Remember Me Emily
who the artist is: My name is Emily Sytsma and I live in the
beautiful "Driftless Area" of Southwestern Wisconsin where organic
farms are abundant. My town of Viroqua is home to many artists & crafters.
I spend my days happily cutting & pasting, making paper creations that I hope
will touch the hearts of those that receive them. I also spend time looking for
vintage treasures that will grace someone's home and hopefully bring them a
little comfort and joy.
what's your story: I, like so many others, worked for YEARS at jobs I hated just to bring home a pay check. It's just not worth it!!! Everyone should be doing what they love! At 7:30am on September 11, 2001 I put my resignation on my bosses desk. Something had been telling me all week "You are too old to have to put up with this misery every day, you should be doing what you love." Shortly thereafter, we heard of the planes hitting the World Trade Center and everyone's world was forever changed.
I decided to take a small space at a local antique mall to share my vintage treasures and artistic creations with others...and "Remember Me" was no longer a dream...it was my new passion. My style is shabby/primitive/vintage chic. I decorate & create mostly in neutral tones ~ cream, white, sepia & black. I am drawn to objects such as: vintage muslin gowns and petticoats, white ironstone pitchers & platters, cotton string, brown transferware, vintage linens, white matte pottery, cabinet card photographs & old metal clocks. I make handmade greeting cards, collage, assemblage & altered art, paper angels & mermaids, pinback buttons, magnets & pocket mirrors. Sweet vintage images and verses are ever present in my work.
where: Visit Emily's Etsy shop: http://RememberMeEmily.Etsy.com
Visit Emily's blog: http://RememberMeEmily.Typepad.com/RememberMe
why this artist stands out: Emily's sweet, simple vintage treasures and creations will bring a sparkle to your eye, a smile to your face and a flutter to your heart. Emily's mottos: "Practice random kindness & senseless acts of beauty" and "...spread love everywhere you go: let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier."
how to make a simplified mermaid paper doll:
1.) Start with an image of a darling child or a vintage beauty. I usually print these out on photo quality glossy paper. Since the entire mermaid will be about 9 1/2 inches tall ~ your "torso" should be approximately 3 1/2" tall.
2.) Design a mermaid "tail" and cut it out of a beautiful scrapbook paper, vintage sheet music or other textured paper. Tail should be approximately 6" long.
3.) Attach mermaid torso to tail. Apply adhesive to back side of mermaid & place it on a half sheet of heavy cardstock for backing. Cut out mermaid.
4.) At this point, you may embellish your mermaid any way you wish. Add a crown, hair, a magic wand or jewelry. You may desire to place her on a "stand". On my "Be Happy" mermaid, I attached a cardboard fold-out "easel back" purchased from a local craft store.