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Featured Seller: Thepairabirds

Feb 8, 2012

by thepairabirds

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Tabitha Bianca Brown. I live in the northern part of Illinois, about 45 minutes outside of Chicago. In 2005, I graduated from the American Academy of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I enjoy reading design/art blogs, graphic novels, fiction, and, I will admit, a few celebrity gossip sites (gossip may fall into the fiction genre, right?).

What would be the title of your memoir?
As an introvert, the idea of revealing so much about my personal life is terrifying. For that reason, my memoir would be titled Tabitha Brown the (Blank): A Memoir. It would be like one of those Mad Libs books. That way people can make silly, sad or happy versions of me. And, I maintain my privacy.

Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from nature, mid-century modern style, and ’60s and ’70s photos. I also spend a ton of time at the library checking out art books and magazines.

What does handmade mean to you?
Handmade means using your hands to translate an idea into something tangible.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
Other artists and art supporters have been extremely influential. Social media, like Twitter and Facebook, provide a great way to give and receive encouragement. It feels good to hear compliments from fellow artists.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
I think I knew I was an artist/creative when I was a kid playing with Barbies. My cousin and I hand-stitched clothes for our dolls and built buses for them with boxes. Looking back, the clothes were not exactly lovely (bright yellow felt pants for Barbie), but the idea of creating something new with my hands was there.

How would you describe your creative process?
When working on commissioned work, like logo designs or portraits, I do tons of prep work. That includes thumbnail sketches, reference photos, color studies, etc. However, for non-commissioned pieces, I start off with a general idea and a rough sketch. I tend to work out the idea in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Alphonse Mucha. I love the fluidty and attention to details in Art Nouveau. Also, seeing artists create beautiful and delicate lines without the help of a computer is inspiring.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
My old sketchbooks from 8th grade and onward. They are a good way to gauge how I have grown as an artist.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
Reading design blogs and visiting the library often gets me out of creative ruts. Also, flipping through my old sketchbooks help. That fuzzy idea I had last year may finally come together, now that I am looking at it with fresh eyes and more skills.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
I would love to have my own little apartment where I can set up a real studio for myself. A sturdy work desk, tons of natural lighting, work from fellow Etsy artists hanging from the wall — all pretty, bright and ready to be featured on a design blog! Currently, my studio is my laptop and a Wacom drawing tablet on my lap. Mobile, but not very photogenic.

