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The 99 Feelings of ArtMind

May 9, 2012

by bmnguyen

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(Music by Jim Smith)

It all began with a simple assignment: a self-portrait. Mitsy Sleurs, the artist behind ArtMind ceramics, started with the shape of a Matryoshka – also known as a Russian doll. But then a difficult time – a “burnout,” as she calls it – compelled Mitsy to take the project further and use clay as salve. From there, her creativity bloomed and the 99 Feelings project was born.

Mitsy’s art effectively portrays the human experience – be it courage, happiness, or hope – and her sensitivity to those emotions are easily felt. As she states, “I like the fact that the number is uneven and that it leaves at least one unfinished feeling to make 100. For me, this represents all of the emotions I haven’t covered. They could be anything.” But then, as Mitsy herself reveals, her hundredth feeling may be her biggest, best “tummy feeling” yet.

Bao Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American photographer and filmmaker based in New York City.

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  • ArtMind

    Mitsy from ArtMind said 9 years ago Featured

    Thank you so much for the overwhelming and beautiful response to my handmade portrait. It's been a journey that changed my life completely and I couldn't have completed it without the help and support of Etsy & it's community. I'm grateful that I got to share my story and I'm touched that my work has meaning to many of you. So thank you all for the contineous support & kindness. It makes my heart glow and grow...


  • sandstormcreations

    sandstormcreations from sandstormcreations said 9 years ago

    Beautiful work. I'm not sure which pair of earrings I like the best :)

  • Blingup1

    Hatsuna from Blingup1 said 9 years ago

    That is a great artworks to express the feeling through matryoshka, which i had never thought of that, I do envy her for finding this ways to release the thoughts and feeling, and also at the same times these moments got kept together for you to remember them! I really enjoy the artworks you shown, they are simple, and modern, even when they are not been color yet, I really cant wait to see them been colored!! Thank you for sharing this film.


    Trisha & Janet from PAWLING said 9 years ago

    beautiful video. beautiful work. beautiful story! thanks for sharing.

  • yoguiana

    Ana from MysteriousCats said 9 years ago

    What a beautiful, inspirational video! Love it! :)

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl said 9 years ago

    That's so cool. They are so pretty. I have loved her work for awhile. Love it.

  • kh1467

    Kelly from KikuPaper said 9 years ago

    Simplicity that speaks volumes! How clever, lucky and inspiring to find a way to express yourself and find some healing.

  • ArigigiArt

    Gina from ArigigiArt said 9 years ago

    ArtMind is one of my fav shops on Etsy! I am glad that this shop is in Etsy blog!

  • dianeful

    Diane Walker from dianeful said 9 years ago

    Very beautiful!

  • minipotterybyanita from potterybyAnita said 9 years ago

    I ♥ nearly anything made of clay! Neat stuff and ideas! I'm so glad I discovered my "talent" for clay, myself, 25 years ago!! ♥♥♥

  • DPhiEIllustrator

    Chris Corozza said 9 years ago

    I saw your shop when I first joined Etsy a few years ago, and I'm always transfixed as I browse through your creations. The video is nicely done, as is the workmanship. Even though your figures are simplistic in nature, the message each sends is clear to me.

  • dayslonggone

    Gwynne Collins from DaysLongGone said 9 years ago

    OH!! You have always been one of my favorites! Your work is absolutely beautiful! It is great to see you on the FP!

  • babyjives

    Jahje Ives from BabyJivesCo said 9 years ago

    Wow, so wonderful to learn more about you and the impetus behind your work. Congratulations Mitsy!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 9 years ago


  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering said 9 years ago

    This video was really sweet. I really like the dinosaur/dragon doll too. What a great idea!

  • BonTons

    BonTons from BonTons said 9 years ago

    beautiful story, thank you for sharing

  • MissesFishes

    Nikol Wikman from NikolWikmanArt said 9 years ago

    I love your work! Thanks for sharing :)

  • PoleStar

    Jennifer Juniper from PoleStar said 9 years ago

    wonderful! I've loved your work for a long time, thank you for sharing your inspiration.

