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Etsy Love Stories: WieberArt

Feb 9, 2010

by WieberArt

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I have been lucky enough to meet many wonderful artists while selling on Etsy, but one person who I instantly connected with is Grace Wieber. Her personality is infectious, her humor is adorable and above all, her willingness to support and promote other artists’ work on Twitter and her blog is truly inspiring. Grace and her husband Will, the duo behind WieberArt, answered some questions for the continuing swoon-worthy series, Etsy Love Stories.

Tell us about yourselves!
Will is a generous, patient man and in my honest opinion, an inspiring artist. I believe our sons, Gregory and Vincent, attest to this fact. They too have pursued careers in the arts. Will studied painting at the School of Visual Arts, and I taught Italian for five years while dancing with Andre Evglesky Ballet. Unfortunately, I had a terrible ski accident (a no-no for a dancer) and left teaching to regroup and raise our family. I continued to choreograph instead of perform and it was during this time that I decided to study fashion design. In the 1930s and 40s, my father and his brother owned Bellanca Embroidery, where they made embellished evening gowns and handbags for the high-end fashion houses and department stores. These influences weighed heavily upon me. We moved to the West Village in the 1980s, and I took the plunge, designing men’s parachute nylon-ripstop jumpsuits and pants for boutiques on Fire Island. Will has exhibited at the Annual Art Festivals at the Pines, Huntington, Montauk and in showrooms and galleries from Chelsea to Soho.

How did you hear about Etsy?
Our son Gregory knew about Etsy; several of his girlfriends were participating. He had told me a few years ago to join but our heads were not in the right place. We were still raising our children and getting them through college and out the door.

How long have you been in business as a team?
It was a dream of mine from the very beginning of our relationship to be in business together. It took maturing on both of our parts to finally realize this vision. In 1996 while still living in New York we decided to open a decorative finish business. When our familial obligations were winding down, Billy took me to Florida where we continued the business and on April 19, 2009 we went live on Etsy.

What’s the best part about working together?
Work is play and play is work. We’re still like kids, we just like being together.  Even if we are separated by a studio wall, it’s just great. I have also opened a shop called CrazieGracie. It’s a form of therapy for me until I dig deep again for those new ideas.

Anything difficult about working as a team?
Difficulties have been ironed out over our 30-year relationship. As it is for most people, everyone wants to be the boss. Well, we all know that to work as a team, there can only be one captain. Sometimes, I get to be the leader. Most times, I am fine with him heading up the team. I have his respect. He knows that he can trust my instincts and when I get out there, I let him reel me in.

How do you keep your business and personal life separate?
When you are self-employed, it all runs together. We try to be flexible and structure time for our personal
lives. We make sure to get out and take walks, play tennis, and stay fit and healthy.  It’s during these outings that we reminisce, vent and revitalize.

What are your Valentine’s Day plans?
This may sound cliché, however, every day is Valentine’s Day around here.

What are your future Etsy goals?
We are enjoying our experience with Etsy and look forward to building relationships and having continued success. We wish we had heeded our boys’ advice to get online sooner. Leaping from the stone age into the cyber age, Etsy has proven to be a viable avenue for all sorts of opportunities.

 

Thanks to Will and Gracie for sharing their story.
You can see some of their creations below.

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106 comments

  • sweetcarolinadesign

    sweetcarolinadesign said 7 years ago

    "Everyday is Valentine's Day around here." I LOVE that! What a great story!

  • Radness

    Radness said 7 years ago

    wonderful collab love story :)

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 7 years ago

    I really love Pink Sunrise.

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 7 years ago

    Those are some cool paintings! Glad things are working well for your shop.

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 7 years ago

    Awwwe What a sweet wonderful story:)

  • CocoaBeans

    CocoaBeans said 7 years ago

    very nice paintings, thank you for sharing your story:)

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

    what a wonderful story. thanks for sharing part of your lives with us.

  • bayoubotanica

    bayoubotanica said 7 years ago

    wonderful that you two still love to work together. happy v-day!

  • callmemimi

    callmemimi said 7 years ago

    Lovely story :-) Thanks for sharing !

