Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Fabulous Trade

I saw this absolutely fantastic necklace on Flickr and immediately thought that I wanted it so bad. I absolutely loved the design. So I wrote to the artist asking if this necklace was available. She replied to me saying that it is in fact available and she would love to do a trade. "Perfect..." I thought, I couldn't thought of a better idea. The trade was in my head too, I just wasn't sure if that's appropriate to ask. And she happens to live in Austin, TX (I'm in Houston,TX), small world...it's almost like shopping local. She wanted me to make a Nuno Felted scarf for her daughter in pastel green/blue/lavender colours. So I went with lavender, I thought it's perfect for a teenager who probably wears jeans all the time ( I might be wrong here...). It was a perfect trade, my first ever. So, if you ever see something that you like, don't hesitate to ask if the artist is willing to do a trade with you. He/she might agree or not, but it doesn't hurt to ask. Visit Randee's Etsy shop for more of her beautiful work.

Industrial Strength Necklace by Randee M Ketzel
Lavender Nuno Felted Scarf by me.


  1. Hi, I did once at a workshop with someone who brought beautifull sari's with her. I gave her my first layered art-object. It is a good deal to trade as long as both are happy! (an old dutch expression says to childs swapping gives tears....) Anyway you both did a good trade!

  2. Olga, you're so sweet! I actually felt that I came out on the best end of this trade--and I am sooo pleased that such a talented artist is wearing my work. My daughter just got her braces off today (After 8 years!!!!) and the scarf is her congratulations present--today!
    Thanks again so much, and I look forward to seeing your new work.
    Yours gratefully,

  3. Hi Dorie, oh saris are beautiful, I have yet to try felting with it. I agree trades are a great idea, you give and you get, what can be more exciting. Randy here was getting a surprise package, she decided not to see the photos of the scarf before I mailed it. Makes me feel really good since she was that confident in my work.
    Hi Randee, congrats to your daughter, she made it ! Tough girl ! If one can handle braces for 8 years, one can achieve anything in their life. And I'm really honoured to wear your artwork, I'm sure I'll get tons of compliments. Your necklace is absolutely fantastic !!!

  4. great trade! Olga, hope you will wear it tomorrow to the 60th Anniversary party of the Houston weavers!

  5. Antje, great idea ! I'll see you there.

  6. Oh No...I missed it. Did you wear it?

  7. Not yet. Waiting for the right moment and outfit :)