  • thelittlereddoor

    thelittlereddoor from thelittlereddoor said 9 years ago

    I have long loved Artmind and her amazing matryoshkas; so nice to watch this.

  • PearsonMaron

    Adam + Quincy from PearsonMaron said 9 years ago

    Yay Mitsy!

  • PieceofPeace

    PieceofPeace from PieceofPeace said 9 years ago

    I've admired your work for a long time! It's good to know a little about you and your process. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle said 9 years ago

    Great video. Beautiful work! Congrats!!

  • LaurenRoseJewlers

    Lauren Rose from LaurenRoseJewlers said 9 years ago

    very cool and very interesting! Loved it<3

  • FreshFromtheFlame

    FreshFromtheFlame from FreshFromtheFlame said 9 years ago

    Great project and what a wonderful way to express yourself as well as allow others to see their feelings in your artwork. Of course that is what I believe makes a great artist.

  • MagpieQuilts

    Ann from MagpieQuilts said 9 years ago

    Great video, lovely items! What a unique way to show emotions.

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan said 9 years ago

    Creative artwork,great post !

  • LaLaShoes

    Daria Ausenak from LaLaShoes said 9 years ago

    Beautiful, Mitsy! Congratulations!

  • LiciaBeads

    Licia Young from LiciaBeads said 9 years ago

    I adore the ArtMind collection, always have, always will! Hard to pick a favorite, but Shitty always made me giggle :)

  • bellablackbird

    Christine from bellablackbird said 9 years ago

    What an inspiring video, I love your work Mitsy!

  • TheBeautyofBoredom

    Gracie from TheBeautyofBoredom said 9 years ago

    Cool! I like the idea of a Russian doll for a self-portrait, very creative and unique idea. Also like the reasoning between the 99, always one thing left to be finished. As others have said, it is hard to pick a favorite of your work. Good luck!

  • elizasteindesigns

    Eliza Stein from elizasteindesigns said 9 years ago

    Brilliant! Minimalism at its finest! And I used to have a set of Russian dolls that I always wanted to draw new faces on, but wasn't allowed.

  • paintedfishstudio

    jen from paintedfishstudio said 9 years ago

    so wonderful! thank you for sharing, misty! xo

  • AnatomyVintage

    Amber Zaragoza from AnatomyVintage said 9 years ago

    This is seriously one of my favorite Etsy shops ever, and one of the first ones I found when I joined Etsy. I'm in awe of the elegant simplicity of these pieces. BRAVO!

  • EcoShag

    Tania Hillberg from EcoShag said 9 years ago

    Incredibly inspirational....thank you for sharing this with all of us. :)

  • UpsideDownFrowns

    UpsideDownFrowns from UpsideDownFrowns said 9 years ago

    Wow!! What a beautiful inspiring vidio. You may have to come up with another project to go along with all the emotions that come along with your babies first year. It is such a wonderful experiance like no other. Congratulations to a very talented lady!

  • UUPP

    UUPP from UUPP said 9 years ago

    Great shop!

  • goodbeads

    goodbeads from goodbeads said 9 years ago

    So lovely!

  • craftylittlecritters

    Edie and Amber Mother Daughter Team from CraftyLittleCritters said 9 years ago

    Touching and beautiful story! It's amazing how you can reach in pour out your feelings into your work. Love it and many blessings to you and your little one!

  • gypsumrose

    Levi Emerson from gypsumrose said 9 years ago

    love love love! especially the inspiration behind the shape, russian dolls!

  • yimmekedesign

    Diana from yimmekedesign said 9 years ago

    Hi Mitsy, Wonderful !!! It is such a gift to find out that we can express and share our feelings by getting lost in art. Life can be so rude, how dare it! But we can deal with anything if we are able to get it out there for all to see, for some to understand and for few even to empathize.

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  • RedorGrayArt

    Elaine Kean from RedorGrayArt said 9 years ago

    Love this shop and am so happy to see this special film ! Bao what great work capturing the special heart of this lovely artist!!

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    Polkadot Magpie from ThePolkadotMagpie said 9 years ago

    Beautifully shot, and directed. Mitsy I have loved your shop since I first came to Etsy. Congrats on this feature. Big congrats on the baby!

