It is our pleasure to introduce Heidi Ploszaj of AtticPhilosopher as this week's Featured Artist. Heidi lives in Maine and creates in handmade jewelry, and she curates a second shop featuring her vintage finds called ThisAtticVintage.

Give-away item:
For any Castteam member who spends at least $15 in my shop, I'll include a free set (four pieces) of vintage button bobby pins (see some like them in my sold listings).  Just mention you're a Castteam member at checkout! (Or, if you prefer vintage, spend at least $12 in my vintage shop and use coupon code CASTTEAM15 for 15% off.)

 Introduction to you:

I have a passion for creativity as well as a love for all things outdated and full of unseen potential. I've just graduated high school, and I'm working on transitioning to start a college education in business and studio art this fall. I live in coastal Maine, so I'm constantly immersed in an atmosphere of antique-style meets go-green with all of the flea markets, old homes, antique stores, and arts communities around. Thus, it's understandable why my creations took on that feel.

cleopatra necklace by atticphilosopher
Cleopatra Beaded Necklace

 How did you get your start on Etsy?

Two summers ago, I had way too much time on my hands. Too young to "need" to work all summer long, I spent a lot of time in my studio -- my parents had recently given me a room on the third floor of our house -- creating jewelry, scarves, and other little things. Family members had frequently told me I should sell my jewelry, and when a family friend showed me an interesting Etsy site, God brought it all together for me.

 How did you choose your shop name?

My studio is on the third floor of our Victorian home, but because the level is only used for storage, we've always called it the attic. Sometime after I'd set up a space there, my mom happened across an antique book entitled An Attic Philosopher in Paris. She thought I should have it, seeing how it somewhat resembled my situation. When I needed a name for my shop, the book title came to mind, and, after choosing it, I started to realize just how well it fit.

cloudy afternoon bracelets by atticphilosopher
Cloudy Afternoon Bracelets - Blue, Cream, and Black

 What does a typical day look like for you?

Currently, I'm working on moving out and preparing to start college, so my studio time is rather limited. I recently adopted a shelter puppy, and training her takes a significant portion of my day lately. She wakes me up in the morning, we have breakfast, I get ready for the day. Some days I work on cleaning our large house -- my part-time summer job since my parents' business is based at home and they have little time to clean. Most afternoons, I work on sorting, photographing, and listing items with periodic breaks to walk my demanding-but-very-sweet puppy, Daisy. Then, I have dinner with my family and try to relish my last little while of living at home. After dinner, I resume listing items, working on projects for my house, and packaging sold items.

one dozen button flowers in light green by atticphilosopher
Light Green Button Flowers

 If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?

Can I say my future studio? Sometimes it seems too distant a fantasy, but being there for a day would give me a boost to keep working and make it a reality.  I've collected so many materials and vintage items that I don't fit here anymore; I'm always struggling to fit all I need to do into each day. I keep dreaming about the spacious, organized studio I am going to set up once I move out.

 What is your favorite Bible verse?

Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

With all of the big adjustments I'm making right now, I find this verse such a comfort.

the painter no. 2 hand painted wooden necklace by atticphilosopher
The Painter No. 2 Hand-Painted Necklace

What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature?

My favorite Etsy items are my Painter necklaces, a collection of beaded necklaces featuring wooden beads I painted myself.

Where else we can find you on the Internet?


Comments (6)

On August 28, 2013 at 4:28 PM , sammysgrammy said...

It always delights me to see an entrepreneurial spirit in the young. Up, up and away. Enjoy your studies and be designing your future studio.

On August 28, 2013 at 7:48 PM , Cynthia S. said...

Beautiful article about you! I enjoyed getting to know you! Blessings and much love, in your business!

On August 28, 2013 at 8:29 PM , KarenW said...

Love your button bouquets. So cute!

On August 29, 2013 at 2:02 AM , (Ri)Charmed said...

Great shop! =)

On August 30, 2013 at 6:14 AM , Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) said...

Oooh, I do like those button flowers! :)

On August 30, 2013 at 7:32 AM , bananaorangeapple said...

nice to find out some more about you!