Artists ~ Sara ~ Newport

Artist’s name: Sara
Shop name: Reilig Designs

1. Tell us about your work: 
I mainly sell cremation jewelry and custom jewelry in my Etsy shop. In my Amazon shop I sell these items as well as many others, including oddities. I enjoy making jewelry and household items out of bones.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business? 
Reilig is Gaelic for graveyard, or burial ground. Being mostly Irish, I thought this was an appropriate and beautiful name for my business. I work with cremation jewelry and bones.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer? 
I have always been into art and creating. I was at the top of my class in art classes throughout my school years, and almost went to RISD. However, someone else won the scholarship and I never went. I grew up in a middle class family and never could afford to go to art school, but I am self taught in many things, so that never hindered me much.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration? 
I love that I can create a piece, and ship it across the world. I love that right now, someone in England is wearing something that I made with my own hands.

5. What’s your favorite item to create? 
Necklaces, hands down. There are so many different things I can do with a necklace.

6. What’s your best seller? 
Urn necklaces and jewelry made from claws.

7. How long have you been in Rhode Island? 
34 years! Born and raised in lil Rhody.

8. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island? 
Our amazing coastline. It can not be beat. I have traveled up and down the east coast and we have some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. I often pick up interesting shells and stones to create jewelry with. We also have some of the best food in the country!

9. Any advice for new/wannabe makers? 
Learn what you want to know before making that first trip to the craft store or you will end up buying things you will never use. Also, ask a fellow artist for tips! Most of us are friendly enough to lend a helping hand to a new artist.

10. Please include anything else you’d like to add: 
I would like to add that I do not, have not, and will never kill a living being. The bones and other materials for my Oddities work on Amazon come from nature.

Thank you so much for reading my interview. I invite you to visit my shop(s). If you see anything that you like, use promotion code RHODY401 to save 15% off your purchase! This code will work on Etsy and Amazon until 02/29/2016.


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