I like to introduce you to CopperLeafStudios! Chris's work is so unuseal I couldn't help but to stop and stare. So please have a look around Chris's etsy shop and prepare to be amazed :)
Please you tell us about yourself and your back ground?
My name is Chris Zielski, and I own Copper Leaf Studios LLC. My background is in art education, and it's had a huge impact on my work. In teaching, you have to be fluent in a variety of media. Because of this, I often find myself combining different techniques, or looking at materials in a non-traditional way.
Can you tell us abit about your work and how did you start your etsy shop?
I began working in metal after researching non-toxic printmaking techniques for a high school class. Things changed and I never ended up teaching the lesson, but was hooked! I began selling privately & through galleries, and about a year ago set up shop on etsy.
What usealy sparks off an idea and please tell us about your latest products:
My pieces are inspired by nature and geometry, and mostly come from experimentation. I do a lot of sketches, and try different colors and shapes to keep it fresh. My latest designs are cut copper maps. The idea started when I received a commission to create a piece for a conference on urban artist housing. I designed it to look like a map of the Great Lakes. It was made up of 20 individual abstract pieces, and at the end of the conference, each of the guest speakers was presented with one of the abstracts as a thank you gift. The original is seen here:
It inspired my current line of custom maps & abstracts on etsy.