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Featured Seller: ISWAS + WILLBE

Aug 1, 2011

by iswasandwillbe

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.
Ahoy! My name is Telle. Together with my husband Rex, we are the creative madness behind ISWAS+WILLBE. We are based out of Portland, OR, where we moved in January of 2011.
After spending a number of years in unsatisfying jobs while poorly nursing our creative minds on the side, it suddenly became clear to us: the time to hesitate was through. We impulsively made the decision to leave behind our familiar lives on the East coast, pack all of our earthly possessions and our pup into our tiny car, Jareth, and head west.

Rex is from a small village near Charlotte, North Carolina, where he lived most of his life. In fact, his bloodline has lived in the same 30 mile radius for some 220 years. His roots are deeply Southern, like sweet tea and biscuits.

I tend to stumble when people ask me where I’m from, as I’ve lived in six states, two countries, and counting! Traveling and relocating were common themes in my upbringing, which may explain my affinity for change. I’ve infected Rex with the traveling bug, and we are always on the lookout for an adventure. We have the attitudes of pioneers; we’re always seeking out the great unknown, excited to make a discovery few others have made.

As a husband/wife team, we seek to represent balance within our designs. My love for antiques, the humanities, and life’s idiosyncrasies are evident in my designs; I represent the rustic, nostalgic, worldly, and subtly bold side of things as “ISWAS.” Rex infuses his love for biological processes, space travel, and natural history into his jewelry designs; he represents the calm, minimal, strategic side of things as “WILLBE.” Together, we amalgamate into the delicate balance of time and space that becomes ISWAS+WILLBE.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Borrowing a quote from the film Eagle vs Shark: “I guess I’ve got to keep creating or I’ll just die.” With minds running as much as ours, it’s sometimes hard to remember that there is a whole other world out there beyond our studio.

When we aren’t working on our latest designs, you can find us enjoying the arts of others: catching an indie flick, seeking out enticingly obscure music, and delving into a variety of novels — our taste ranges from vintage sci-fi to modern sociology. We even have a few of our own manuscripts in the works.

We are paleo diet and small space enthusiasts. Currently, we are brainstorming our future 260 square ft. home, called LuchtHuis. You can read more about it here.

What would be the title of your memoir? Why?
I would title my memoir Martha Sawtelle terHorst Lefler, which is my full legal name. There is a whole book’s worth of stories in that lengthy moniker.

Rex’s memoir would be titled Mondays Are OK, because he believes the beginning of something is the most exciting part, and he also likes to stick up for the underdog.

Where does your inspiration come from?
We are inspired by a broad scope of things, including but not limited to: prehistory, celestial bodies, and Brian Eno; antiquity, modernity, and infinity; gritty old industrial ghost towns and beautiful beaches in the off-season; life, death, and the nature of things.

We are also very inspired by our fans. There’s something terribly exciting about learning who is attracted to your art. I like to imagine all of these brave women roaming the globe on thrilling adventures, wearing little ISWAS+WILLBE creations around their necks or swinging from their ears. When we are creating, we infuse our designs with a sense of wonder and edginess; when a piece is purchased, it begins a new life with its owner, who then infuses it with her own inspired energies.
I also want to mention how awesomely motivating the community is here on Etsy. It’s electrifying to be part of a global movement, this beautiful and vast entity that is changing the shape of the global handmade market. We came to you with ideas and dreams, Etsy, and you gave us resources, support groups, inspiration, and dear friends! Um, we love you.

What does handmade mean to you?
Integrity. Intimacy. Honesty. Respect.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
Growing up, we both spent a great deal of time in the woods building forts and romping through shrubberies, so we feel that we can accredit a certain amount of our creative gusto to the all-powerful, awe-inspiring Mother Nature. We were also both encouraged by our mothers to develop our artistic natures; enrolling us in extra-curricular art programs helped us find our creative identities at a young age.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
I always remember there being an innate feeling within, an irrepressible desire to express myself through creating. Rex likes to think of himself as an “earth manipulator.” He remembers crafting as a child, he explored the art of glass blowing as a young adult, and also feels that creating is something he has always done. Making the move out here to Oregon was his first conscious decision to pursue the arts as a living.

How would you describe your creative process?
My creative process has much to do with happenstance. I gather a collection of materials that excite me, throw them in a pile, and play around until something sticks. I don’t get too married to one idea because I find that the more fluid I allow the process to be, the more enriched the end result. Sometimes my eye will catch two materials haphazardly co-mingling and I will just fall in love with their odd relationship.