  • humblebea

    Natalie from humbleBea said 9 years ago

    Hi Mitsy! We go way back, don't we?! (-: Cogratulations on the feature! I really enjoyed your video~ you are so creative! So happy to hear about your new little bundle!

  • Parachute425

    Terry from Parachute425 said 9 years ago

    Misy - your work is wonderful. Thank you for sharing this video. Best wishes to your growing family.

  • dizhasneatstuff

    deb fearon from dizhasneatstuff said 9 years ago

    the ability to express our emotions through art is one of the qualities that makes us human. Thank you for sharing your human feelings.

  • claylicious

    Eshkar from claylicious said 9 years ago

    inspiring ! ive loved this shop for a long time and now... im inspired , what an artist ! wow

  • littlemateja

    Mateja Horonic from littlemateja said 9 years ago

    Such a lovely positive outlook on personal emotion. Thank you for inspiring me to do the same!

  • brownbunnybyiris

    Iris Karina from brownbunnybyiris said 9 years ago

    Mitsy I wish you the best of luck for you biggest creation ever, your child and feeling # 100:-)

  • uswatsons

    Sylvie Liv from SylvieLiv said 9 years ago

    Oh my oh my did I enjoy that sweet video! It made me smile out loud! :) What neat little dolls, and what a sweet person you are Mitsy! Best wishes for you and your little angel!

  • ValhallaFarm

    Deb from ValhallaFarm said 9 years ago

    I just love the Matryoshka concept of feelings within us and that make us who we are! Wonderful!! Thanks for sharing and putting smiles on our faces and within us!!!

  • elleestpetite

    Donna Thai from PetiteCuisine said 9 years ago

    Such a simple design, but so creative and meaningful. I love it!

  • callmemimi

    Lucia from callmemimi said 9 years ago

    Congrats Misty on the feature !!!! I'm so happy to see you here ;))))) Very well deserved !

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 9 years ago

    Beautiful! Congrats on your feature!

  • Arjatunsdaughter

    Erna Price from ArjatisDaughter said 9 years ago

    So nice to see another side of you, Mitsy! Bao made a beautiful , intospective film about you and your feelings. Love it,

  • LaTouchables

    Dawn from LaTouchables said 9 years ago

    Yay, Mitsy--it's brilliant to see you up there!

  • beliz82

    Beliz from ThreadEtc said 9 years ago

    Beautiful shop and great video Congrats !!!

  • Crafterall

    Marnie Karger from Crafterall said 9 years ago

    Hooray, Mitsy! This is a lovely portrait of you, your beautiful studio, your inspired works, and how everything comes together. It's a pleasure to "meet you," and judging from the other comments already, you are so well loved and known, if only virtually. Congratulations on the little one on the way! Woo Hoo!

  • nauli

    Eva-Dewi and Johanna from nauli said 9 years ago

    Dear Mitsy, What a deep story captured in such an artful way. Congratulations to you and Bao!

  • dollmeat

    dollmeat from ALABcraft said 9 years ago

    One of my most favourite Etsy sellers! I'm a huge fan of your work Mitsy. Beautiful and inspiring video and great workshop. Congrats and all the best!

  • pinipiru

    pinipiru from pinipiru said 9 years ago

    Lovely portrait Mitsy!

  • uniquefabricgifts

    Unique Fabric Gifts from uniquefabricgifts said 9 years ago

    Great and inspiring video! Beautiful work! Congratulations on your feature!

  • Huismus

    Simone from Huismus said 9 years ago

    So wonderful to see you up here Mitsy, congrats! xoxoxoxooxox

  • StudioCherie

    Cherie Killilea from StudioCherie said 9 years ago

    Mitsy, congratulations on your pregnancy. I wish for you a happy, healthy baby and all of the wonderful new feelings that go with parenthood. Fantastic video!

  • Donauluft

    Viktoria from Donauluft said 9 years ago

    What a touching and inspiring portrait! Your Blog and shop was one of the first I discovered when I started on Etsy, and since then I didn´t miss a post ! I admire your work, and I wish you the very best for those great feelings you are awaiting!

