The things that go bump in the night are what inspires Stacy Salmon of Freakshow Follies (www.freakshowfollies.etsy.com). Her creativity is also piqued by “the things we thought we saw out of the corner of our eye, and the many things that haunt us happy.” Stacy began creating her unique jewelry about a year and a half ago after being gifted some jewelry making supplies. She threw her fears aside and “it was like a bomb going off in my head and now I can’t stop. I wanted to make jewelry I couldn’t find, the freaky little things that made me smile.” Stacy opened her Etsy shop in September 2012.
When asked to summarize her work, Stacy replied, “I create unusual jewelry for unusual people. I work mostly in an epoxy resin medium. I also use altered art and hand paint some of the pieces in my shop. Most of what I create is for people that love things that are freaky and creepy and fun! I make my pieces original because I don’t just place images in a bezel and cover it with resin. These pieces are embellished with hand painting and glittered accents. I also use other objects, even insects to create my pieces. I believe in giving people a way to let their inner freak peek! The things listed in my shop are little chips of my own inner freak to share with others and allows them to find items they can identify with. Custom orders are my favorite! That gives me a chance to help someone express their inner freak. I listen well so that I can best make the piece to reflect just what they wanted it to. I pride myself on that!”
The self-taught artist was a creative child, but life got in the way. Stacy overcame her fears and is proud of her accomplishments. “I never thought that after winning some art competitions in junior high school that I could pick up a paintbrush and do anything with it after all these years (about 25 years), but I found some courage to try.” Stacy’s leap of faith is already paying off. “My work has been featured 4 times in the last 2 months as the jewelry design of the week for Cousin Corporation of America. They use a picture of my design as their header page on Facebook during the featured weeks. I was so tickled to be chosen so many times in a short period of time. It’s like bringing normalville to the freakshow and watching their little freaks peek for the first time.”
Stacy is a Virginia Beach native who relocated to Clearwater 20 years ago. She and her husband have been married for 20 years and have 2 sons ages 17 and 20. “My favorite girl is my little Chihuahua that sits on my lap while I work. I work from home on the computer for our local shopping TV network as a personal shopper. I help people find the things they don’t really need but can’t live without.”