Rex likes to reflect on things that captivated him as a child and use those as inspirations for his designs. His muses range from centipedes to archaic land masses to scientific equations and beyond.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Alphonse Mucha, an amazing Czech artist of the late 1800s to early 1900s. He inadvertently became the father of Art Nouveau, but he was very pragmatic about remaining loyal to his roots and preserving his image as an authentic artist. I have seen photos from his studio and I can imagine spending an entire afternoon rifling through his collections of props and fabrics and the sort.

For Rex, it would be the studio of Ernst Haeckel, a biologist/artist from the late 1800s. He studied life forms all over the world, translating their natural beauty onto paper with extreme accuracy and grace. He recorded nature as it was, letting the art of the biological world speak for itself.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
Over the years, I have inherited a small collection of handmade antique and vintage apparel from family members, including a wedding dress from the early 1900s and a scarlet red velvet gown from the 1960s. Juxtaposing the quality of these garments with those of today’s industry standards, it’s astonishing and inspiring to see the level of handiwork put into these old, American-made pieces.

Rex’s favorite handmade possession is a Native American flute made by his life-long neighbor and mentor, Bill, who builds the flutes from his home as a hobby. It’s a beautifully crafted instrument with an ethereal sound, and it was obviously made with love and integrity.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
Stepping away from our work and into a forest or onto a beach brings us back to the inspiration we find in nature. We’re inspired by the smell of freshly rotting earth, the sound of tidal waves crashing and the secret joy in finding a spot where human presence is nearly invisible. These are things that revitalize our creative entities.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
All modesty aside, in ten years I would like to have lots of power and money and be doing amazing philanthropic things all over the world. We got a taste of the power our art can have when we created a pendant for the Japan Relief Fund; leveraging our skills to create a product that we then donated the proceeds from was an incredibly empowering feeling!

When I asked Rex where he wanted to be in ten years, he promptly stated, “Barrow, Alaska.” We have a shared life goal of trying (nearly) everything once, including living in one of the northernmost cities in the world. But only for a year, just for the experience of 65 days of sun 24/7 and 85 days of darkness 24/7. The motto we created when we started out on our great western migration is also very important to us: “Be up for anything!”

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224 comments

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal said 8 years ago

    Congrats on being featured intrepid artisans. What a fun article and your work is great. Good luck in your endeavor. g.

  • KristinaandJenney

    KristinaandJenney said 8 years ago

    Lovely Story! I hope you two do get to Alaska! That would be an amazing aventure! Congrats!

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 8 years ago

    Hooray for you, being featured! Your pieces are so unique and beautiful. Also, welcome to Portland! :) -Alison

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 8 years ago

    Fabulous creations-even more fabulous people! Best of luck & congratulations on your feature!

  • artbyheather

    artbyheather said 8 years ago

    ooooh, love your jewelry! Congrats on the feature!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 8 years ago

    Your shop is beautiful!!! Congrats on the FS!!!

  • AmyJiggetts

    AmyJiggetts said 8 years ago

    This is great husband and wife working together to make one piece Awesome!

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry said 8 years ago

    Very cool shop! Congrats on the feature guys :-)

  • snailboat

    snailboat said 8 years ago

    i love everything about your write up! nice going!

  • Joyousworld

    Joyousworld said 8 years ago

    I can so relate to your inspiring thoughts and feelings.... especially how you feel about your work as it goes out into the world. Hope you are enjoying the great state of OR and the Pacific NW.... especially on a fabulous day like today!

  • CountrySquirrelsRUS

    CountrySquirrelsRUS said 8 years ago

    Sounds like an awesome team! ♥♥ Love the name of your shop ♥♥ Congratulations as the newest Featured artist!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 8 years ago

    Great story! And welcome to beautiful Oregon! Thanks for sharing your journies and happy journeies to come.

  • rejive

    rejive said 8 years ago

    Interesting! Thanks for sharing!

  • Rosabellebyvasu

    Rosabellebyvasu said 8 years ago

    Amazing interview, i like the way you gather your inspiration, its such a beautiful moment when a idea clicks into the mind, i love ur work, very beautiful yet edgy. And i love your happy spirits, so inspiring

  • WalterSilva

    WalterSilva said 8 years ago

    Nice!

  • memeandmoss

    memeandmoss said 8 years ago

    Congrats! Love your colorful jewelry :)

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the article and congrats to you both on your success!

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick said 8 years ago

    Congrats on your feature! Welcome to the west coast!

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 8 years ago

    Congratulations!

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 8 years ago

    Congrats on being featured and all your success!

  • InspiredStitches

    InspiredStitches said 8 years ago

    What a great team you two make! Great jewelry. Congratulations on being featured.

  • prunellasoap

    prunellasoap said 8 years ago

    Congrats Telle & Rex! Love the interview and you have done an amazing job with your shop and your jewelry designs! Yay!

