Saturday, April 2, 2011

What's in a Name?

You've found me, here at Blue Sand Studio. You see that I'm an artist: I make jewelry, I sell it on Etsy, I paint, I live in Florida. But why Blue Sand Studio? Why not just call my site after my name?

Here was my thought process. I'm in the business of creating jewelry and selling it. But I also make artist books, Artist trading cards, paintings, and use all kinds of mixed media. What might I make in the future? Who knows. That was my first thought: don't pick a name that restricts me to one thing.

Why not use my own name then? Because I'm an artist, and my work gets done in a studio. It's a physical place, but also metaphorically, it's a place where I can plan and think about many things. I can introduce other artists on my blog through artist interviews (such as these interviews with Kecia Deveney and Jenni Adkins Horne). I can review books (check out what I thought of Poemcrazy). I can inspire you with my surroundings.

But I always want you to know that I'm an artist, I embrace others' art, and I want to promote myself and others. To me, that means studio -- a place where I can create art and others embrace art.

Why Blue Sand? I wanted something that reflected my beach roots in Florida.

I first thought of "Silver Sand," which would reflect my use of silver in my jewelry. I rejected that because Silver Sand as a google search gives you tons of links to hotels, and I didn't want to restrict it to just jewelry. I chose "Blue Sand," because blue is my favorite color. Dumb, but that's how I got it. There you have the evolution of my business name, Blue Sand Studio.

Care to tell me the origin of your blog or business name?


Ryan said...

wow you really thought deeply about naming your site (unlike myself). Keep up the good work.

K.C. Woolf said...

I love the name. Also, from the pictures I've seen here, it gives the right vibe for your artwork. It just fits.

Carole Anne Carr said...

Lovely blog, lovely jewelery.

Jerri Schlenker said...

Great post. Nice to meet a fellow artist. I'm a weaver, not anymore for business, but did for over twenty years have a studio.

Laura said...

Beautiful name - I love your work and the thinking behind it. "Daily dodo" - hmmm... something daily that is extinct / obsolete - or maybe I just liked the sound of it :)

Gregg said...

Very nice name and very good explanation. I was on a buisness trip when I read a blog by John Piper's son Abraham listing six reasons why a pastor should write a blog. I thought the six reasons were accurate and I thought what the heck I can do a blog if I tried hard enough. So I decided to become a blogger. When it came to the name I wanted something to do with discipleship and I wanted something to kind of get in the face of the "purpose driven craze" I don't like the Purpose Driven Life, etc.

So, Gospel-driven Disciples was born! Been bloggin ever since.

Good post and thanks for inviting me to share the name of my blog with you.
Gregg Metcalf
Colossians 1:28-29

Gospel-driven Disciples

Murugi Njehia said...

You have a lovely blog, and your images are stunning! I am a new follower.

Anonymous said...

Another new follower here - I love your blog and your work - and it also looks like we share a love of the beach. My own blog name ( was inspired by a quote which really spoke to me about finding your place in the world :)

Deborah said...

I'm more of an observer here on your blog. I've always had a keen respect for artists and wished I were one. I'm creative, but in different ways.

My blog started in my head as something so totally different than what it's become and that may or may not be a good thing.

So Fashion Plate was born.

I love lurking here! And commenting of course. :)