Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Spotlight: Nissa Clothing

Dale's story is one that I know so many of you reading this can relate to, which is why I was so excited to share it. She has always been artistically inclined. As a child, she loved to draw, paint and even designed outfits. She was always encouraged in her artistic pursuits, but only as a hobby, so never thought seriously about pursuing the creative life until later on.

For many years, Dale was stuck in unfulfilling jobs because she had always been told to be practical and that she would never be able to make a living in the arts. The turning point finally came when a soul sucking job from hell forced her to say ‘enough'! That’s when she got serious about finding a way to make a living doing her art full time and Nissa was born.

Read on to learn more about where she finds her inspiration, what her shop name means and what her favorite junk food is. You can also enter to win a beautiful shirt from her shop!

Where are you from originally and where do you currently call home?
I’m originally from Thunder Bay in northern Ontario, Canada, and I now live an hour north of Toronto in a converted cottage by a lake

How long have you been selling on Etsy?
I’ve been selling on Etsy since 2007

Do you sell on Etsy full time or do you have a day job?
I have been on Etsy full time for the past 2 years, no more day jobs I hope!

What, if any, formal training have you had in the arts?
I haven’t had any real formal training in the arts, (other than some courses at a local art gallery as a kid) but I have taken courses in Photoshop, Illustrator and Web Design.

How did you come up with your shop name?
I chose the name Nissa after doing a search on the Internet for unique names. I liked the fact that the name has a happy, positive meaning, it’s a Scandinavian word meaning friendly elf or fairy. The strong visuals conjured up by that image also helped me to create my logo; the winged ‘N’ was largely inspired by the fairy concept.

What inspires you?
I was lucky to grow up with summers on the lake which helped me to develop an appreciation for nature, and that’s why so many of my designs are inspired by nature. This summer, I’ve really been into the birds and the bees.

What do you like least about your craft?
Taking pictures of my creations! I love + appreciate photography done by others, the problem is, I suck at it. I hope that this will improve with time, I’m working on it…

Do you have any advice for other sellers or those thinking about pursuing their craft?
Don’t give up! Be persistent + believe in yourself + your work! It can be tough and it may be slow for awhile, there are definitely challenges in getting your stuff out there, but I believe that it is absolutely worth it in order to pursue what you really love!

Five Etsy Shops you love
So hard to choose!

Where is the coolest place you have ever been?
Rome – so rich with history and great art and architecture, not to mention incredible food and wine - I’ll never forget it!

What is your favorite leisure time activity?
My favourite leisure activity is reading. Right now I am reading “Keeping the Bees” by Laurence Packer, a Canadian biology professor and conservationist, about why all bees, (not just honeybees) are essential to our food supply and the environment

Favorite junk food
Deep fried Mars bars, which originated in Scotland (where they deep fry everything, including pizza!). You can get them in Canada at an amazing restaurant in Montreal called Garde Manger.

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, with whom would it be?
Margherita Missoni, because she is supported by her incredible, tight knit family (no pun intended) and is surrounded by endless creativity and beauty.

Share some of your favorite music
Some of my favourite music right now includes Goldfrapp’s dreamy, ethereal ‘Headfirst’ and Loretta Lynn’s ‘Van Lear Rose’, her collaborative effort with Jack White, formerly of the White Stripes. I especially like their song “Portland, Oregon” - I drove my boyfriend crazy with that song!

What does the future hold for you and your shop?
I hope to increase awareness and sales for Nissa, and I’d like to include even more organics in my line. I’d also like to figure out a way to use my creativity to help others.

Dale is offering one lucky winner their choice of either her white honeybee tee, purple swallows tee or white goldfinch tee.

Please leave a comment on this post with your favorite piece from Nissa along with what other styles of shirts you'd like to see — V neck, scoop neck, sleeve length, colors, etc!

You may enter once per day and
YOU MUST INCLUDE your first name -AND- etsy username or email address with every entry. (If you are worried about email spam, you can spell out the 'at' and 'dot' rather than using the standard email format.)

Receive additional entries (one each) if you:
Follow or subscribe to this blog, my Twitter or my Facebook
(You DO NOT need to leave separate comments for additional entries, just list which apply)

You have until Monday, July 4 at 10 pm (est) to enter and I will announce the winner Tuesday, July 5. Thanks for visiting!


Mruna Mistry said...

Love the owl tees!
I think adding hoodies would be great!
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KristaR said...

I really like the white honeybee T. I love the birds in your shop - I am also a fan of trees.

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Peg said...

These are all lovely. I think I like the organic swallow tee the best, and I'd love to see some 3/4 sleeve tees, especially in a cotton/lycra blend. I'd love to see a big, elegant bird like an egret, too.

Thanks for hosting the giveaway, Nicole!

For an extra entry, I follow your blog.

Best, Peg
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balanced. said...

oh my, what a lovely shop! my favourite is actually the goldfinch tee, so unique!
I would love to see some long sleeve tees, it seems impossible to find these on Etsy.

Thanks so much for this fab opportunity!