  • Kreativlink

    Renate Ikinger from Kreativlink said 9 years ago

    I'm a big Mitsy fan for the longest time now. So sweet to see you here! :)

  • ingermaaike

    Inger from IngerMaaike said 9 years ago

    So wonderful to see this inspirational girl portrayed so well with her feelings, they will remain my big favorite!

  • Florcita

    Mariana Ciliberto from Florcita said 9 years ago

    How beautiful! we love you MiSty! :)

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 9 years ago

    Love it!

  • Martata Admin

    Marta Pakovska said 9 years ago

    Amazing portrait of an amazing person! Mitsy!

  • Mouseblossom

    Yvonne de Jonge from Mouseblossom said 9 years ago

    Simply beautiful Mitsy!

  • HandmadeHandsome

    Tryntsje from HandmadeHandsome said 9 years ago

    Beautiful portrait. I love it how Mitsy uses so little to express so much. Congrats to you, Mitsy!

  • studioMoor

    Peter Moorman from foppesacreoriginals said 9 years ago

    Beautiful interview, nicely filmed, inspirational artist with beautiful work.

  • artfields

    Yaela from artfields said 9 years ago

    I've loved your work from the first time I saw it on etsy.

  • nathr3

    nathr3 said 9 years ago

    Zooooo moooooooi, alvast veel succes mat je WIP-je ; )

  • nathr3

    nathr3 said 9 years ago

    Mitsy, very emotional video, loved it. Wish you luck with your little WIP ; )

  • TwoTreesBelgium

    Annemiek Hamelink from TwoTreesWorld said 9 years ago

    Touching portrait :) congrats Mitsy!!

  • MysticalSecrets

    MysticalSecrets from MysticalSecrets said 9 years ago

    So beautiful art and interview.You`re so right,when you say many people don`t show their feelings and you don`t know what they feel because you can see it.And it`s great that you put your feelings in your art in this way. Congratulations on your pregnancy and i wish you the best.

  • Nancenet70

    Nancenet Designs from Nancenet70 said 9 years ago

    brilliant piece! i am a HUGE fan of Mitsy's work....mazel tov on the pregnancy!

  • thespottedsparrow

    Julia Sydnor from thespottedsparrow said 9 years ago

    Congratulations, Mitsy! It's wonderful to see you getting the recognition you deserve. Can't wait to see the newest 'feeling' once he or she arrives. :)

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 9 years ago

    Awesome Mitsy ! Congratulations!

  • ioulia

    ioulia from ioulia said 9 years ago

    A wonderful portrait Mitsy! You've always been a great inspiration for me! Congratulations on the little one that's on the way, and I wish you all the very best!

  • SabSabWorld

    Saba Lasheiei from SabSabWorld said 9 years ago

    very interesting ! :) love it ...

  • juanitatortilla

    Juanita from juanitatortilla said 9 years ago

    What a lovely, lovely video.

  • kraplap

    Petronella Luiting from P8ButtonArt said 9 years ago

    beautiful portrait of Mitsy ! Just as I know her.

  • nanouke

    nanouke from nanouke said 9 years ago

    FINALLY ETSY! Finally you notice my favorite shop in the world! I have "been" there, when Mitsy was doing her journey and it was so amazing to watch this collection grow.. I own two, courage and hurt. I like to look at them everyday and remind myself how far I come. I love you MItsy. Congrats my dearest friend!

  • staroftheeast

    staroftheeast from StaroftheEast said 9 years ago

    Mitsy congratulations on your wonderful video and baby of course, so great to see you here :)

  • tomsgrossmami

    Tom's Grossmami from tomsgrossmami said 9 years ago

    Wow! That's great! Congrats!

  • MaaPstudio

    Monika from MaaPstudio said 9 years ago

    Really great and inspiring video! Love your work !! and congratulations on your pregnancy , that will be new stage in your artistic life for sure ;)

  • ShebboDesign

    Sebnem Shebbodesign from ShebboDesign said 9 years ago

    Love your art Mitsy! Congrats for the feature :)

  • XbyLeinaNeima

    XbyLeinaNeima from XbyLeinaNeima said 9 years ago

    Mitsy, how touching story. I love your 99 feelings project from the very beginning and it was great to have an inner look. And congrats for the great news (about the baby)... Hugs.