  • ethanollie

    ethanollie said 8 years ago

    just made the east coast to west coast transition two weeks ago. congrats! fabulous jewels and great look to your shop

  • EverandBliss

    EverandBliss said 8 years ago

    Great to hear of others leaving unsatisfying jobs for creativity!

  • flw4uaz

    flw4uaz said 8 years ago

    your story is fabulous. I love the shot of your work table. It quietly says his and hers (with the square bottom of the table runner on one side and the point on the other), without a letter. Lots to be said for your adventurous life, keep exploring and pioneering. congrats on the feature a treat for me to see for sure .

  • RareDesign

    RareDesign said 8 years ago

    COngrats on the feature!

  • suzanneesme

    suzanneesme said 8 years ago

    Love the photographs, very unique and simple.

  • kararane

    kararane said 8 years ago

    hii Frontier Pioneers** keep enjoying the adventure. lovely elegance + color on "Helsinki"~

  • needlenerd

    needlenerd said 8 years ago

    congrats on the feature!

  • kararane

    kararane said 8 years ago

    hii Frontier Pioneers*enjoy the adventure* lovely elegance + color on "Helsinki"~

  • AliceCloset

    AliceCloset said 8 years ago

    Congrats on your future!! Great interview :D

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 8 years ago

    Great interview, cool couple, beautiful jewelry!

  • astarteearthart

    astarteearthart said 8 years ago

    congrats! Minerals are one of my favorite subjects :)

  • mamif

    mamif said 8 years ago

    very nice

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 8 years ago

    Great work! Congrats on the feature!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 8 years ago

    i like your style

  • Fruitfulhandproducts

    Fruitfulhandproducts said 8 years ago

    Very interesting! ~KK~

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    GeorgieGirlLLC said 8 years ago

    Neat name. Congratulations!

  • KKSimpleRegalJewelry

    KKSimpleRegalJewelry said 8 years ago

    I love the wonderful team you make! Fun! ~KK~

  • LoveYourBling

    LoveYourBling said 8 years ago

    congrats!

  • allthingswhite

    allthingswhite said 8 years ago

    great story, great shop !!!

  • AccentsandPetals

    AccentsandPetals said 8 years ago

    Interesting interview. Thank you for sharing your story and Congratulations on being featured.

  • BGBJewelry

    BGBJewelry said 8 years ago

    Great read, Congrats on your move, I love Portland! Here's to your journey!

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 8 years ago

    Beautiful photos and shop! Love your work. Great interview. Congrats and much continued success!

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 8 years ago

    Beautiful photos and shop! Love your work. Great interview. Congrats and much continued success :-)

  • pillowflightpdx

    pillowflightpdx said 8 years ago

    Beautiful! I hope to see it in person here in Portland!

  • kjcreations2

    kjcreations2 said 8 years ago

    Awesome shop!! Congrats :)

  • theheirloomaddict

    theheirloomaddict said 8 years ago

    Your designs and the photography are breathtaking. You two definitely make a great team!

  • theheirloomaddict

    theheirloomaddict said 8 years ago

    Your designs and photography are creatively breathtaking. You two definitely make a great team!

  • thetarnishedhalo

    thetarnishedhalo said 8 years ago

    Your story was so much fun, the interview had my full attention from the first sentence, I just wanted to gobble it up! Congrats on the Feature you two!!! Many wishes, and best of success on your ventures!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!

  • fantasygarden

    fantasygarden said 8 years ago

    it's so nice story i enjoyed it . And Wish you the best:)

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 8 years ago

    Love your story! I love the intense commitment you two have toward one another and your work. Congratulations on the feature! Blessings on you and yours, Hannah Jasmine

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 8 years ago

    Congrats on the feature. Great jewelry. Good luck!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 8 years ago

    Congrats! love your adventuresome spirit! Your shop and work are great!

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 8 years ago

    i really enjoyed your interveiw and absolutely love your creative pieces. The way you display your items on etsy is a work of art itself, happy Featured seller!!

  • LittleWhiteDresser

    LittleWhiteDresser said 8 years ago

    Super!!!!

  • LittleWhiteDresser

    LittleWhiteDresser said 8 years ago

    Super!!

  • StillWithYou

    StillWithYou said 8 years ago

    I love your jewelry! Congratulations, well deserved and all the best to you!

  • redtilestudio

    redtilestudio said 8 years ago

    What a wonderful feature! Congratulations!

