Monday, November 5, 2012

Meet The Bloggers for the HVNY Team!

Let's take a moment to meet the lovely ladies behind the Hudson Valley Etsy Team blog.  We hope you enjoy checking it out as much as we do putting it all together.

I'm Marilyn Perez and my shop is Pulp Sushi, full of bold and colorful handmade "retro-inspired" jewelry.  Born and raised in New York, I currently live in Fishkill with my boyfriend.  I have a major sweet-tooth, a love for low-brow art, books, music, photography, knitting/crochet, and working on my personal blog.  My jewelry is inspired by mid-century nostalgia mixed with gothic Victorian glamour.  I'm the Blogger-In-Chief (a title I just gave myself right this moment). 

I'm Lisa Walbridge and my Etsy shop is merryalchemy where I sell ornate and whimsical handcrafted jewelry inspired by bygone eras, flowers, and fairy tales.  When I'm not making jewelry, I love to read, run, and do boot camp.  I am a recent transplant to the Hudson Valley from Massachusetts.  I live in Beacon and absolutely love the mix of bustling Main Street with the rural beauty of the hills and the river.

Sarah-Maria's been sewing since she was a child. In 2009 she launched her women's clothing line Meerwiibli by Sarah-Maria. Her favorite colors are red, pink and orange and she collects mermaids and black cats. She lives with her husband and their cats Mitzie and Mowgli in a log cabin in Phoenicia, NY.  Sarah-Maria share's the team's schedule every Friday in "Where To Find HV Team"

Neely McCormick lives and works in Suffern, NY in her newly renovated studio that she is gaga over. Formerly a professional in the performing arts, she made the transition to multi-media art as a hobby first, when her son was a toddler and has slowly grown into the work she makes and sells today. She is married to a folk/rock singer/songwriter and has raised a hip hop artisit and has a spectacularly diverse taste in music.

Jody Lee was born in San Francisco and graduated from Academy of Art University in SF. She has worked as an illustrator in the publishing industry for many years. Her art has graced the covers of many well-known authors in children’s books, fantasy and science fiction. She has received numerous awards and her paintings have hung in shows at the Delaware Art Museum and the Society of Illustrators Museum in New York City. Several of her works have been selected to appear in the volumes of “Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.” Jody has always enjoyed other disciplines and crafts, and has been a glassworker for the last ten years.  Jody lives in Westchester County with her husband and children. 

Paula Arwen Friedlander is an illustrator and designer from New York. Her unique illustration style is created with hand cut paper silhouettes, collage, ink, and digital art. She is fascinated with the opposition of darkness and light, and inspired by her surroundings, from the urban world to the natural beauty of the countryside. The subjects of her work range from serene fantasy and nature to dark gothic themes, often inspired by stories, dreams, myths and legends.
Her illustration work has appeared in magazines such as Mythic Delirium, SageWoman and Goblin Fruit. She has illustrated book covers including Mike Allen’s The Wounded One and The Button Bin.  Her cut paper art and greeting cards are available in her Etsy shop.

Becky is a retired physical therapist, living in Poughkeepsie.  She's been painting for 10 years.  Her work includes contemporary folk art and traditional iconography, using acrylics or egg tempera. She enjoys telling stories through her paintings.  Check out her weekly posts "Signs & Guideposts for the Creative Life" every Saturday.
Becky J Nielsen Contemporary Folk Art
Pebbles In The Water

Camera shy....
Shannon Chomanczuk
Susan DiGilio


  1. Hey guys! Love this post... so nice to be able to see everyone's faces alongside your work.

  2. What a fabulous line-up! Loved reading about you all and seeing you. Many thanks to all for making the HVNY blog amazing!

  3. Woo-hoo! Lots of talent here. Thank you all very much for sharing your talents with us - your readers.

  4. What a great post, Marilyn. Looks great and so nice to see the faces and work of my fellow contributors. And thank you for the fun bio. We have a great team of writers, don't you think?

  5. Indeed Neely! That's why I wanted to show us off. :)

  6. Oh darn, i can't believe I forgot to send in my info. Doh. Great article!