  • ArtisEverything

    Iris from ArtisEverything said 9 years ago

    so unique !!! very toching story. wonderful video. GREAT !!!!

  • gretchenmist

    Belinda Marshall from BelindaMarshallArt said 9 years ago

    just gorgeous! so lovely to hear your voice and see you working. amazing too how art can heal. happy invisible and congrats :)

  • gretchenmist

    Belinda Marshall from BelindaMarshallArt said 9 years ago

    wooops, meant happy invincible {can't spell right now!!}.xx

  • alatvian

    Rita from alatvian said 9 years ago

    congrats to the feature Misty! well deserved!

  • coalchild

    coalchild from coalchild said 9 years ago

    incredible art , a journey of love...a life in touch.. wishing you a happy life.

  • ericawalker

    Erica Walker from EricaWalkerJewelry said 9 years ago

    What a lovely portrait of a lovely woman. Congratulations, Mitsy ♥

  • heyBoom

    j wolf from heyBoom said 9 years ago

    loved your work, good luck with the new feelings coming your way!

  • Mammaschest

    Lucía García from Mammaschest said 9 years ago

    Precious video and work

  • behappynow

    Jenny Meilihove from behappynow said 9 years ago

    fantastic!!! thank you!

  • theblackbirdsings

    Natasha Newton from NatashaNewtonArt said 9 years ago

    What a beautiful and touching film - it makes my own little 'Curious' feeling so much more special now i know the full story behind it. I treasure this little piece. And what wonderful news about the baby, Mitsy - sending lots of hugs and congratulations from England! x

  • ErikaPrice

    Erika from ErikaPrice said 9 years ago

    I love mitsy's work, and the film is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing :)

  • nightcloud

    Catharina from nightcloud said 9 years ago

    art is therapy, once more proved... we are lucky we can share your feelings :)

  • Zalavintage

    Zane Saracene from Zalavintage said 9 years ago

    brilliant, absolutely love this!

  • heartsandhome

    Margaret from heartsandhome said 9 years ago

    Lovely video and work.

  • MidwestAlchemy

    MidwestAlchemy from MidwestAlchemy said 9 years ago

    Admired your work for quite some time...always inspirational! Best of luck!

  • iragrant

    Ira from iragrant said 9 years ago

    Everything is amazing, just like you Mitsy:)

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    kathy johnson from ShoeClipsOnly said 9 years ago

    Love the tutorials! Thank-you for sharing!

  • starrybluesky

    Rhiannon Connelly from starrybluesky said 9 years ago

    So lovely to see this film Mitsy. I loved seeing your project evolve as you were working on it , so it is wonderful to learn a bit more about the story behind it. And many congratulations on your next little production. Groetjes xx

  • rikrak

    rikrak from rikrak said 9 years ago

    you are so amazing, mitsy. this is such a touching, beautiful, heart-warming and inspiring portrait. thank you for sharing with us in so many beautiful ways. i just adore artmind. she inspires me each and everyday with the many ways she so lovingly builds community in her gentle and brilliant ways. so glad to see her here. we're so lucky to have her as part of our world-wide community.

  • dippylulu

    dippylulu from dippylulu said 9 years ago

    One of my favorite shops on Etsy. You are loved, Mitsy. Wonderful!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    How sweet I love how something beautiful have come out of your difficult life experiences, congratulations!

  • guziks

    Stephanie from Phylogeny said 9 years ago

    I'm so glad I got to see this, and I absolutely love your shop!! So inspiring and a fantastic use of creativity. Thank you for sharing your story! :)

  • AquaMoose

    Shelby Beaulieu from AquaMoose said 9 years ago

    This made my day brighter! I am in a creative rut now, so this was very inspiring!