  • Peachygirl

    Peachygirl said 8 years ago

    What a fun interview! Also, simple but skillfully, thoughtfully & beautifully made are to me the essence of "handmade" and your creations absolutely capture that spirit! Thank you for sharing your story...I really enjoyed it! *•.♥.•*

  • GloriousGirlJewelry

    GloriousGirlJewelry said 8 years ago

    Courageous, Deeply Delving, Free Spirited & Oddly Unique - but even that doesn't begin to characterize the sum of all your parts....the type of folk I would enjoy as my neighbors - Thank You for the pleasant read.

  • MOAS

    MOAS said 8 years ago

    amazing couple!! love your creations and goals :)

  • inklore

    inklore said 8 years ago

    congratulations to you! your styling is so fantastic!

  • shirinreen

    shirinreen said 8 years ago

    The staging and presentation of the work is out of this world... GORGEOUS. Seriously amazing, kinda gives me shivers it's so cool. Glorious, so glad you guys made the plunge.

  • WatchWithDaDa

    WatchWithDaDa said 8 years ago

    V. awesome feature! Love your stuff too.

  • lenamiller

    lenamiller said 8 years ago

    I really enjoyed the simplicity of your jewelry style. Congrats on being a featured artist.

  • ashspartyinspiration

    ashspartyinspiration said 8 years ago

    So excited and Proud of you guys! Even since a child Rex has always had such ambition and a creative nature! I hope all your dreams come true for you guys! Love Ashley

  • PIGandFiSH

    PIGandFiSH said 8 years ago

    Congrats Telle and Rex!! Loved reading and learning more about you - what a wonderful feature.

  • coolranchstudio

    coolranchstudio said 8 years ago

    really love your shop! congratulations on the feature. :)

  • LynnsMix

    LynnsMix said 8 years ago

    very cool!

  • YQYJewelry

    YQYJewelry said 8 years ago

    Great collection, inspiring stories, thanks for sharing and congratulations on the feature!

  • KateStealey

    KateStealey said 8 years ago

    Congrats on your feature!

  • myAvonlea

    myAvonlea said 8 years ago

    Fantastic Story. I really enjoyed reading your feature. Congrats you both.

  • TCaponePhoto

    TCaponePhoto said 8 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! I enjoyed reading more about both of you and thank you for sharing your wonderful work :) *tracey*

  • myAvonlea

    myAvonlea said 8 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading this feature. Best of luck to you both.

  • mandaleighf

    mandaleighf said 8 years ago

    What a fun pair you are! Congrats!!!

  • ShelleAnne

    ShelleAnne said 8 years ago

    Congrats on being selected and a great feature. Best Wishes to you!

  • HolmesandWatson

    HolmesandWatson said 8 years ago

    I was just browsing your shop the other day, what a delight to see you as a featured seller! Fabulous interview and such chic products. Congratulations!

  • TheTerrariumShop

    TheTerrariumShop said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! I admire your spirit and resolve to follow your hearts!

  • LoveOfAllVintage

    LoveOfAllVintage said 8 years ago

    love your story and your adventurous nature!!

  • Modrn

    Modrn said 8 years ago

    Congrats on the feature - I'm a fan of your work! And you do seem like a lovely couple. :)

  • steampunkfunk

    steampunkfunk said 8 years ago

    Hooray! I'm so glad to see you featured! I can totally relate to being nomadic, I grew up in Egypt, now live in Alaska. Congrats on you feature and much luck in your future!

  • Willow4u

    Willow4u said 8 years ago

    What a team!!Enjoyed your feature!!

  • HHknits

    HHknits said 8 years ago

    Congratulations Telle and Rex! nice to get some more detail

  • RootsSoapCo

    RootsSoapCo said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! I love your incredibly unique artwork and am so pleased to see you as the featured seller for the week.

  • LauraBoyea

    LauraBoyea said 8 years ago

    I think I fell in love with every sentence in your article! Your jewelry is so stunning and unique. Shopping ensues... :)

  • andiespecialtysweets

    andiespecialtysweets said 8 years ago

    It's been a fun adventure just reading your great interview! You're a great team, producing some great work together - congratulations! And we're passionate about the Paleolithic diet too, we just didn't know it was called that - - thanks! : )

  • andiespecialtysweets

    andiespecialtysweets said 8 years ago

    Wanted to add, you do a great job styling your photos as well.

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 8 years ago

    I love love love your jewelry and the beautiful way you photograph it! Congrats on your fabulous feature!

  • BohemianEnigma

    BohemianEnigma said 8 years ago

    love it!

  • perfectwear

    perfectwear said 8 years ago

    Congrats on being featured! You sounds like a fun team :-) with amazing products. Congrats again!

