It's that time to feature another one of my favorite Etsy artists. This week is Julie Shiel of xenya. I discovered her shop while I was curating a treasury and am so glad to have stumbled upon it. She was kind enough to answer few questions so we could get to know her a little better.
How did you get started in photography?
I started working with photography seriously a couple of years ago. I am disabled and actually have three shops on etsy to help with my bills. I am trying to promote my photography more so I can drop some of the other stuff! Urban exploration is my favorite thing to do, but I have to be having a 'good period' to be able to explore.
How would you describe your work?
My photography is documenting the abandoned and forgotten places and things that most people never see. I find them beautiful in their decay as they return to nature. I like to see the bones of these places and research their history. Some of the most amazing things I have seen have been at abandoned hospitals and similar facilities. For the most part my photography is as I saw it but I'm teaching myself photoshop a little here and there and would like to get more into digital collage.
What are 3 foods/desserts/snacks you couldn't live without?
Three snacks I can't live without would probably be nuts, sesame sticks and hazelnut hot chocolate!
Name 3 of your favorite etsy shops.
Picking out three favorite esty shops is very difficult! There are so many ones I love and wish I could buy things from! I discover new ones every day. Today some of my favorites are JacqleenBleu.etsy.com
What is the current sale you are running?
The sale I currently have is to try to raise money for my car. The engine blew up. So, I'm offering a free 5"x7" with the purchase of any 8"x10" or larger regularly priced photo. I will run the sale through the rest of this month so now is a good time to get my work! Most photos are available in a variety of sizes on request. Just convo me!
Thanks so much, Julia!