  • buttonsandstars

    Clare Mountain from xThreadBEARx said 9 years ago

    This is so wonderful! What a beautiful video, and such a thoughful, honest lady. It really shows in her work - there is so much heart in it. Congratulations on the baby!

  • mirabellamorello

    mirabellamorello from mirabellamorello said 9 years ago

    Congratulations and even though I don't know you, I feel like I want to send you a big hug! What an inspiring story! Thank you, Etsy, for sharing this story with us today.

  • CardTales

    Judith Perkel from CardTales said 9 years ago

    A most beautiful, loving, honest story. I will share it on my blog. The vessels are simple but expressive and passionate. I love your work.

  • chARiTyelise

    Charity Hofert from chARiTyelise said 9 years ago

    i have been enchanted by the work of Artmind for quite some time now; it is so wonderful to hear a little bit about the birth and process of creating these magical, emotive pieces and something about the artist who creates them! thank you for sharing this with us!

  • myvintagecrush

    Kathleen from myvintagecrush said 9 years ago

    Fabulous! Great story, great work!

  • needlenerd

    Bonnie from needlenerd said 9 years ago

    absolutely beautiful! congrats and thanks for sharing.

  • jmayoriginals

    jean from jmayoriginals said 9 years ago

    i have been a long-time admirer of her shop. thank you so much for sharing.

  • Musclesandcrafts

    Melanie from merVazi said 9 years ago

    Very inspirational video. The feelings shared here are truly amazing. Like wearing your heart on your sleeve, you've shared a part of yourself most keep private.

  • krize

    Kristina Sabaite from krize said 9 years ago

    I love the work of Misty! Transmits a lot!!

  • redhardwick

    Jen Hardwick from redhardwick said 9 years ago

    I love your story and your work is amazing!

  • PrettyElegance

    aide garfio from PrettyElegance said 9 years ago

    This is very inspirational on an emotional level and how lucky to be the 99th person to comment. lol I smile at this.

  • myMountainStudio

    Nikki Weiss from myMountainStudio said 9 years ago

    Beautiful!! ... thank for sharing!! :)

  • PaperAltar

    PaperAltar from PaperAltar said 9 years ago

    L O V E .

  • cuttlefishlove

    Emily Wright from cuttlefishlove said 9 years ago

    This is so wonderful!

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry from NangijalaJewelry said 9 years ago

    I have been a fan for a long time. Now seeing this just makes me feel wonderful inside :-) Congratulations on the feature and the baby!

  • Monicaj

    Monica from Monicaj said 9 years ago

    Mitsy, it's so wonderful to see you and hear your story. Congratulations on the feature. Thank you for sharing all of your feelings with us. I wish you all the very best with your new baby, Congratulations! Much love, -Monica

  • AnnealedHeart

    Amanda from AnnealedHeart said 9 years ago

    I have always been attracted to your work aesthetically, but I feel so much more connected to you wonderful pieces after seeing this fantastic feature. Thanks so much for sharing your sweet and inspiring story, and best of luck with the growing family!

  • GlazedOver

    GlazedOver from GlazedOver said 9 years ago

    WOW, Mitsy! What a stirring portrait. I am moved to tears.

  • BlueTerracotta

    Laura Jacquemond from BlueTerracotta said 9 years ago

    Congrats on a beautiful video and story, Mitsy! I realize that I had never heard you speak before, what a lovely soft voice you have. All the best for you and your baby!!

  • empapers

    Eleanor Mayrhofer from empapers said 9 years ago

    This is wonderful! Mitsy, I have enjoyed seeing your work on the web and meeting you at Hello Etsy, but it is so great to see this lovely film which provides so much touching context to your work and this project. Well done!

  • 1dream

    1dream from 1dream said 9 years ago

    Congrats Mitsy your work and baby. Your works are amazing..

  • AcrosstheBoards

    Tina Martin from AcrosstheBoards said 9 years ago

    Beautiful work.... Your pieces move me. And the video is lovely. Congrats!

  • bijouxdellostregatto

    bijouxdellostregatto from BijouxdelloStregatto said 9 years ago

    Congrats to the feature and the beautiful video Mitsy!