  • zanymoose

    zanymoose said 8 years ago

    Love your motto and your enthusiasm! Having lived in Alaska for a long time, I have no desire to face a winter in Barrow...but, I hope you get to live out that dream and lots of others. All the Best!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 8 years ago

    Living in Alaska would make taking shop photos more challenging! Great to read your story, I love your zest for life

  • oddlyaddictive

    oddlyaddictive said 8 years ago

    It is so wonderful to see that you have become a featured seller. You surely deserve it. Congrats!!! Oddlyeven Supply Co.

  • Toshisworld

    Toshisworld said 8 years ago

    I love your jewelry design and colors! Congratulations!!!

  • nicolelias

    nicolelias said 8 years ago

    wow what an inspiring story and what a fantastic shop!

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 8 years ago

    You make such a great team! Congratulations and all the best.

  • abolbas

    abolbas said 8 years ago

    love love love this jewelry. congrats on the feature!

  • BagNoir

    BagNoir said 8 years ago

    Congrats to you both on your success! I love ur work :)

  • bddesigns

    bddesigns said 8 years ago

    As a fellow Paleo, I'd LOVE to move to Portland!!! Was just there this month and fell in love - especially with your growing season! LOL! Best of luck!

  • CashmereJewels

    CashmereJewels said 8 years ago

    Congratulations!

  • stringitalong

    stringitalong said 8 years ago

    Congrats, nice shop!!!

  • Guchokipa

    Guchokipa said 8 years ago

    i really enjoyed your words. very funny and intriguing. sounds like you guys have it figured out. good luck!

  • BreitwaterWorks

    BreitwaterWorks said 8 years ago

    Hello SuperRad Market Tent Partners! Congratulations on the feature - your distinctive style deserves the notice. Enjoyed your article too. Best to you both!

  • EmeraldCut

    EmeraldCut said 8 years ago

    Congrats, you two! Have admired your shop for awhile now, and am so glad you're the Featured Seller.

  • LittleMissCards

    LittleMissCards said 8 years ago

    You guys sound like an amazingly fun couple! I really like your work it's very beautiful. And congrats on moving to Portland, Oregon, I hope to make it there someday

  • CassiasGarden

    CassiasGarden said 8 years ago

    Where would you like to be in ten years? "All modesty aside, in ten years I would like to have lots of power and money and be doing amazing philanthropic things all over the world. We got a taste of the power our art can have when we created a pendant for the Japan Relief Fund; leveraging our skills to create a product that we then donated the proceeds from was an incredibly empowering feeling!" Yep, 10-4 on that one! What a great interview and I really like how you also said our marketplace is electrifying. I couldn't agree more~! Thank you for being you you are and loving the little table where you must work together....;)

  • Epiphany6andCo

    Epiphany6andCo said 8 years ago

    Congrats, Telle nd Rex! Love your story and your shop. Good luck with all your endeavors!

  • AlbertinesCreations

    AlbertinesCreations said 8 years ago

    Lovely interview!

  • shaylen303

    shaylen303 said 8 years ago

    Just amazing stuff, and love your collaboration! XD

  • adoodle

    adoodle said 8 years ago

    congratulations!!! great work! :)

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 8 years ago

    Cute workspace

  • feathertreestudio

    feathertreestudio said 8 years ago

    congrats to you both! I love that you can work together and live together!

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 8 years ago

    Congrats! You are a very inspirational duo! Fabulous designs!!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 8 years ago

    Great cameo and love your attitude. We're all pioneers, charting our own lives whether we realize it or not. Best wishes!

  • jewelsbymoon

    jewelsbymoon said 8 years ago

    Your write up is awesome! Similar story here, as a freelance interior deisgner and our market crashing and getting worse every year, lets just say surviving was getting harder and harder. Starting my jewelry line was the most wonderful refreshing creative outlet in my life. It has been my total passion and my sanity. Congrats! wish you all the luck and happiness. Moon

  • ShoponSherman

    ShoponSherman said 8 years ago

    wow, what an interview. impressive. you seem like a very intelligent woman. independent and talented too. You actually want to live in 85 days of darkness/night??? that can't be good for a persons psyche. lol. Continued success with your shop!

  • PattieJansen

    PattieJansen said 8 years ago

    I love the adventure aspect of what you do and your credo for living! Brings to mind "Westward Ho the wagons!" and stuff like that...Most excellent interview. And your creations have a raw, primitive, edgy elegance that intrigues me. Wishing for you astounding success!

  • POSTNOW

    POSTNOW said 8 years ago

    love your work! Thanks for sharing. adore the way you present each item for sale - it's so creative.

  • ElvenWreathsJewelry

    ElvenWreathsJewelry said 8 years ago

    LOVE the straight shooter earrings!!