  • Kooby

    Kooby said 7 years ago

    Love stories are the best. :) Thank you.

  • warmnfuzzies

    warmnfuzzies said 7 years ago

    Awww..."everyday is valentine's day around here".

  • cookieletta

    cookieletta said 7 years ago

    Wonderful story :-))

  • honeyddesigns

    honeyddesigns said 7 years ago

    Beautiful story and beautiful couple!

  • madmodiste

    madmodiste said 7 years ago

    Wow, you have a lot of different skill-sets in your paintings. I love the hudson valley farmhouse- it has cubist input and others in your group have impressionist feelings. Some are abstract in feel. I like that you paint what you want without being trapped in one genre. Kudos!

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 7 years ago

    What an incredible background...the dancing, the fashion, the ART! SO amazing! What a lucky family. Thank you for featuring some Wonderful Original Art! It is HERE on Etsy and we are proud to be a part of it.

  • eroa

    eroa said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story.

  • SEOWebDesign

    SEOWebDesign said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful love story about creative and inspiring artists and two people who are in love with each other and their work. Wishing you continued blessings and success.

  • SamsPaintbrush

    SamsPaintbrush said 7 years ago

    Amazing colors in Hudson Valley Farmhouse. You've been blessed to have found each other! Thanks for inspiring us...!

  • MarKhed

    MarKhed said 7 years ago

    cute! Wish I could get my boyfriend to make jewelry with me!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 7 years ago

    Aw! I love hearing the backgrounds behind couple's working relationships.. the story behind their shop. Thanks for sharing!

  • ZhongFuJewelryDesign

    ZhongFuJewelryDesign said 7 years ago

    Awww. 30 years is a long time. I'm almost halfway there. Love the drink glass painting.

  • ClementinesJewelry

    ClementinesJewelry said 7 years ago

    what a lovely story

  • CarryTheWord

    CarryTheWord said 7 years ago

    Great story!

  • humblebea

    humblebea said 7 years ago

    What a sweet story! Happy Valentine's Day! (-:

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Very nice story and beautiful work!!

  • purplelemondesigns

    purplelemondesigns said 7 years ago

    I love me some WieberArt! Congrats on the great feature!

  • bysweetmom

    bysweetmom said 7 years ago

    lovely, thanks for sharing

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 7 years ago

    Wonderful story! So nice to see other couples working together.

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 7 years ago

    Great story - thanks!

  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge said 7 years ago

    Sounds like a wonderful working relationship. My wife and I are in business together. Here on Etsy, I design the greeting cards and she writes the descriptions of each design for our shop. So far no arguments have broken out! :-)

  • VYNALEKdesigns

    VYNALEKdesigns said 7 years ago

    Great Story.....Love Hudson Valley Farmhouse.

  • PlumeAdore

    PlumeAdore said 7 years ago

    and today is their wedding anniversary!!!!

  • StudioZen

    StudioZen said 7 years ago

    So sweet and inspirational!

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 7 years ago

    Awwww, so lucky! Thanks for sharing.

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 7 years ago

    I always thought it would be hard to work with your partner. But I never thought of taking turns to be the boss approach. Beautiful couple great together and apart!

  • WhenGuineaPigsFly

    WhenGuineaPigsFly said 7 years ago

    eee this Etsy love stories series is so cute! My hubby is a computer nerd (okay we both are), but maybe I can wrangle him into some sort of team effort someday!

  • corrnucopia

    corrnucopia said 7 years ago

    Beautiful and vibrant work! Thanks for introducing the rest of us to yet another "love"ly couple.

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago

    Nice story. Kudos to both of you.

  • ALEALE

    ALEALE said 7 years ago

    Lovely work and inspiring story, i also work at home together with my husband so it is very real for me !

  • RichardandMelissa

    RichardandMelissa said 7 years ago

    Great story and very beautiful paintings!Wish you the best of luck.

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 7 years ago

    happy wedding anniversary! thank you for sharing your inspiring and heartwarming (and very uplifting) story.

  • silkstory

    silkstory said 7 years ago

    Beautifull story and inspiring works!! Wish you the best!!

