I would like you to meet Sharon and her Etsy shop: sharonmooradian .
If you love Hand-painted furniture and home decor accessories with whimsy , then you will love the items at sharonmooradian .
Let’s get to know sharonmooradian and Sharon:
What would you like us to know about you?
After working in a stressful 9-5 office environment most of my working life, I finally had the opportunity to find work that makes me happy and energized. After being creatively stifled for so long, I feel like a bottle of soda that has been uncapped after being vigorously shaken! My ideas are never-ending, it seems I will never have enough time to try them all. My hand painted furniture pieces are one-of-a-kind, signed artistic creations that can be admired for their beauty and whimsy as well as incorporated into the home because they are totally functional. Every piece of furniture has different surfaces and dimensions which require a unique approach. The fantasy and whimsy are the element I try to bring to each object in the hope that my creative fun comes through and brings a smile to the viewer. My work has been exhibited at the “Form and Function” exhibit at the Ruth & Howard Jacobs Family Gallery in Hartsdale, NY (2011) and at the “Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall” exhibit in the S. Spencer Scott Room in Scarsdale, NY (2013).
Etsy was recommended by a fellow artist. We were sharing ways to have our work seen by a larger audience other than the local galleries and shops which were displaying our work. I was impressed with the level of quality and community of like-minded creative souls on Etsy.
How did you come up with your shop name?
My work is design and covers many different styles and techniques applied to many home decor items. With such a broad range of style and pieces, I didn’t want to select a name that might be limited or constricting. My name is as unique as my creations and I liked the idea of acknowledging my family and heritage. My work is the real me, my name, my designs. So it was an easy decision – Sharon Mooradian Designs.
How would you describe your shop?
A fun place to visit! A whimsical and eclectic mix of functional art, furniture, frames and home decor items and gift items. All one-of-a-kind. Styles range from fun and funky to shabby chic, classic and contemporary.
What inspires you?
Everything around me! My eyes are always open. Ideas come from fabric patterns, nature, the colors that accidentally mix together in my paint pot while I am working, jewelry, clothing, the hardware store and artwork I see in galleries and museums.
Which item in your shop is your favorite to make/find?
That’s a hard question. Right now I am enjoying making jewelry screen frames. There are so many variations to play with – standing, hanging, double hinged, triple hinged – and then finding the perfect knobs and accents to go with them. I think the reason I like making them is because they take shape quickly and are finished in a few days and as an artist it gives me a sort of instant gratification. The larger furniture pieces take much longer but also are my favorites to find and makeover because they present me with so much to play with.
If you were shipwrecked on a desert island, what are the 3 crafty must haves?
Paint, brushes, gold leaf – but I would need a steady stream of furniture getting washed ashore. Otherwise, the coconuts and palm trees are going to be very unusual looking.
31 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10607
NOA Fine Jewelry & Gifts (2 locations)
88 Charles Street 86 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02114 West Concord, MA 01742
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I have a particular fascination with taking forlorn and forgotten pieces of furniture and turning them into something that sparkles with color and personality. I call the “befores” my little ugly ducklings and caterpillars. The “afters” are called swans and butterflies. The transformation, restoring something instead of throwing it out, is meaningful to me. The original object bears no resemblance to its original form. The paint, ideas and technique combine and a metamorphosis of sorts occurs. As I work on an old piece of furniture, I wonder who owned it, how it was used, the home it was in, the life it had. My hope is that my work is passed on as a future family heirloom and creates the same kind of wonder.
Thanks so much Sharon. It has been great getting to know you and discovering your shop and your lovely items.
Now please show Sharon some support and let us know which of her pieces are your favorite from her shop! Oh…and go ahead and heart a few of her items along with her shop
Have a great weekend!