Denise of Etincelle Design has been creating things (wire decorations) and experimenting with different materials (vintage finds, leather bags) for many years. (Denise currently is deconstructing and making candelabras from brass wallmounted lamps.) More recently, Denise started making jewelry and opened up a few shops online. Etincelle Design is now filled with pages of contemporary earthy wire wrapped and metalsmithed jewelery inspired by tribal design, as well as wallets created from pieces of hand-cut leather.
When designing jewelry, Denise enjoys to work with copper, brass and silver - metals which have been traditionally used for ornaments, and she can't get enough of the beauty of natural stones. For her wallets, Denise like remaking and reusing leather, although she also buys larger offcuts and whole skins to get pretty finishes and a variety of colors.
Denise's main inspiration comes from ornamental and decorative traditions from all over. She finds it fascinating to learn about the significance of different materials, and specific motifs or items in a social, religious and historical context.
In addition to Artfire, Denise's work can be found on Etsy and Shophandmade. You can also keep up-to-date with Denise by following her on twitter, visiting her on Indiepublic and/or reading her blog on Artfire.
While you are looking around Denise's Artfire shop, take advantage of her special offer - 10% off your order for the duration of this giveaway and the week following it. When checking out, leave Denise a message telling her you were referred from this post and she will refund the difference via PayPal. This offer is only valid in Denise's Artfire shop.
For a chance to win this week's giveaway:
Mandatory: Visit Etincelle Design's Artfire Shop, come back to this blog post (not facebook) and post your favorite item and email address in the comments section of this post.
Additional chances to win (leave a separate comment with your email address for each entry):
1) Tweet the giveaway and post a link to your tweet in the comments below - 1 extra entry (once daily)
You may tweet the following: Win a #handmade leather wallet from @etincelledesign at http://bit.ly/9P9DCT. @NMGiveaway #Artfire #etsy #giveaway
2) Blog about the giveaway and post a link to your blog post in the comments below - 1 extra entry
3) Add one of my ad buttons (left hand sidebar) to your blog or website and post a link to your site in the comments - 1 extra entry
4) Join Nature Manipulated's mailing list (by doing this you agree to receive a monthly newsletter from NM)- 1 extra entry
5) Follow my blog publicly via Friend Connect - 1 extra entry
6) Purchase an item from the featured shop and post a link to the item you purchased (transaction link) - 5 extra entries
ENTRIES WITHOUT CONTACT INFORMATION WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE GIVEAWAY. (Email address, Etsy username and Artfire username accepted. If your Blogger profile links to your email or shop, that is acceptable too. Leave contact info for each entry. Tip: When leaving your email do not use the @ and . symbols, instead spell out AT and DOT.)
Entries for this giveaway will be accepted through Sunday, April 18, 2010, 11:59pm Eastern Time. I will notify the winner via email and the winner will have 48 hours to respond before I choose a new winner.
This giveaway is open to contestants worldwide.
Thanks for participating in this week's giveaway. Be sure to stop by every Monday for another great giveaway.
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