  • SidonieYang

    Sidonie Yang from SIDONIEYANG said 9 years ago

    A beautiful and touching story. I love her ceramics, as well... all of them are so beautiful.

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas said 9 years ago


  • madteagarden

    Sze Chua from madteagarden said 9 years ago

    Seeing this video brought tears to my eyes :') I'm so touched!!! what a beautiful story Mitsy~ Thanks for sharing and congratulations!

  • ArtMind

    Mitsy from ArtMind said 9 years ago Featured

    Thank you so much for the overwhelming and beautiful response to my handmade portrait. It's been a journey that changed my life completely and I couldn't have completed it without the help and support of Etsy & it's community. I'm grateful that I got to share my story and I'm touched that my work has meaning to many of you. So thank you all for the contineous support & kindness. It makes my heart glow and grow...

  • anapina

    Ana Pina from anapina said 9 years ago

    This is amazing! Beautiful video, words and work... congratulations for everything Mitsy!

  • TastefulThings

    Liliana from TastefulThings said 9 years ago

    congratulations on the feature. The shapes and molds are enchanting!

  • DeerLola

    Ina from DeerLola said 9 years ago

    zoooooooooo moooooooi ! and thank you for inspiring so many of us...

  • mooshoopork

    mooshoo from mooshoopork said 9 years ago

    I have been a fan of ARtmind for a long time now... No matter how sad , your dolls always bring a little smile to my face. I can relate in that what i try and do with paint at times is a bit of what your doing with clay.... and I love that you can get so many textures and touchable feelings on your dolls! Its fantastic that you can put an emotion into an object... congrats on the etsy blog! lovely video :)

  • StonetreeJewelry

    Zoe from StonetreeJewelry said 9 years ago

    Quite beautiful creations, video, and inspiration. Loved this post!

  • fleurfatale

    fleurfatale from fleurfatale said 9 years ago

    it's a beautiful portrait Mitsy , you really touched me!

  • CopperheadCreations

    Sarah from CopperheadCreations said 9 years ago

    Oh, I've loved these for so long!!! :D So great to see this.

  • inspiredartprints

    Tara from inspiredartprints said 9 years ago

    Lovely work. This was one of the first shops I discovered when I first found etsy. I wish you continued success!

  • LAccentNou

    Anastasia from LAccentNou said 9 years ago

    WONDERFUL! I was crying at the end... I'm a big fan of Mitsy and her work and I'm very happy to watch this wonderful video! Congrats, darling Mitsy, on the most beautiful growing inside yourself and on this feature! xo

  • kbmatter

    Karin Bruckner from kbmatter said 9 years ago

    Great to see these featured in the Etsy blog - they wormed their way into my heart a long time ago. Always make you smile, when you see another one coming around your favorites! Thanks, Mitsy!

  • mouse14

    mouse14 said 9 years ago

    Heel mooi !!! kippenvel moment ! <3 My-art design

  • birribe

    Britta from Birribe said 9 years ago

    so wonderful to see you Mitsy and your future new little life.

  • BlueMoonLights

    Alexandra Simons from BlueMoonLights said 9 years ago

    Awesome work!

  • loriglorie

    Lori Bruggeman from LoriGlorie said 9 years ago

    Beautiful work and a beautiful story

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 9 years ago

    Congrats! Your work is amazing!

  • bymarina

    Marina from MarinasArtAttic said 9 years ago

    I was feeling some of the things you were describing, and thought, what a gift to see your video

  • VeryCarey

    Carey from VeryCarey said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your personal story and expressing it in beautiful artwork.

  • sabahnur

    Sabahnur from sabahnur said 9 years ago

    yay Mitsy! happy for you. amazing video hugs

  • GraysCrafts

    Anna and Kenneth Gray from GraysCrafts said 9 years ago

    What do you know about Russian art? It is amazing how a lot of people try to do something with matryoshka dolls, many of them not knowing a thing about Russian art history and traditions.

  • pinkpoppies1991

    Pink Poppies from pinkpoppies1991 said 9 years ago


  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm from baconsquarefarm said 9 years ago

    Artmind has been one of my favorite shops on Etsy, thanks for sharing your story with all of us and your beautiful work as well.


