Tell us a bit about yourself name, location, affiliations, personal stuff:
My name is Teresa Smith Mulkey. I live in El Paso, Arkansas. It is a small central Arkansas community outside of the Cabot – Conway area. We raise and show horses. We also have Corriente cattle. They are a sturdy breed of cattle for roping. We compete in Barrel Racing and Team Roping. I compete in Barrel Racing events and rope at the house for fun. I am a board member of our local Barrel Racing Association. I was one of the featured board members on our Barrel Racing website. This is a family oriented club and we have all ages that compete. We also have events at our arena.
I have been a member of the Arkansas Arts Center since I moved to Arkansas and have been participating in the classes at the Museum School as well. I have been a member of the Aretsy team for some time and have also joined a team for metalsmiths. I am also a member of SNAG. My husband is a farrier. I have two daughters, he has a son and we have five grandkids with two more on the way.
I ride my horses as much as possible. I am competing on a young horse and he needs “lots of wet saddle blankets” to keep him in shape. I am looking forward to a big garden this year as well.
What first made you want to become an artist?
In High School in California I had a jewelry class for an elective. I was so inspired and kept taking the class. My instructor Bob Bass was my mentor and I hope to find him again some day. My grandmother who is 94 was a great influence as well. She is an amazing seamstress and cook. She had a garden and was a desert baker for years. She still cooks for herself, can’t do any crafts because she is now legally
I usually let the materials dictate the design. If I am making a custom piece I might have some guidelines to follow. I will sketch and move stones around until I come up with the design. I have a sketch book in my purse and use scratch paper while at work if a design idea hits me.
I don’t think I have anything that my grandma made, but I have saved some artwork that my girls did when they were young.
Name your top five books, movies, songs/musical groups, and web sites besides Etsy.
I am really addicted to magazines, so I don’t read books much. I do like to look at “coffee table” books on Art & Interior Design, Fashion, and of course Jewelry.
I don’t watch much TV, but I do have a TV with a DVD player in the studio. I will have a movie on for background noise. I also sometimes have “small” metalsmiths working in the studio and they like to watch movies as well.
Here are some favorites:
The Devil Wears Prada
Failure to Launch
The Family Stone
How do you promote your work?
Facebook Teresa Smith Mulkey
I also set up a table at the horseshows that I attend. I make jewelry for my friend at work as well as family members.
What are your favorite things about belonging to AREtsy?
It allows me to be a part of a fantastic and cutting edge group of artisans. You get to meet people all over the world.
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