Thursday, April 2, 2009

Nancy Lefko, the "CollageArtGirl"

One of my favorite artists I have met through Etsy, is Nancy Lefko, or "collageartgirl". I not only love her form of art, but I enjoy her as a person, as she is always so positive and interested in what others are accomplishing. We are fellow members of our new Etsy Steet Team, Melange. Please check out our link to the right of here to be taken to a world of enchanting art by fascinating artists! Here is an interview Nancy allowed me to write, and I thank her for her time!

When did you discover Etsy as an avenue for selling? Where did you sell your items before you discovered Etsy?
When I first became interested in collage, I read the books by Claudine Hellmuth; that led me to her website, which led me to her Etsy shop. It was some time later that I actually starting selling my work there. Before Etsy, I sold at "the other E-place" and for awhile that worked out well for me. But soon I saw the sales fall off and the continual re-listing grew old.

What is the technique you are most proud of accomplishing?
I cannot claim ownership of any of my "techniques" but I am pleased that I manage to create backgrounds for my collages that have interest in and of themselves. As so many of my pieces utilize vintage photographic images as the focal point, I am always amused when I receive a positive comment about the image itself; almost as if I deserve credit for it. I know full well that I do not. However, comments that praise my backgrounds or the composition of the piece are those that mean the most to me.

What do you feel your biggest weekness as an artist is?
I am somewhat hesitant to try new techniques. Oftentimes, a technique that interests me seems daunting and I tend to stay in a safe zone. I wish I were a little bolder and tried new things without fear of failure.

What has been your most rewarding accomplishment as an artist?
Offering my first online workshop at Creative Workshops has opened up a new venue for me, and as a former teacher, I find the fit quite nice. I love reaching out to other artists and sharing in their journey. I enjoy the camaraderie in the workshop and the sharing of a common interest.

What goals do you have set for yourself, but feel you are struggling to accomplish them?
I know that I am not that proactive in marketing my work. I realize there are opportunities for marketing that I am not taking advantage of, either because I am not driven enough or I have doubts that I'll succeed in that venue. It is an area that I really have to push myself in and my goal is to at least find one new venue this year. Even if that is as small as offering prints of my originals or as bold as participation in an art show/sale.

What goals do you have set for yourself, and feel it is right around the corner?
Having been published once in Cloth, Paper, Scissors Magazine, I continue to pursue publication. I have had a few rejections, but luckily I do not take them personally and feel optimistic about future success in that arena. So, right around the corner? Sure !

What would you like to see accomplished for our Melange Team?
I think that if we at Melange could start a weekly challenge at our blog someday, similar what was offered at Arty Girlz, that would be a wonderful accomplishment.

Please visit Nancy's Etsy shop to view more of her original work!



Carol, thank you so much for your time and interest in my work :)

Kathy said...

Thanks Carol~
Love the fact that you are doing this... I learned so much about Nancy, so fun to do that. And the black on you're blog background shows off Nancy and you're art so well. Looks perfect Carol!

Glenda-TwoCoolTexans said...

What a great interview. I was amazed to find another Ebay seller that I did not know about at the time. Nancy's work is just beautiful and so well executed. Big Kudos to Nancy and to Carol for the great, informative interview.

PCarriker said...

Nancy so fun to get to know you even better! Great job on the interview Carol:-)

Persimmons Gal said...

Great interview with one of my favorite people too. (I would say that about any of my melange friends) Thanks Carol! ♥kim

createitcottage said...

Great interview. It's so nice to get to know each other better!


Lesley Christopher said...

Thank you for the lovely post about Nancy. I enjoyed yours and her work.

Lucy said...

Great interview Carol and Nancy-lots of fun to read more about some of my favorite artists and people!

ArtSnark said...

Thorough & intriguing interview

Patti said...

Great interview!

I belong to an Etsy Street Team also. It is amazing the ideas we come up with and the inspiration we give one another. Congratulations and good luck with you new team>

What wonderful artistic members you have.