  • DreamCake

    DreamCake said 8 years ago

    Congrats on your feature! Also, you photos are fantastic! :D

  • Reinhabit

    Reinhabit said 8 years ago

    Welcome to Portland! I too was born in the south and love my sweet tea and biscuits. I recommend checking out Pine State and Screendoor. It will blow your mind, and your belly!! :)

  • petesbween

    petesbween said 8 years ago

    You kiddos are amazing! Reach for the unknown and feel the space that connects us all!

  • DecorLiving

    DecorLiving said 8 years ago

    Awesome!! Ps I live that image tale of a twister Kind regards, Decorliving

  • 100applegate

    100applegate said 8 years ago

    Fantastic Story, love your work!

  • ClaudiaHorsey

    ClaudiaHorsey said 8 years ago

    amazing interview.

  • artXchic

    artXchic said 8 years ago

    gorgeous jewelry, especially love the champagne dreams necklace. great work!

  • sparklefarm

    sparklefarm said 8 years ago

    >> Your items are wonderful - I've been admiring you for some time! Congratulations. <<

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 8 years ago

    Love your jewelry! Really fun read!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 8 years ago

    such cool work! love your photos and creativity. congrats on the feature :)

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 8 years ago

    Very fun to read. Congrats to both of you!

  • ZoeWithLove

    ZoeWithLove said 8 years ago

    What an inspiring interview! Thank you! Wish you two all the best!

  • blueridgewoodworking

    blueridgewoodworking said 8 years ago

    Good luck, been to Oregon... but home is in the south...I live only a hour away from Charlotte. I can not ever give up my Mountains and creeks, here....but there is "killer" places out there. Good article....and the best of luck.

  • notApplicable

    notApplicable said 8 years ago

    sTeLLar shoP pHoTos!

  • thedaydreamer

    thedaydreamer said 8 years ago

    "freshly rotting earth"...loved the contrasting terms

  • tomokotahara

    tomokotahara said 8 years ago

    Their creations are so unique, love them!

  • oneofakindgiftshop

    oneofakindgiftshop said 8 years ago

    Congratulations. lovely items

  • TheScarletSageTree

    TheScarletSageTree said 8 years ago

    Congrats on the feature, and doubly so for a husband and wife team, yay! Especially loved the story behind your shop name! Wishing you continued success, joy and inspiration :) - Suzanne

  • msquaredj

    msquaredj said 8 years ago

    :) congratulations! :)

  • ElisaGomez

    ElisaGomez said 8 years ago

    I too will one day live in Portland....great article. I liked it so much I read it TWICE :)

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 8 years ago

    Lovely work! The so pieces are unique.

  • maeyingthai

    maeyingthai said 8 years ago

    Your shop is beautiful!! congrats on the feature!! :-D

  • AllthingsWood

    AllthingsWood said 8 years ago

    Good luck on your journey, your great adventure through life!

  • FreshlySkweezed

    FreshlySkweezed said 8 years ago

    Yay, you guys! Thanks for the peek into your world! I'm a sucker for anyone who looks out for the underdog. Rex, sticking up for Mondays is saintly. Congrats on your feature!

  • Samanthasporcelain

    Samanthasporcelain said 8 years ago

    Beautiful and free! Enjoy!!

  • ConfettiWestern

    ConfettiWestern said 8 years ago

    hipster

  • SarahsSerendipities

    SarahsSerendipities said 8 years ago

    Love your stuff. Rex, you and I are, I'm sure, distant cousins. My grandmother was a Lefler from around Faith, NC.

  • JulienDenoyer

    JulienDenoyer said 8 years ago

    Congrats on the feature!!! Love your shop and minimalism in general!!!

  • dabsh01

    dabsh01 said 8 years ago

    These pieces are really beautiful.... Both of you make a great team....

  • dalilascloset

    dalilascloset said 8 years ago

    Love the way you display your necklaces....just perfect Dalila

  • TimeInMaine

    TimeInMaine said 8 years ago

    Love your work!

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 8 years ago

    Your designs are beautiful! Congratulations on the feature!:)

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 8 years ago

    Your earrings and necklaces are lovely!

  • Redolynnce

    Redolynnce said 8 years ago

    Terrific story. Really written well and very inspiring. Lovely items as well Thank you for sharing.

  • smallcouture

    smallcouture said 8 years ago

    great work ! and I love the pictures of the jewels, very inspiring !

  • PittiVintage

    PittiVintage said 8 years ago

    love it! very inspiring! thanks

  • ngchi

    ngchi said 8 years ago

    Congratulations!!!

  • vintagetouchjewelry

    vintagetouchjewelry said 8 years ago

    Wonderful energy coming from you two! Your photos and product are exemplary. You've landed in a wonderful place -- welcome to Portland!

