1. Where do you live, and where are you from?
I live in San Francisco. I was born in Prescott, Arizona. I grew up in Fresno, California but as soon as I graduated from High school I joined the Navy reserve so I could see the world (that was a long time ago). I have lived in New York, Chicago, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. And....I would love to live in Oregon someday.
2. How did you get started working with metal?
I started working with metal in early 2002 when I moved to San Miguel de Allende and took classes from Billy King (a Canadian expatriate). I have gone back a few more times to live and study since then. I am hoping that the etsymetal team will take a trip to Penland next winter so we can all share techniques and learn from each other.
3. What are a few of your favorite pieces at the moment?
I love this piece. Layers of silver, stacked to the sky:
4. What inspires you (artists, objects, interests)?
Rainy days inspire me, for some reason I get real creative when the rain hits the window. I love anything vintage and lacy, so that inspires me too.
5. Do you have any other artistic interests?
I started my artistic education in photography, so that is my first love. I have a photographer friend who once said to me "you have a distinct style, all your photos have a blurry romantic feel to them" and I said, "well, it's not on purpose, my hands are just shaky". Since then I look at my shots differently--I look forward to the randomness of dream-like, blurry photos.
My other great love is paper mache, which I also studied in Mexico.
You can find more of Elizabeth's (aka Libby) work in her Etsy Shop , as well as on her flickr and her blog.