    Moira Neilson from PALEOLOCHIC said 9 years ago

    Congratulation Mitsy, I love to see you here!

  • artbysusmitha

    Susmitha Subbaraju from artbysusmitha said 9 years ago

    I've been a fan of Mitsy's 'feelings' for a long time now. It heartens me to hear her beautiful story. Congratulations on your 'best tummy feeling', Mitsy. :)

  • lauraprill

    Laura Prill from lauraprill said 9 years ago

    Delightful post, thank you!

  • viltalakim

    Kim Nijsten from viltalakim said 9 years ago

    wow mooie reportage Mitsy!! ben blij dat ik je ken :) Je Project is en blijft geweldig

  • designlab443

    Tracy from designlab443 said 9 years ago

    lovely video, thank you for sharing your 99 feelings!

  • Sigmosaics

    Sigmosaics from Sigmosaics said 9 years ago

    dear mitsy .. it is pure joy to see where you have come to, to have seen your journey and watched it grow along the way. Congratulations for this beautiful portrait, so rich and so emotional. It is with all my heart that I will always wish the very best for you. Yay for the joy of babies!! I saw your glowing picture on your newsletter .. it makes me smile. My own treasures of yours are always near me .. they have had many journeys. Many hugs my friend xox

  • LauraGourmel

    LauraGourmel from LauraGourmel said 9 years ago

    Wonderful work! I love it

  • EbbAndFlow09

    Devon Specht from EbbAndFlow09 said 9 years ago

    What a stunning video...and such a startlingly connective story. I think everyone can identify, at one time or another, with a struggle to understand their own thoughts and feelings. This is a truly beautiful expression of that. Really special :)

  • benedictegele

    Bénédicte Gelé from benedictegele said 9 years ago

    A beautiful video (love the music!) for a wonderful project! Mitsy, you're touching me.

  • darcytozier

    Darcy Tozier from darcytozier said 9 years ago

    Such a rich and fulfilling project. The resulting body of work is so simple yet delightfully evocative. Mitsy, you have cut to the core of what all artists are striving to acheive. Kudos.

  • BlueSquiggle

    Monique Flannagan from BlueSquiggle said 9 years ago

    Awesome! Love this! Such a great minimalist style! Repetition of an art piece can really put you in touch with the quieter voices in your inner self. I'm inspired! These types of articles are encouraging! Congrats on your feature!

  • paulfiorello

    Paul Fiorello from DancingMoonLLC said 9 years ago

    Hi Mitsy, I love the concept of the ceramic Matryoshka dolls. Beautiful designs. Good luck.

  • LiliDMagpieCreations

    Lisa Giddings from LiliDMagpieCreations said 9 years ago

    Beautiful and heartfelt work! The video really captures the deep emotional connection and love that you bring to your work. :)

  • fromjeanne

    Jeanne from FromJeanne said 9 years ago

    Great! I love your work

  • artstuff4me

    Mary Reed from mdollshop said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your feelings. Great heart warming story...Your artwork speaks beautiful volumes.

  • EviesToolEmporium

    Michelle and Dave from EviesToolEmporium said 9 years ago

    So happy to hear Mitsy's journey! Amazing, creative, wonderful artist!

  • TheHoneyCup

    Ryn from TheHoneyCup said 9 years ago

    I know I'm a bit late, but Thank you for sharing your story and your journey. :) It's truly inspiring!

  • babeinablanket

    Misty from babeinablanket said 8 years ago

    This is by far the best Etsy video I've seen. Thanks for sharing!

  • tabithaurch1

    Tabitha Urch from THEMADPOTTERDESIGN said 7 years ago


  • zeesi

    zeesi from Zeesi said 7 years ago

    beautiful, touching, may you have much joy from your little baby

  • DezineKonnections

    Tola Laseinde from DetolaAndGeek said 7 years ago

    I was so moved and close to tears. So real. Whenever I finish one of my colourful handmade lampshades, I too in a way am expressing my feelings from inside out. Thank you, Tola x

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns said 5 years ago

    I like this!

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