Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Discovered: Made with Love

Made with Love is another amazing store I've found while spending time at craft markets over the past year.  The Terrariums are fabulous so I invited their creator, Darsh Armstrong, to share a little of her story with us.  So grab a cuppa while you read - and don't forget to click on the links to visit her shop.

Please tell us a litte about yourself
Made with Love is my business which I run full time.  This is a fairly young business, which started up in November last year.  Art, tending to my plants and photography have always been part of my life.  I now combine all three to create and display my hand-painted terrariums.  My lovely husband and I live in Mt Wellington with our two fur babies, our cats, Cassius and Chloe.

What inspires you in your creative process?
Nature inspires me.  There is so much beauty in our world. I work with gorgeous succulents and cacti which have so much character and appeal on their own.  When I paint a terrarium, I want to add to their beauty to create something really special.  The materials I work with, like shells and stones, all have a story behind them.  I feel inspired thinking about how far the glacier stone has had to come before I choose it to use in one of my pieces.


What is your favourite thing to make?
I love to make my larger hand-painted terrariums.  In a larger piece, I am able to add more detail to the paintings.  I can also use both acrylic and glass paints to create great textures and effects.  It is so much fun creating a little world for my plants.  The painted elements allow me to add more personality to the terrarium and creates a piece of art that is unique.

What's your favourite currently in your shop?
It would have to be 'Fly with Me'.  I love the texture I can create with acrylic paint on glass to create the fluffy, soft feathers of the birds.  Painting on a rounded glass vessel is also a good challenge for me.

Fly with Me

What are your hobbies outside of crafting?
I love to travel, listen to music, read, wine and dine.  I have been loving belly dance lessons I started earlier this year. You also won't find me too far from my camera.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I would go back to Italy.  I absolutely love the art, food, history and culture there.  I have already been to Rome, Venice and spent some time travelling around Tuscany.  I would also love to visit South Africa, a lot of the plants I love and work with originate from there.

Thanks so much Darsh for sharing with us.  If you'd like to follow Made with Love on Social Media, click here, and also checkout all the fabulous creations on the website.  And if you'd like to meet Darsh and see her Terrariums in person, click here to see her market schedule.