  • cherryshop

    cherryshop said 7 years ago

    I think this is such a great example of people not afraid of new beginnings. Good luck with your businesses and happy wedding anniversary, Grace and Will!

  • MaedupandCo

    MaedupandCo said 7 years ago

    Well done! So happy to read you on here and put a face to the wonderful message you left me on my maedup knotting blog! You two are truly inspiring and a model of happy teamwork for us all. Good luck with everything you take on!

  • WieberArt

    WieberArt said 7 years ago

    Hi, everyone ~ We're are totally blown away by the outpouring of ♥ and support. A special congratulations goes to 'Author, Author', Justine Smith. Thank you, Etsy for this unexpected 28th Wedding Anniversary to the Day. (Feb. 9, 1982)

  • RoughMagicCreations

    RoughMagicCreations said 7 years ago

    Grace said: "every day is Valentine's Day around here" That is truly wonderful, and only a happy and fulfilled person could have said it!!! It's also lovely to find other Etsy couples who feel the same way Joe and I do -- everyday's a holiday!!!!!

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 7 years ago

    Sweet story. Happy Anniversary and continued success to both of you.

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 7 years ago

    Happy Anniversary. What a wonderful gift. Best wishes for continued success.

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    love this story...I just read it to my hubby and partner in crime (crafting). What a joy it is to work with the man I love.

  • KJoannRussell

    KJoannRussell said 7 years ago

    Thanks for your inspiring story/life.

  • greencouchdesign

    greencouchdesign said 7 years ago

    I love the story! So beautiful, and just exactly what it is supposed to be. Thanks for sharing!

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison said 7 years ago

    a lovely, talented couple - good luck to you both

  • polkadotsandblooms

    polkadotsandblooms said 7 years ago

    Fantastic article, fantastic team. Really enjoyed reading!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your love story, great team too plus wonderful shop.

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 7 years ago

    sweet story and bright vibrant ART-what a wonderful combination!

  • Floreal

    Floreal said 7 years ago

    beautifuk story!!! Thanks for sharing.:)

  • Floreal

    Floreal said 7 years ago

    Beautiful Story. Thanks for sharing! :)

  • readwritebooks

    readwritebooks said 7 years ago

    Lovely interview! Thanks Etsy

  • kadlubik

    kadlubik said 7 years ago

    never tired of loving couples.....cheers to you !

  • VintageCuller

    VintageCuller said 7 years ago

    So much inspiration in this lovely couple!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 7 years ago

    a complimenting team ~ thank you for sharing your story

  • EASantangelo

    EASantangelo said 7 years ago

    Your art is absolutely beautiful! This story is great and I can see my boyfriend and I being able to have a loving business together as a team!

  • threebishops

    threebishops said 7 years ago

    thanks for the wonderful story! i too dream one day of not only having my sisters in the business but my husband. happy valentine's!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 7 years ago

    Love this story! Your artwork is beautiful!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 7 years ago

    Congrats to both of you what a beautiful story it's fun working with your mate. Your artwork is beautiful and very creative.

  • cutelittlething

    cutelittlething said 7 years ago

    awwwwww! wonderful story...I think I will kiss my husband and send him off to work though.

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 7 years ago

    Congrats to the both of you and thank you for sharing your beautiful story!

  • flashbackintime

    flashbackintime said 7 years ago

    Perfect Valentine Story.

  • handmadecharlotte

    handmadecharlotte said 7 years ago

    i really love these stories! sooo cute! they are the cutest!

  • elksongjewelry

    elksongjewelry said 7 years ago

    ".Her personality is infectious, her humor is adorable and above all, her willingness to support and promote other artists' work.." All so true, that is my experience with the lovely Gracie, too! Happy Valentine's Day Will & Grace!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    It's couples like you that warm our hearts and we love to hear your stories on Etsy.

  • panbeh

    panbeh said 7 years ago

    what a inspiring story! thank you

  • AmericanHandmade

    AmericanHandmade said 7 years ago

    WONDERFUL LOVE STORY. Being best friends and sharing the give and take of life is the glue that holds so many long term unions together. My in-laws just celebrated their 70th and we are at 32 in a few days and hoping for another 32.