  • FForrestCreations

    FForrestCreations said 8 years ago

    So enjoyed your story. The two of you together will be successful for a long time. Best of luck with your future dreams. Seems like you will be happy together for a long time. Congrats of your featured seller status.

  • NsewFabrics

    NsewFabrics said 8 years ago

    Love your items... & your interview is GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ShwimmyKids

    ShwimmyKids said 8 years ago

    Inspirational story! I love you name as well.

  • riversongrapture

    riversongrapture said 8 years ago

    Hurrah! For these fun creative adventurous souls!

  • BonChatBoutique

    BonChatBoutique said 8 years ago

    Wow! Love your enthusiasm and enjoyed your story! :D

  • GrandOldTimes

    GrandOldTimes said 8 years ago

    A wonderfully creative couple. Bravo !!!

  • GrandOldTimes

    GrandOldTimes said 8 years ago

    A wonderfully creative couple. Bravo !!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago

    Congrats on the feature.

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 8 years ago

    Love your jewelry! You have a great working space! Thanks for sharing! All the best!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your lovely working space. Beautiful jewelry! Thank you for sharing. Wishing you all the best.

  • Liduvina

    Liduvina said 8 years ago

    Congrats! Great job!

  • AudiBryanJewelry

    AudiBryanJewelry said 8 years ago

    Good for you! I found your take on "things" inspiring. Do you have any practical advice for others who would like to incorporate devoting work, for humanitarian causes?

  • mindsigh

    mindsigh said 8 years ago

    You two make a fantastic team. Congratulations on finding each other! I long for a collaborator.

  • siskothecat

    siskothecat said 8 years ago

    This is hands down my favorite featured seller article. Thanksmso much fornthepeek into your life. Your photo staging is so original and refreshing :)

  • ITEMFACTORY

    ITEMFACTORY said 8 years ago

    Cool Tips!! Thank you . I'm gonna give it a try

  • youreinmaine

    youreinmaine said 8 years ago

    Ahh! such a lovely couple.

  • botny

    botny said 8 years ago

    LOVE everything about you guys and your shop!!! Your work truly seems to reflect who you are! Such a deserving couple!! Congrats! :D

  • marbled

    marbled said 8 years ago

    Congrats, nice shop!

  • TexturesofLife

    TexturesofLife said 8 years ago

    Cheers to an inspirational couple! With Gratitude, Textures of Life.

  • Caradonnaphotography

    Caradonnaphotography said 8 years ago

    Fantastic interview, extremely interesting! Congratulations on being featured. Your art is every bit as interesting as your lives seem to be! How motivating!! Thank you, and love your shop!

  • berryisland

    berryisland said 8 years ago

    Rex is a young doppelganger for the coach of the Vancouver Canucks...beautiful jewelery too.

  • sweetanthem

    sweetanthem said 8 years ago

    I have been a bit obsessed with this shop for awhile now! So glad to see them featured <3

  • asileoriginals

    asileoriginals said 8 years ago

    Great interview, congratulations!

  • lalamarino631

    lalamarino631 said 8 years ago

    Awwwww....I think that it is so cool that you two get to work together...it's very inspiring...my hubbie is a fisherman and Im a school teacher...im in a classroom and he is on the water...Its hard sometimes to BE together...He supports me so much with my new creative calling... Enjoyed hearing and congrats to you both!!!:)

  • MizunoAmi

    MizunoAmi said 8 years ago

    Loved reading your interview! Your personalities really shine through. An inspiring, charming, informative read. :) Congrats on being featured!

  • GustoSpice

    GustoSpice said 8 years ago

    You guys are what the "American Dream" is to me - people getting out there doing what they love for the love of it and sharing that love with the world. Congratulations on the feature and best of luck to you both in your new state!

  • CoolWaterGems

    CoolWaterGems said 8 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! We are a mother-daughter team - love the team-work :)

  • StrongylosPhoto

    StrongylosPhoto said 8 years ago

    Great, great interview. It's cool to be from the "I knew Rex when" club! (EF South) Sending out all good thoughts for as many sales as your hearts are wishing for! ~Kathie

  • giftshopbrooklyn

    giftshopbrooklyn said 8 years ago

    Your photos are amazing! A work of art in themselves. Love it!! Congrats!

  • swaggjewelry

    swaggjewelry said 8 years ago

    This was an awesome interview. Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing. ;-)

  • DaniMarieVintage

    DaniMarieVintage said 8 years ago

    Beautiful shop :)

  • ChristinaRomeo

    ChristinaRomeo said 8 years ago

    Very unique and interesting designs! Keep up the fantastic work

  • bonnbonn

    bonnbonn said 8 years ago

    I love your designs and the thought you put into photographing them - wonderful!