I also...
subscribe to your blog
follow you on twitter and FB. :)

florentina said...

i like the goldfinch in a scoop neck. white is cool!

Marija said...
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Marija said...

My favorite is the Goldfinch Love tee! I'd love to see more color choices- some pastels would be especially nice.

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Mer said...

Purple Organic Owl T! thanks for the opportunity! Meredith dot Targarona at Gmail dot com

Mer said...

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Jus and Kat said...

My favorite item is the Swallows - Faith, Hope & Charity Tee. Would love to see some 3/4 sleeve tee in the shop.

Berendina said...

My favorite piece from the shop is the Purple Organic Owl T.The detailed put into these illustrations are beauitful and unique.

I would love to see some long sleeve shirts and some v-necks. Plus I think some elegant colors like sky blues,reds or lighter purples would be great.I would love to see a mystical fairy along with nature on a tee shirt one day :).

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Stacey said...

The honeybee tee is my fave! So simple and beautiful! I would love to see some greens in this collection. I think an emerald green or sea green background would be lovely.


Anonymous said...

organic owl tea, natural

brighter colors


Amber said...

The summer peach honey bee tee is my favorite! I would love to see a horse tee :)
Thank you for the giveaway :)

Amber said...

Oh, and I forgot to mention but I follow our blog with google friend connect and like you on Facebook too - my FB name is Amanda Moore
Thank you for the giveaway :)

wizardewu said...

I like the Honey Bee Tee the most. I would like to see more v-neck shirts with cap sleeves.

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Vicki S said...

I love the Purple Organic Owl T & I would like to see some tanks!

Vicki S.
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Vicki S said...

I "like" u on FB, my FB name is Vicki Sh.

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Vicki S said...

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ElfRenee said...

My favorite is the mermaid!!! And 3/4 sleeves would be awesome, and definitely v neck.


ElfRenee said...

Oh, sorry, I forgot to add:

I follow your blog!

And I follow you on Twitter! (@ElfRenee)

(I don't have Facebook.)

Katarzyna said...

My favorite is Organic Owl!
I think more colours would be nice :)


Katarzyna said...

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Twitter follower (@Kaziutka)


Roni said...

I love the Pink Honeybee shirt
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Roni said...

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Meenoo said...

I love her honeybee tshirt the best--so pretty and unique. I would like to see more scoop neck and V neck tshirts, since I only wear those necklines.
Etsy username: minoubazaar

Jessica said...

oooh, I LOVE LOVE the Honeybee tee! I'd love to see these designs in a size or two larger than 'large'! I wear an xxl and no one seems to carry that on Etsy unless it's a tye dye! It seems pointless to leave my email since I can't wear these, but sweetsweetjd at gmail.com

additionally, you do NOT suck at taking product shots! These look great and feature your designs perfectly! :-) Jessica Dubach

Jel said...

i love the Surfer Girl Tee, Light Pink, Long Sleeve <3


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Jel said...

oops, forgot to mention in prev comment.
i follow you on twitter as @jelaiii_x


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sirentattoo said...

I like the mermaid tee!

...I think hoodies or vests would be awesome...or scarves?
Dagmar B.
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Dovile said...

I like the Pink Honeybee T, Size XS (Unisex).
I'd like to see more tees with V-necks, and also more color choices, like black, grey, red, blue etc.

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Dovile said...

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Mary Rebecca said...

The Mermaid tee is awesome and I think could work nicely on a v-neck. I'm a sucker for v-necks ;D

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gardenofmoi said...

I love the goldfinch tee! I'd love it in a swoop neck. :)

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Anonymous said...

my favorite is the HoneyBee Tee
Red or yellow tees I think might be nice

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Crystal said...

The tees are so pretty! i also like vnecks and hoodies(zipper hoodies are great and the picture could be on the back)I like the Mermaid tee a lot Silver on a black tshirt would be cool.
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CHONG said...

I love the mermaid tee!
Hoodies would be a great addition! :)

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CHONG said...

I am also a follower of your blog!

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craftink said...

I prefer the Honey Bee Tee.

I would love to see more purple tees

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h. mcnaron said...

Boat neck and racer back tanks are other ideas!
I like organic green owl best.
hmcnaron at gmail

Angie said...

I love the Goldfinch and would love to see more chocolate brown colors, plus in tank styles (spaghetti, racer).

rennieangie at gmail dot com

KZ said...

I live the mermaid tee :)

It could be a cool idea to do hoodies and tote bags too.


Diana Dang said...

my fave it Mermaid Tee in Silver Glitter, Light Gray, Size Medium O/S and would like to see vnecks!

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Diana Dang said...

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Jo said...

V neck shirts in a jersey material would be awesome!

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Crystal said...

i also think the Surfer Tee is cute.
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Tirabaralla said...

Hello and Ty for the opportunity!
My fave is the purple Owl t-shirt and I would like to see 3/4 sleeves! :)


Tirabaralla said...

I am now following you here on the blog, on FB and on Twitter! Thanks again!

Ashley said...

