think of before asking someone else. Branding really DOES WORK! One other thing, I found a treasure trove of local followers by looking to see who my local newspaper was following, now they are all following me!”

Keep your outfits accessorized with the affordable elegance and chic designs of South Paw Studios’ Jewelry line.

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All photos copyright Katy Mims/South Paw Studios


Mrs.Kwitty said...

Beautiful shop (and the product photos are fab!) Congrats to Southpaw Studio on the feature! I've added a mention in my blog :o)
Smiles, Karen

South Paw Studios said...

Looks great! I am honored to be shop of the week this week. very awesome! thank you thank you thank you to all of you that are posting to your blogs and tweeting!

tamdoll said...

Fantastic shop & genius twitter suggestions, thanks!

capecodjewel said...

Great article on a fabulous jewelry artist!

Sunny of The Beehive said...

Gorgeous work and perfect item photos!

ALN Designs said...

Thanks so much for the Twitter suggestions! Really great ideas that I never heard before.

Erika Pitera said...

Katy is a fabulously talented designer and her jewelry is just beautiful!

kuartzo said...

Just posted about the shop of the week!
South Paw Studios is one of my favorite jewelry shops on Etsy - beautiful design and great photos!

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