Saturday, March 21, 2009

Disconsolator: Interview and Giveaway! (CLOSED)

Disconsolator is an etsy shop that was created by Derrick Velasquez as a method in which to showcase his amazing design talents, perfected while getting a art studio degree at UC Santa Barbara as well as a MFA in sculpture at The Ohio State University. So you can already guess that he is an amazing artist!

His shop is full of amazing handbound journals that are almost too pretty to write in! The covers are really eyecatching, and best of all many of his products are eco-friendly! Definitely an added bonus!! He also has these amazing screened prints in such vibrant colours and designs; they will look awesome in any room!

Here is an interview with the artist:

Name: Derrick Velasquez

Name of shop: http://www.blogger.com/www.disconsolator.etsy.com

Location: Denver, Colorado

Favourite item from your shop: My gold leaf heart journals. It took a while to find an appropriate method to get this to work without leaving marks on the fabric. But I think they look fantastic and will coming out with new designs soon.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I grew up in the central valley of california where there was a bit of agriculture. I was always drawing and crafting my own gifts as a child and eventually went on to earn an art studio degree at UC Santa Barbara. A couple of years later, I went on to graduate school where I got my MFA in sculpture at The Ohio State University. I recently moved to Denver just to get out of the midwest and find the city to be vibrant and full of opportunity.

When and what made you want to open up your shop? I think being in a state of transition and wanting to try new things inspired me to open my etsy shop. I just opened it about three months ago. I'm trying new avenues in my art making as well as trying to learn new skills. I also thought the shop would be a good way to meet local crafters - and this has turned out to be true.

Tell us a little bit more about your creation process: I'm a very processual maker. Within my artwork, I always try new things and don't let doubt get in the way of making. I just make. I'm not going to say I'm a designer - so I have to try about 10 designs before I settle on a new one to print.

Where do you draw inspiration for all your amazing designs? My inspiration comes from my surroundings which change often. I've lived in Portland, San Francisco, Columbus, and now Denver. So seeing different states of being in different parts of the country and actually living in those areas is a point of drawing experience and visual ideation. I also love variation - so I'm just trying to design all the time.

If you could be an animal what would you be and why? At age 10 I would have said bald eagle, I used to draw them all the time and find ways to incorporate them into class projects. Now I would say some kind of bird, perhaps a swallow. The air up there is one of the most free places to be now.

If you could have one super power what would it be and why? Stopping and restarting time for sure. Sometimes you just need a breather!

The Giveaway:

Derrick was so awesome to offer someone an amazing prize package that includes a small journal ($7.50) as well as a print ($25) that is so exclusive it’s not even in his own shop!! What a great prize package ($32.50)!


How to Enter:

1) Go to Derrick’s etsy shop and comment on your most favourite item for one entry!
2) If you become a new follower you get four more entries
3) If you are currently a follower you get six more entries (Yay for being loyal blog followers!)
4) If you post my button on your blog you get five extra entries
5) If you blog about this contest and include a link you gain five more entries
6) Go visit Derricks’s blog and leave him some blog love, you get two extra entries
7) If you buy anything from his shop you get ten additional entries
8) If you enter any of my current giveaways held on my blog, you can get one entry for each contest you enter! Make sure you let me know which ones you entered!

Wow that’s a lot of entries you can receive! And please have a way for me to contact you!! If your email is on your blog profile that will also work! If you are entering more than once you only have to give me your email in one comment...that way you don't have to put it on all of them, to save you a bit of time! =)

The contest will run until April 11th!

111 comments:

AmandaSue said...

Pink Flower Pattern - Eco Friendly Journal - Handmade - 5 in X 7 in- is beautiful, I love the flower patterns and the pink/red colours on the white is really nice. Thanks for entering me!
unforgetable_dreamer_always (AT) hotmail.com

AmandaSue said...

I'm a current follower thanks!

AmandaSue said...

I left Derrick a comment on his blog. (the post with the bridges)

AmandaSue said...

I entered the 3 Dirty Dawgz Giveaway thanks.

RockerJewlz said...

Cicada - Journal Eco Friendly - Organic fabric - 5 in X 7 in

RockerJewlz said...

I am a follower

RockerJewlz said...

Left Derrick some blog love!

Evelien D said...

I love the Fixed Gear Hand Screened Journals. Those different coloured bicycles are amazing!
Thanks for entering me in this giveaway!