I like the Green Eyed Owl Tee and I'd love to see V-neck in her shop with maybe a teal or pink shirt?


gustosa giveaways said...

my favorite is Surfer Girl Tee
i'd like to see a turtle neck style

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Kaytee said...

I love the Owl! I would definitely like to see some v necks :)
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Silver said...

Purple Organic Owl T love it, if it is v neck, is pretty good

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Sarah L said...

The Honybee Tee is so cute.

I am a huge fan of 3/4 and elbow sleeve shirts, those would be great.


moonsword said...

Beautiful designs! The Purple Organic Owl T is my favorite although I like men's/unisex tees better than women's/slimfit. An organic hoodie version would be very cool too! In black or deep blue.
Love the interview...very inspiring. Best of luck to you!

Diana said...

The organic owl is definitely my fav design! I'd love to see some tank tops, or even some classy white shirts featured :) Green is a lovely base color too!
(Liking you on FB too :D)

elaine said...

I like the peach honeybee tee. I would like to see some 3/4 sleeve tees in the colors soft blue,soft yellow and pale orange.

Elaine R

Crystal said...

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Heavensent1 said...

My favourite it the mermaid tee...I'd choose the goldfinch tee and I like v necks with short sleeves in green...heavensent1@yahoo dotcom

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AmbreRose said...

I really like the honeybee, that is a cute shirt. I like longer sleeves like all the way or 3/4 sleeves. As for the neck line I kind of like a scoop neck. ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

puffpastryshop said...

My fave is the honey bee tee. I'd love to see pale mint green; it's one of my favorite colors.
Etsy name: puffpastry

Dale said...

Thanks everybody for the feedback, I really appreciate it, it's very helpful!

So far, I'm noticing that you would like to see more long +
3/4 sleeves, more scoop + v-necks, + more color choices, plus more tanks + hoodies.

I can't wait to see who wins the giveaway! (@Jessica Dubach - hey Jessica, if you win, I would love to do a tee for you in your size:)

mframe said...

I love the Mermaid Tee in Silver Glitter, Light Gray, Size Medium O/S.
I would love to see sweatshirts and tanktops

Lisa said...

It's not what I usually go for, but I really like the honey bee pattern.
V necks work for everyone, but what about some sleeveless shirts (not tank tops) for summer?

gustosa giveaways said...

i'd like to see this Goldfinch Love T shirt in pink

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Rachel said...

Such pretty shirts! The ones featuring swallows are my favorites.

I'm always looking out for tees with square necks and cap sleeves, and rarely find them; I'd love to see some in these designs.

umbranominis at gmail dot com.

Crystal said...

daily entry 6/27
i think purple shirts would be cute

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tjmetz said...

My favorite piece is the purple organic owl tee and i would love to see more scoop necks

Also a blog follower

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Alyssa said...

My favorite is the white honeybee tee, it's just too cute! I love it!

I think that V-neck would be good for her to do... I love those!

I subscribed to your blog and "liked" you on Facebook.


oksana said...

I love Honey Bee Tee and I would love to see more oversized
T-shirts styles that gives a figure better looks esp if the person is not very slim :-)
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Crystal said...

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rosewendy said...

The honey bees t-shirt is gorgeous. What amazing paintings you do!
I prefer vee necked tee shirts. Short sleeves for summer, Long for winter

rosewendy said...

I am subscribed to your blog

SweetShenanigans said...

I love the Surfer Girl Tee, Light Pink, Long Sleeve, Size Medium O/S and I'm really into 3/4 length sleeves.
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Crystal said...

Daily Entry 7/2
Happy Holiday Weekend!!

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KaceyD. said...

I love the honey bee tee, it is perfect for my best friend Brittany, aka Bee, whose birthday happens to be around the corner.

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Royce said...

i like this
thanks fort he giveaway..

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Royce said...

i like to wear ...light colour tee, with a colored neck

i follow your blog .. royce david

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Royce said...

i subscribe to your blog

i follow you on fb and twitter

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lilDdownunder said...

I love the Honey Bee tshirt because it reminds me of my parents, whom I don't get to see very often, because the last time I visited them they got a hive of bees delivered and are now avid beekeepers and I can't wait to try their first batch of honey!


kiddo said...

I love the Honey Bee Tee, White. I'd like to see brighter colors, like turquoise and red.

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kiddo said...

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Egle said...

i like Honey Bee Tee, White. It is very nice and clean.
I would also love to see some sleeveless tank tops. And black t-shirts with nice design would look good.

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Jacqueline said...

the pink honeybee t is my fav. i'd like to see some 3/4 length sleeve tops :)
i follow on twitter

katja9_10 said...

I love the Summer Peach Honeybee shirt. I also love gray short sleeve shirts.

Anonymous said...

I have to say it's the owl tee for me, too. I'd love to see a few in larger sizes, as I buy for a few folks who are beyond XL. (But it might be that carrying larger sizes is risky as far as inventory control, I don't know.)

I liked on Facebook, as well.

Thanks for this opportunity!