  • AmericanHandmade

    AmericanHandmade said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful story. A real inspiration at this time of year. And the art work has such Beautiful colors.

  • FlowersFromFatima

    FlowersFromFatima said 7 years ago

    So sweet... And very inspiring. Love these kind of stories! Congratulations!

  • KalliopeJewelry

    KalliopeJewelry said 7 years ago

    awww, what an inspiring story, thank you for sharing! Happy Anniversary and best of luck for continued success! (Love the cocktail drink painting, cheers!)

  • brianarose

    brianarose said 7 years ago

    all together now, "aww" :)

  • FridaWer

    FridaWer said 7 years ago

    aaah ...siete bellissimi!!!Complimenti :) Un bacio grandissimo.

  • helenaemmans

    helenaemmans said 7 years ago

    Lovely story, well done.

  • discerningchichi

    discerningchichi said 7 years ago

    What a lovely couple! Continued happiness and working together.

  • streetnoodles

    streetnoodles said 7 years ago

    i'm a real sucker for a good love story :D wishing you both all the best.

  • lunarbelle

    lunarbelle said 7 years ago

    Such a sweet couple!

  • CatzillaCrafts

    CatzillaCrafts said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! How sweet! And such lovely paintings =^_^=

  • dbabcock

    dbabcock said 7 years ago

    What beautiful work, and a beautiful story.

  • bonniemurrayart

    bonniemurrayart said 7 years ago

    Great story. I grew up in Cold Spring Harbor on LI so I know many of the places you speak about.

  • Yokoo

    Yokoo said 7 years ago

    Such a sweet story, thank you for sharing!

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your lovely story.

  • genisepark

    genisepark said 7 years ago

    Beautiful love story, happy anniversary and mucho continued success.

  • reinaldovalentin

    reinaldovalentin said 7 years ago

    I love the Red Cherries and Orange Slices.

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 7 years ago

    What a great story! Beautiful pieces too.

  • popolvuh

    popolvuh said 7 years ago

    is beautiful! one of those stories that touches your heart! love it!

  • VixensEmpire

    VixensEmpire said 7 years ago

    I was fortunate enough to grow up with parents who work together from home--except it's very clear that Mom is always the boss! As a kid, I had no idea how much I learned from watching them as I grew up. Now that I'm starting my own business through Etsy, it's fascinating to see how much business-sense I already have because of growing up with parents who worked together. Your kids will definitely benefit too!

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 7 years ago

    WieberArt - what a wonderful story of 2 creative souls that found the right time and the right outlet. Keep doing what you're doing and thank you so much for sharing your work with the world, it's beautiful. My favorite is the Pink Sunrise.

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro said 7 years ago

    What a delightful story! I know Grace well, she is a great etsian. It's nice to see hubby too. Lovely Couple!

  • AdultIndulgences

    AdultIndulgences said 7 years ago

    How cute. I'm so glad they found one another. Lovely work!

  • thirteenam

    thirteenam said 7 years ago

    Great works! Great story!

  • craftscafe

    craftscafe said 7 years ago

    Great article Justine! Thank you for documenting the story of this wonderful couple for us.

  • CalcedoniaDesign

    CalcedoniaDesign said 7 years ago

    great story

  • Ssheilah

    Ssheilah said 7 years ago

    Great story, Justine - thanks for sharing!

  • gufobardo

    gufobardo said 7 years ago

    this is THE VALENTINE STORY, thanks

  • DesireableIntentions

    DesireableIntentions said 7 years ago

    I loved this story! Justine you did a great job writing this! Thank you for sending this to me.

  • gogobadger

    gogobadger said 7 years ago

    Wonderful, warm story ... this is why I love etsy! Thank you!

  • UniqueNYer

    UniqueNYer said 7 years ago

    Fantastic love story and beautiful art. I especially like the bus painting. It reminds me of my NYC college days way back when......

  • Everlastinggallery

    Everlastinggallery said 7 years ago

    moving story and happyness family . i like your works , most the Fiber Flowers Brooch :)

  • BluKatDesign

    BluKatDesign said 6 years ago

    Great story!

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