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Carnation in January Art Print, January Birthday Art, African American Art, Capricorn Art, Carnation Art, Mother Nature, Tabitha Brown Art
Carnation in January Art Print, January Birthday Art, African American Art, Capricorn Art, Carnation Art, Mother Nature, Tabitha Brown Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Copycat Art Print, Colorful Family Illustration, Sisters Art, Mother and Daughter Print, African American Art
Copycat Art Print, Colorful Family Illustration, Sisters Art, Mother and Daughter Print, African American Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Record Player Art Print, Urban Loft Illustration, Music Lover Print, House Plant Art Print, Black Girl Art, Nature Lover Art, 12x12 Print
Record Player Art Print, Urban Loft Illustration, Music Lover Print, House Plant Art Print, Black Girl Art, Nature Lover Art, 12x12 Print
thepairabirds
$25.00 USD
Lazy Sunday Art Print, Cottage Home Illustration, Retro Bedroom Illustration, African American Wall Art, Colorful Collage Art
Lazy Sunday Art Print, Cottage Home Illustration, Retro Bedroom Illustration, African American Wall Art, Colorful Collage Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
All My Sisters Art Print, Best Friends Illustration, Sisterhood Art, African American Wall Art, Feminism Art, Womanism Art, Sorority Art
All My Sisters Art Print, Best Friends Illustration, Sisterhood Art, African American Wall Art, Feminism Art, Womanism Art, Sorority Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Queen of the Butterflies Art, Butterfly Queen Silhouette Portrait Print Illustration, Black and White Queen Art 5x7, 8x10, 11x14
Queen of the Butterflies Art, Butterfly Queen Silhouette Portrait Print Illustration, Black and White Queen Art 5x7, 8x10, 11x14
thepairabirds
$15.00 USD
Flower Crown Silhouette Art Print (0001), Dark Botanical Valentine Illustration, 5x7, 8x10, 11x14
Flower Crown Silhouette Art Print (0001), Dark Botanical Valentine Illustration, 5x7, 8x10, 11x14
thepairabirds
$15.00 USD
Terrific Two Art Print, Natural Hair Girls Illustration, Urban Ethnic Fashion Art, African American Summer Festival Art, Colorful Collage
Terrific Two Art Print, Natural Hair Girls Illustration, Urban Ethnic Fashion Art, African American Summer Festival Art, Colorful Collage
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Rainy Day Reading Art Print, Urban Home Art, Rainstorm Illustration, Purple  Blue Room Art, Bookworm Art, African American Art, Latina Art
Rainy Day Reading Art Print, Urban Home Art, Rainstorm Illustration, Purple Blue Room Art, Bookworm Art, African American Art, Latina Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Flower Natural Hair Silhouette Art Print (0003), Rose Valentine Dark Fashion Portrait Illustration, 5x7, 8x10, 11x14
Flower Natural Hair Silhouette Art Print (0003), Rose Valentine Dark Fashion Portrait Illustration, 5x7, 8x10, 11x14
thepairabirds
$15.00 USD
Wildflower Crown Art Print (0002), Woodland Fairy Silhouette with Purple Flower Crown Wall Art, 5x7, 8x10, 11x14, 12x12
Wildflower Crown Art Print (0002), Woodland Fairy Silhouette with Purple Flower Crown Wall Art, 5x7, 8x10, 11x14, 12x12
thepairabirds
$15.00 USD
Pisces Zodiac Room Art, Horoscope Astrology Print, Garden Art, African American Art, Natural Hair Art, Pisces Art, Zodiac Art, Goldfish Art
Pisces Zodiac Room Art, Horoscope Astrology Print, Garden Art, African American Art, Natural Hair Art, Pisces Art, Zodiac Art, Goldfish Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Sagittarius Zodiac Sign Art, Astrology Print, Fashion Art, African American Art, Horoscope Art, Sagittarius Art, Zodiac Art, Travel Art
Sagittarius Zodiac Sign Art, Astrology Print, Fashion Art, African American Art, Horoscope Art, Sagittarius Art, Zodiac Art, Travel Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Scorpio Zodiac Sign Art, Astrology Print, Women Fashion Art, African American Art, Horoscope Art, Summer Art, Zodiac Art, Scorpio Lady
Scorpio Zodiac Sign Art, Astrology Print, Women Fashion Art, African American Art, Horoscope Art, Summer Art, Zodiac Art, Scorpio Lady
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Aquarius Zodiac Room Art, Horoscope Astrology Print, Zodiac Sign Art, African American Art, Water Sign Art
Aquarius Zodiac Room Art, Horoscope Astrology Print, Zodiac Sign Art, African American Art, Water Sign Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Virgin Mary and Child Art Print, Christmas Art, Mother and Child Illustration, Holiday Art, Black Art, Baby Jesus Art, Our Lady of Guadalupe
