Shop+Interview with Sarah Manning Paintings

The Jingle Bash is almost here, y'all. This show features the best handmade artists from near and far. Sarah Manning - of Sarah Manning Paintings - will be there with her rich and vibrant abstract paintings. 

She has been busy prepping for the Bash. "I really enjoyed painting the super small canvases," she said. "Especially the ones for holiday ornaments." We can't wait to see them in person! 

Sarah uses a masking technique with acrylic paint and mixed media to create her pieces. The result is layers of rich color which illustrate her state of mind during the creation of each work. Her passion has played an essential role in her development as an artist and a professional. "After years of not picking up a paintbrush, I slowly began to make it more of a daily routine," she said. "And now it is essential to my sanity and creative wholeness." 

She has been a graphic designer for more than 15 years but painting has remained her passion. Her mother, an art teacher, introduced Sarah to painting early on. "I had a paintbrush in my hand since I can remember," Sarah said. Over time, painting became her creative outlet and served as a conduit to self-discovery. She uses painting to find clarity. 

Stop by and say hello to Sarah at the 2017 Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash where you can shop the best handmade artists from near and far. We will be at Eddie Deen's Ranch 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, November 11, 2017. See y'all at the Bash! 

Made By Rori

Today we are excited to introduce Rori Callaway, who you may know from the notebook and journal shop Made by Rori. What you might not know about Rori is that she has been managing social media for the Etsy Dallas Team since 2015 and has this year come onto the Leadership Team as Social Media Director.

Despite all the volunteer time she has put into our blog and social media lately, Rori still maintains her own shop selling unique notebooks and journals that have the option to be personalized.  Her attention to detail in sending carefully packaged items and personalized notes has won the hearts of her followers for good reason.  

We all have Rori to thank for the hard work she's put into the Etsy Dallas social media presence across many platforms in the last few years. It's given us the opportunity to reach so many new followers and promote both our members' work and the handmade movement in DFW.  Give Rori a virtual high five by finding Etsy Dallas on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or follow her Instagram account @MadeByRori for more insight into her process and photos of her adorable family.