Who are you?
Hello all! My name is Mandy Kuhlmann and I just moved to Florida with my husband who recently got out of the Army and has decided to pursue and aviation degree at Embry Riddle.
What do you create?
I create handcrafted jewelry of all types, mostly focusing on sea glass and wire wrapping at the moment
How did you come about your Etsy store name?
I came about the shop name Turquoise Sun because I have always loved that particular stone and Native American jewelry in general
Where does your inspiration come from?
I get my inspiration from trying to tap into something different, something that not everyone else is doing ...after all isn't that what its all about..
How would you describe your creative process?
I would describe my creative process by saying I usually start off with a general idea of where I want to go or a particular color I want to work with and go from there
What does handmade mean to you?
Handmade to me means creating something original using your own imagination
What is your favorite material to work with?
I really enjoy working with clay and I think that will be my next material I will start working with
What is your life outside of Etsy?
I work full time at Florida hospital Flagler in the Health Information department analyzing and scanning chart...you can see why I want to get away :)
What do you enjoy "window shopping" on Etsy on your free time?
I enjoy window shopping a little bit of everything...glasswork , photography, and lots of other things :)
I have lots of other interest metaphysics, all things art, I enjoy going and entering car shows with my husband, and relaxing on the beach
Where do you live in Florida?
Palm Coast, FL
Could you recommend a fun activity near your Fl home that other members might enjoy?
Everyone in Florida needs to visit St. Augustine at some point in time, it is an artist dream town! Lots of vendors and things to see directly related to art
How do you get out of your creative ruts?
I get out of my creative ruts my visiting art shows and getting away to a place where I can just be silent ...once I have cleared my mind I can be creative again.
Where would you like to be in ten years?
I would like to be finished with school, enjoying a full time career selling my art, vacationing as much as possible and just enjoying life.
Wow this is a tough call to just pick one... I can think of so many talented men and women that are not with us anymore, but I would honestly love to sit down with my father in law so he could teach me his wonderful woodworking skills
What handmade possession do you most cherish?
I think I cherish most of my drawings from when I was younger and some of my clayworks
Where would you go if you had a time machine and why?
I would go back to the Victorian Era without a doubt ...lots of wonderful art coming out of that era!