Virgin Mary and Child Art Print, Christmas Art, Mother and Child Illustration, Holiday Art, Black Art, Baby Jesus Art, Our Lady of Guadalupe
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Capricorn Room Art, Astrology Print, Women Fashion Art, African American Art, Horoscope Art,  Zodiac Art, Winter Illustration
Capricorn Room Art, Astrology Print, Women Fashion Art, African American Art, Horoscope Art, Zodiac Art, Winter Illustration
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Retro Wave Anime Art Print, Bookworm Illustration, Anime Art, Book Lover Art, African American Art, Natural Hair Art, Manga fan, Otaku Art
Retro Wave Anime Art Print, Bookworm Illustration, Anime Art, Book Lover Art, African American Art, Natural Hair Art, Manga fan, Otaku Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Library Art Print, Urban Home Art, Bookworm Illustration, Reading Room Art, Book Lover Art, African American Art, Natural Hair Art,
Library Art Print, Urban Home Art, Bookworm Illustration, Reading Room Art, Book Lover Art, African American Art, Natural Hair Art,
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Lady in White Art, Black and White Fashion Art, African American Print, Natural Hair Art 12x12 Square Print
Lady in White Art, Black and White Fashion Art, African American Print, Natural Hair Art 12x12 Square Print
thepairabirds
$25.00 USD
Gemini Interior Art, Horoscope Astrology Print, Women Fashion Art, African American Art, Natural Hair Art, Gemini Art, Zodiac Art
Gemini Interior Art, Horoscope Astrology Print, Women Fashion Art, African American Art, Natural Hair Art, Gemini Art, Zodiac Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Girls and Boys Art Print, Childrens Art, African American Wall Art, Little Boy Art, Little Girl Art, Black Art, Kids Art, Tabitha Brown Art
Girls and Boys Art Print, Childrens Art, African American Wall Art, Little Boy Art, Little Girl Art, Black Art, Kids Art, Tabitha Brown Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Poppy in August Art Print, Birth Month Art, African American Art, Summer Art, Poppy Art, Natural Hair Art, Leo Zodiac Art, Tabitha Brown Art
Poppy in August Art Print, Birth Month Art, African American Art, Summer Art, Poppy Art, Natural Hair Art, Leo Zodiac Art, Tabitha Brown Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Marigold in October Art Print, Birth Month Art, African American Art, Autumn Art, Marigold Art, Natural Hair Art, Tabitha Brown Art
Marigold in October Art Print, Birth Month Art, African American Art, Autumn Art, Marigold Art, Natural Hair Art, Tabitha Brown Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Aquarium Room Art Print, Cottage Style Home Illustration, Interior Design Collage, Redhead Girl Artwork, Ukiyoe Style Print
Aquarium Room Art Print, Cottage Style Home Illustration, Interior Design Collage, Redhead Girl Artwork, Ukiyoe Style Print
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Little Adventure Art Print, Forest Art, African American Wall Art, Little Boy Art, Little Girl Art, Black Art, Brother and Sister
Little Adventure Art Print, Forest Art, African American Wall Art, Little Boy Art, Little Girl Art, Black Art, Brother and Sister
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Balancing Act, Woman and Books Silhouette Art Print
Balancing Act, Woman and Books Silhouette Art Print
thepairabirds
$15.00 USD
Gaia Art Print, (Retro Afrofuturism Mythology Ukiyo-e inspired Illustration) 5x7 8x10 11x14
Gaia Art Print, (Retro Afrofuturism Mythology Ukiyo-e inspired Illustration) 5x7 8x10 11x14
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Under the Forest Trees Art Print, Children Art, African American Art, Butterfly Art, Little Girl Art, Black Art, Kids Art, Tabitha Brown Art
Under the Forest Trees Art Print, Children Art, African American Art, Butterfly Art, Little Girl Art, Black Art, Kids Art, Tabitha Brown Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Fish Postcard Girl Art, (Nautical Sea Creature Art, Vintage Fish Illustration, Natural Hair Black Art) 12x12 Large Purple Square Print
Fish Postcard Girl Art, (Nautical Sea Creature Art, Vintage Fish Illustration, Natural Hair Black Art) 12x12 Large Purple Square Print
thepairabirds
$25.00 USD
Glamour in Purple Art Print, Afro Illustration, Fashion Print, African American Print, Black Girl Art, Nature Lover Art, 12x12 Print