Koekoeksdozeke AT hotmail DOT com

Kate said...

i love the Pink Flower Pattern - Eco Friendly Journal - Handmade - 5 in X 7 in!!

glittergurl04 @hotmail.com

Kate said...

i entered the 3 dirty dawgz giveaway!

Kate said...

i entered the lara lewis giveaway!

Kate said...

i left derrick some blog love!!

Kate said...

i entered the giveaway for the heart necklace!

Kate said...

i subscribe to you through google reader!

AJ said...

My favorite is the Gold Leaf Heart Moleskine Journal Cahier ( :

A_C_E_@hotmail.com

The Dreamer said...

i like the blue and red journal

addeviant006 at gmail dot com

Erica said...

ooo wow i love Fixed Gear Hand Screened Journals!!

erica
erica_love @hotmail.com

Erica said...

I entered your 3 dirty dawgz giveaway

Erica said...

I gave Derrick some blog love!!

Erica said...

I entered the lara lewis giveaway!

Erica said...

I entered the kristin giveaway!!

Erica said...

I'm a follower via google reader!

Chris C said...

I love this one! The Medium Format Camera - Eco Friendly - Handmade Journal - 3.5 in X 5.5 in (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22646367).

danunepthys(at)hotmail(dot)com

Chris C said...

Existing follower! (via RSS)

danunepthys(at)hotmail(dot)com

Chris C said...

Commented on Derrick's blog!

danunepthys(at)hotmail(dot)com

Chris C said...

Commented on Derrick's blog!

danunepthys(at)hotmail(dot)com

Chris C said...

Entered Lara Lewis giveaway!

danunepthys(at)hotmail(dot)com

Chris C said...

Entered {sweeter than me} giveaway!

danunepthys(at)hotmail(dot)com

CathyH said...

I love the Cicada - Journal Eco Friendly. Derricks's work is beautifully done.

CathyH said...

I follow

CathyH said...

Left Derrick some blogger love

Mommy Daisy said...

I really like the Birds and trees - Eco Friendly Journal.

Jill said...

I like the bicycle journals.

He is talented!

jill.watkins@gmail.com

Jill said...

I am a current follower.

jill.watkins@gmail.com

Jill said...

I left him some blog love- actually I think he might think I am stalking him. I asked to move in! His studio is beautiful.

jill.watkins@gmail.com

Jill said...

I entered Kristins giveaway!

jill.watkins@gmail.com

Laura said...

I really like the Green Flower Handmade Hardcover Blank Journal!

I linked to this contest in my blog, and added some links to his site and such as well!

Aik said...

I love the GOLD LEAFED Perfect Little Heart - Handmade Blank Journal!

aikychien@yahoo.com

Aik said...

I'm currently a follower. #1

Aik said...

I'm currently a follower. #2

Aik said...

I'm currently a follower. #3

Aik said...

I'm currently a follower. #4

Aik said...

I'm currently a follower. #5

Aik said...

I'm currently a follower. #6

Aik said...

I have your button on my blog. #1

http://aik-friendsnfamily.blogspot.com

Aik said...

I have your button on my blog. #2

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Aik said...

I have your button on my blog. #3

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Aik said...

I have your button on my blog. #4

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Aik said...

I have your button on my blog. #5

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Aik said...

I left a comment in his Untitled March post. #1

Aik said...

I left a comment in his Untitled March post. #2

Aik said...

I entered the "Lucy's Friend: Giveaway and Interview".

Aik said...

I entered the "{sweeter than me} designs: Interview and Giveaway!"

aikychien@yahoo.com

Astra said...

I'm a new follower ( :

nicki said...

i am a google reader!!

glamorchick_007 @hotmail.com

Nicki said...

i entered your lucy friend's giveawya!

Nicki said...

i entered your kristen giveaways!

Nicki said...

i love all his journals!!

Splendid Little Stars said...

I'm a follower (new)!

Splendid Little Stars said...

So much to like!
I'll choose this becaue I like to ride my bike:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=20886092

Splendid Little Stars said...

I left a comment on Derrick's blog.

Alexandra said...

I love the blue elephant journal. It's so adorable!

Alexandra said...

New follower on google reader!

Alexandra said...

Commented on Derrick's blog.

oona. said...

I love the Mason Jar print and the little Japanese Animals journal, cuteness abounds!

Thanks! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

oona. said...

I am a new follower!

Thanks! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

noreen said...