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 8 years ago

    Wonderful Article!!! Great Creative Works!! Best Wishes in All Endeavors!!!!

  • MissPattisAttic

    MissPattisAttic said 8 years ago

    My husband and I loved reading about you two!!! Thank you for sharing your great story and shop. Good luck on all your future projects!!

  • TresChicNmodern

    TresChicNmodern said 8 years ago

    WOWWWWWW YOUR STUFF IS SOoooOo BEAUTIFUL. i LOVEEEEE YOUR UNIQUE JEWELRY!! LOOKS VERY COOL!!!!!!

  • SlippinSouthern

    SlippinSouthern said 8 years ago

    Hey guys, Your story is so inspiring and kind reminds me of me and the misses. Good luck in the westies. SS ;)

  • trulyenchanted

    trulyenchanted said 8 years ago

    I love that you two are both partners in life and business. It's inspiring and heartwarming. Best of luck!

  • PomLove

    PomLove said 8 years ago

    great interview, what an interesting journey. here's to much success here in portland!

  • amberandarrow

    amberandarrow said 8 years ago

    YES!!! Up up and away!!!

  • moonandlion

    moonandlion said 8 years ago

    This is a wonderful feature! So happy to read your interview, Telle & Rex. Keep up the good work :) Salutations from your Neutrino friends.

  • MagpieWorkshop

    MagpieWorkshop said 8 years ago

    Love your pieces and especially the organic way you present them. Fab article. "Mondays Are OK" with me too.

  • thefortunatehome

    thefortunatehome said 8 years ago

    Much future success and luck in your adventures!

  • mylittlenaturalsoap

    mylittlenaturalsoap said 8 years ago

    Wonderful! Congrats on the feature!

  • mark13148

    mark13148 said 8 years ago

    Very pretty!

  • nonporouscanvas

    nonporouscanvas said 8 years ago

    I so enjoyed your interview! You write so well. Congratulations on your feature! I wish you well, "Try everything once!" Well, said.

  • AKHBoutique

    AKHBoutique said 8 years ago

    This is jewelry today. Unique, unlimited, and extraordinary. Simple, but not lacking in heart. I LOVE it! Well done.

  • melanierogala

    melanierogala said 8 years ago

    Super congrats guys! I knew you two would feature soon! Good work+good people= appreciative etsy! May hearts widen and sales increase.

  • dmtgun3

    dmtgun3 said 8 years ago

    Yes,Fantastic ...I love pics..Talented and creative :))

  • therustpeddler

    therustpeddler said 8 years ago

    Power to you two! Really great job in the styling department...!

  • BodamerStudio

    BodamerStudio said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on your move and your success! :)

  • reneahanna

    reneahanna said 8 years ago

    Great interview and what an absolutely electric duo you two make! Congrats on the feature! You two are an inspiration. <3

  • InYourBones

    InYourBones said 8 years ago

    Sounds like an awesome team

  • starrstores

    starrstores said 8 years ago

    love it!!

  • Saressa

    Saressa said 8 years ago

    Great feature guys! So glad to have you in PDX representing :)

  • KSDluxe

    KSDluxe said 8 years ago

    Beautiful woork...great feature...love Portland and hope to get home one day. Congrats!

  • doodleprincess

    doodleprincess said 8 years ago

    I like your items!

  • Britton77

    Britton77 said 7 years ago

    Really love my earrings from you guys. I wear my neo tribal earrings when I am off adventuring in the wilds! Love them and truly love your aesthetic!

  • StyleGraphicDesign

    StyleGraphicDesign said 7 years ago

    Congrats!!! Very pretty jewelry!

  • catiques

    catiques said 7 years ago

    Very nice interview, and hopefully you will get to Alaska. The shop and jewelry is really nice. thanks for your story.

  • spinman

    spinman said 7 years ago

    Your styling looks very nice. I'll tell mydaughters with kids where to find you. spinman

  • CircleandStoneStudio

    CircleandStoneStudio said 7 years ago

    i like your philosophy and very much respect what you do. congrats and good luck!

  • ShiraMazor

    ShiraMazor said 7 years ago

    Great designs! love your work, true artists!

  • BleuOiseau

    BleuOiseau said 7 years ago

    Yeah Telle!! How awesome is this :D Congrats, you guys deserve it!

  • summerfang

    Zhou Fang said 7 years ago

    Hi Telle and Rex, this is Summer from C3Events (Bend) and I love the jewelries you created ! Our Artist Vending is now open, please contact karin@c3events.com for more information ! Or simply jump to our website ! Thank you :D

  • zarincon

    Zandra Rincon from AllSheCraves said 6 years ago

    Amazing designs! your work is really beautiful!!!!!

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