Glamour in Purple Art Print, Afro Illustration, Fashion Print, African American Print, Black Girl Art, Nature Lover Art, 12x12 Print
thepairabirds
$25.00 USD
Aries Room Art, Horoscope Astrology Print, Women Fashion Art, African American Art, Aries Zodiac Symbol, Zodiac Art
Aries Room Art, Horoscope Astrology Print, Women Fashion Art, African American Art, Aries Zodiac Symbol, Zodiac Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Greetings Art Print, Best Friend Illustration, Sisterhood Art, African American Art, Feminism Art, Natural Hair Art, Sorority Art, Hello Art
Greetings Art Print, Best Friend Illustration, Sisterhood Art, African American Art, Feminism Art, Natural Hair Art, Sorority Art, Hello Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Butterfly Angels Art Print, Christmas Art, Butterfly Art, Holiday Art, Black Art, Mother and Daughter, Christmas Angel Art, Easter Angel
Butterfly Angels Art Print, Christmas Art, Butterfly Art, Holiday Art, Black Art, Mother and Daughter, Christmas Angel Art, Easter Angel
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Witches Halloween Art, Fashion Print, Women Fashion Art, African American Art, Witchy Art, Black Witch Art, Black Art by Tabitha Brown
Witches Halloween Art, Fashion Print, Women Fashion Art, African American Art, Witchy Art, Black Witch Art, Black Art by Tabitha Brown
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Libra Sign Art, Astrology Print, Women Fashion Art, African American Art, Horoscope Art, Summer Art, Zodiac Art
Libra Sign Art, Astrology Print, Women Fashion Art, African American Art, Horoscope Art, Summer Art, Zodiac Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Rocking Chair Art Print, Interior Art, Mother and Child Illustration, Nursery Art, Black Art, African American Girl Art, Cottage Room Art
Rocking Chair Art Print, Interior Art, Mother and Child Illustration, Nursery Art, Black Art, African American Girl Art, Cottage Room Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Sunlight Art, Fashion Print Illustration, Women Fashion Art, African American Art, Natural Hair Art, Blue Jay Bird Print
Sunlight Art, Fashion Print Illustration, Women Fashion Art, African American Art, Natural Hair Art, Blue Jay Bird Print
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Floral Pink Coat Art Print, Woman with Plants Illustration, Pink Graphic Fashion Illustration, Contemporary Black Art, 5x7, 8x10, 11x14
Floral Pink Coat Art Print, Woman with Plants Illustration, Pink Graphic Fashion Illustration, Contemporary Black Art, 5x7, 8x10, 11x14
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Leo Zodiac Room Art, Horoscope Astrology Print, Garden Art, African American Art, Natural Hair Art, Leo Art, Zodiac Art
Leo Zodiac Room Art, Horoscope Astrology Print, Garden Art, African American Art, Natural Hair Art, Leo Art, Zodiac Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Taurus Sanctuary Art, Horoscope Astrology Print, Women Fashion Art, African American Art, Natural Hair Art, Greenhouse Art, Zodiac Art
Taurus Sanctuary Art, Horoscope Astrology Print, Women Fashion Art, African American Art, Natural Hair Art, Greenhouse Art, Zodiac Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Girls in Purple and Sunglasses Art (Retro Summer Fashion African American Print, 1960s Inspired Natural Hair Women) 5x7, 8x10, 11x14
Girls in Purple and Sunglasses Art (Retro Summer Fashion African American Print, 1960s Inspired Natural Hair Women) 5x7, 8x10, 11x14
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
New Leaf Art Print, Forest Spirit Art, African American Art, Garden Illustration, Plant Lover Art, Natural Hair Art, Tabitha Brown Art
New Leaf Art Print, Forest Spirit Art, African American Art, Garden Illustration, Plant Lover Art, Natural Hair Art, Tabitha Brown Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Dancehall Queens Art, Retro Fashion Print, Women Fashion Art, African American Art, Natural Hair Art, African Ethnic Art, Caribbean Art
Dancehall Queens Art, Retro Fashion Print, Women Fashion Art, African American Art, Natural Hair Art, African Ethnic Art, Caribbean Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Summer Solstice Art Print, Fashion Art, African American Art, Caribbean Art,  Mother Nature Art, Yellow Art, Sorority Art, Natural Hair Art
Summer Solstice Art Print, Fashion Art, African American Art, Caribbean Art, Mother Nature Art, Yellow Art, Sorority Art, Natural Hair Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Lily of the Valley in May Art Print, Birth Month Art, African American Art, Forest Art,  Spring Art, Daisy Art,  Tabitha Brown Art