Birds and trees - Eco Friendly Journal - Handmade - 3.5 in X 5 in

Elsie said...

OO love the Cicada - Journal Eco Friendly - Organic fabric - 5 in X 7 in!!

elsieo@hotmail.com

Elsie said...

i follow u on google reader!

Elsie said...

i entered your lucy giveaway!

Elsie said...

i entered your kristin giveaway!

Anonymous said...

My daughter is going to camp this year and I would really love to give her the deer & mushroom journal to take with her!!
Zoe0825@verizon.net

sarah crawford said...

I love the Birds and Trees eco friendly journal.


sarahbcrawford(at)gmail(dot)com

sarah crawford said...

I am a new follower!

sarahbcrawford(at)gmail(dot)com

sarah crawford said...

I also entered the "Sweeter Than Me" designs contest.

sarahbcrawford(at)gmail(dot)com

Kat said...

I love the Medium Format Camera Handmade Journal! I just bought myself a Nikon D90, and I'm really getting into photography!

Kat
photo.chic.kat(at)gmail.com

xdancer said...

all/any of the gold leaf heart notebooks -- bootiful.

xdancer on etsy

Starryphate said...

I really like the GOLD LEAFED Perfect Little Heart - Handmade Blank Journal!

Ashley said...

Barcode America shirt- is my favorite

ashlomb at yahoo dot com

Ashley said...

Commented on Derricks blog- "2nd Quarter Review"


(1st entry)
ashlomb at yahoo dot com

Ashley said...

Commented on Derricks blog- "2nd Quarter Review"


(2nd entry)
ashlomb at yahoo dot com

Sasha222 said...

Love the blue elephant journal

Sasha222 said...

New follower (1)

Sasha222 said...

New follower (2)

Sasha222 said...

New follower (3)

Sasha222 said...

New follower (4)

Sasha222 said...

Have your button!

Rajee said...

Love the pink flower pattern
rajikarthik@hotmail.com

Jodi said...

I love the Fixed Gear Hand Screened Journals. Great color and print! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Jodi said...

I'm a current follower!

vickie said...

i love this because i am a photographer
Medium Format Camera - Eco Friendly - Handmade Journal - 3.5 in X 5.5 in vbarton24 at gmail dot com

vickie said...

im a new follower vbarton24 at gmail dot com

vickie said...

i added your button to my blog

http://vickiescontestblog.blogspot.com/


vbarton24 at gmail dot com

kat c. said...

The journals are amazing. I especially like the Paper Cranes - Eco Friendly Handmade Journal - 3.5 in X 5.5 in

katch05 at gmail dot com

vickie said...

i blogged about it

http://vickiescontestblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/awesome-contest.html

vbarton24 at gmail dot com

vickie said...

i went and comment on his blog as vickie vbarton24 at gmail dot com

Lilly said...

The GOLD LEAFED Perfect Little Heart - Handmade Blank Journal is my favorite.

kathemc(at)gmail(dot)com said...

I love the catfish journal -- esp the contrast of colors and the way the image wraps around the cover!

kathemc(at)gmail(dot)com said...

posted a comment oh derrick's blog as kat-heel-well, on the post "2nd quarter review"

kathemc(at)gmail(dot)com said...

added you to my google reader -- does that count?

The King Family said...

I hope we win! I would love the photographer's journal.

www.theyouandmeshow.com

demmi said...

the Fixed Gear Hand Screened Journals con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

Kindershop said...

Love the Deer and Mushroom Journal - Eco Friendly - 3.5 in X 5.5 in. Too cute. Would be perfect for jotting down new clothing pattern ideas;-)

Amanda's Sunshine said...

I like the Pink Flower Pattern - Eco Friendly Journal - Handmade - 5 in X 7 in.

Amanda's Sunshine said...

I like the Pink Flower Pattern - Eco Friendly Journal - Handmade - 5 in X 7 in.

Carol W. said...

I really like the Fixed Gear hand-screened journal. It makes me want to jump on a bicycle (with a helmet, of course!)

wolfcarol451 at gmail dot com

Carol W. said...

I left a comment on Derrick's March 16th blog entry.

wolfcarol451 at gmail dot com

Carol W. said...

I left a comment on Derrick's March 16th blog entry.

wolfcarol451 at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

the birds and trees journal is so adorable!

sundaygirl at gmail dot com

The Giveaway Diva said...

this giveaway is now closed! thank you for entering and don't forget to enter my other giveaways! =)

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