Lily of the Valley in May Art Print, Birth Month Art, African American Art, Forest Art, Spring Art, Daisy Art, Tabitha Brown Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Bird Coat Art Print, Girl in Parrot Coat Illustration, Fashion Illustration, African American Art, Natural Hair Artwork 5x7, 8x10, 11x14
Bird Coat Art Print, Girl in Parrot Coat Illustration, Fashion Illustration, African American Art, Natural Hair Artwork 5x7, 8x10, 11x14
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Daffodil in March Art Print, Birth Month Art, African American Art, Autumn Art,  March Flower Art,  Spring Art, Tabitha Brown Art
Daffodil in March Art Print, Birth Month Art, African American Art, Autumn Art, March Flower Art, Spring Art, Tabitha Brown Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Porcelain Room Art Print, Cottage Style  Fashion Portrait Illustration, Vintage Pottery Artwork, African American Art, Interior Illustration
Porcelain Room Art Print, Cottage Style Fashion Portrait Illustration, Vintage Pottery Artwork, African American Art, Interior Illustration
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Windowsill Art Print, Cottage House Art, Bookworm Illustration, Garden Lover Print, House Plant Art Print, Black Girl Art, Nature Lover Art
Windowsill Art Print, Cottage House Art, Bookworm Illustration, Garden Lover Print, House Plant Art Print, Black Girl Art, Nature Lover Art
thepairabirds
$25.00 USD
Line of Flowers Art, Natural Hair Portrait Print Illustration, Black and White African American Art, Black and White Line Drawing
Line of Flowers Art, Natural Hair Portrait Print Illustration, Black and White African American Art, Black and White Line Drawing
thepairabirds
$15.00 USD
Florists Art Print, Gardeners Illustration, Floral Shop Art, Spring Garden Art, Natural Hair Art, African American Art, Pink and Green Art
Florists Art Print, Gardeners Illustration, Floral Shop Art, Spring Garden Art, Natural Hair Art, African American Art, Pink and Green Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Sweater Art Print, Fashion Print Illustration, Women Fashion Art, African American Art, Natural Hair Art, Dark Purple Silhouette,
Sweater Art Print, Fashion Print Illustration, Women Fashion Art, African American Art, Natural Hair Art, Dark Purple Silhouette,
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Floral Crown Silhouette Art  (0002), Flower Portrait Print Illustration, 5x7, 8x10, 11x14
Floral Crown Silhouette Art (0002), Flower Portrait Print Illustration, 5x7, 8x10, 11x14
thepairabirds
$15.00 USD
Light Reading Art, Interior Room Art, Woman Reading Art, African American Print, Bookworm Illustration, 12x12 Square Print
Light Reading Art, Interior Room Art, Woman Reading Art, African American Print, Bookworm Illustration, 12x12 Square Print
thepairabirds
$25.00 USD
Merry Widows Art, Fashion Print Illustration, Women Fashion Art, Pink and Purple Garden Art, 1920s Art, Gardner Print, 5x7, 8x10, 11x14
Merry Widows Art, Fashion Print Illustration, Women Fashion Art, Pink and Purple Garden Art, 1920s Art, Gardner Print, 5x7, 8x10, 11x14
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Roller Skaters Art Print, Retro Roller Skating Illustration, Roller Derby Art, Sorority Sister, Natural Hair Art, African American Art
Roller Skaters Art Print, Retro Roller Skating Illustration, Roller Derby Art, Sorority Sister, Natural Hair Art, African American Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Workout Art Print, Exercise Illustration, Yoga Girl Art Print, African American Art, Natural Hair Art, Urban Contemporary Print
Workout Art Print, Exercise Illustration, Yoga Girl Art Print, African American Art, Natural Hair Art, Urban Contemporary Print
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Chrysanthemums in November Art Print, Birth Month Art, African American Art, Autumn Art,  November Flower Art, Tabitha Brown Art
Chrysanthemums in November Art Print, Birth Month Art, African American Art, Autumn Art, November Flower Art, Tabitha Brown Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD
Barry and Gary Art Print, Childrens Art, Gardening Art, African American Wall Art, Little Boy Art, Brother Art, Black Art, Kids Wall Art
Barry and Gary Art Print, Childrens Art, Gardening Art, African American Wall Art, Little Boy Art, Brother Art, Black Art, Kids Wall Art
thepairabirds
$20.00 USD

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