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monica photoMonica (nickname Mocki, thus her Etsy shop name 'MockiDesigns') is a New York based Designer who received her degree in Fashion Design and Illustration at Anders Beckmans School of Advertising and Fashion Design in Stockholm Sweden. Her love for art goes back further than she can remember; however, she does recall being sent to an art class at the age of 4. She loved all the fun supplies and colors that she didn't have at home! By the age of 7, she was sewing clothes, and over time she got into drawing, painting, sculpture, pottery, designing, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and decorating. As long as she’s creating, she’s happy.

She worked for 25 years as an Illustrator/ Commercial artist in advertising, publishing and fashion in Sweden and in New York. Since 1999, she’s been concentrating on designing and making fun, whimsical and unique jewelry. Her inspirations come from many different decades, but she especially loves the Shabby Chic/Romantic/Boho and Steampunk styles.

monica 4Many of Monica’s pieces can be classified as assemblage art, which is the act of recycling and repurposing. Fundamentally, it is accomplished by taking something that is broken (or without use in its current form) and putting it together with other found objects to create a piece of art. Monica uses assemblage methods to create jewelry that is both whimsical and beautiful. Her Steampunk jewelry is a mix of Victorian Romanticism combined with the beginning of the Industrial Age (she says this goes perfectly well with her personality – a mix of ‘romantic’ and ‘rocker’).

One thing that really impressed me about Monica was the set of rave reviews she had in her Etsy shop – here’s just one example.

“As amazing as this GORGEOUS necklace looks online, actually having it and touching it and staring at it continuously was so much more than I expected. with all of the various textures and bead work, and special little surprises that were not really visible online! As if this was not a treat in itSELF, the box holding this amazing work of art was SO BEAUTIFULLY decorated!!! Tied up with a silky red ribbon, and little rosebuds and paper lace - I was so happy that I could slip the ribbon off without having to cut it, because the box itself is a gift, and worthy of being displayed! And you might find a few extra treats in the package! Receiving this beautifully wrapped gift box that held such an intricate necklace was like Christmas to me! And the artist is just as wonderful as her art/jewelry! Such a pleasure in ALL respects!”

monica 2Any of us selling on Etsy could learn from this. You always read that you must DELIGHT your customers, and Monica clearly does this, and so effectively!

You can see more of her amazing pieces here at her Etsy Shop, MockiDesigns

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+1 # Brenda Sue 2015-12-24 19:12
Just want to say, I love you, dear Mocki, you are a brilliant artist and it is so wonderful to know you! May all your creative dreams come true! XOXO B'sue
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+1 # Monica Rangne 2015-12-24 19:18
You did such a great job Sheila, thank you so much for your time and effort to put this together! xoxo Mocki
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0 # somclaughlin 2015-12-25 19:18
You are most welcome, and Thank YOU, Mocki! Love your work! Happy Holidays!
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0 # Renee Hong 2015-12-26 00:43
Great article, Sheila! Mocki is truly a beautiful person and such an inspiration. Her jewelry always amazes me with her creative use of components and fantastic designs! Her Etsy shop is definitely a treat for the eyes!
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0 # Somclaughlin 2015-12-26 00:52
Thank you, Renee!
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0 # Beth Trubman 2015-12-26 02:07
Such a lovely article for a truly lovely person. Mocki is a fabulous artist, and I can only aspire to be 1/10th as creative as she is!
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0 # Shari Gardner 2015-12-26 03:28
A wonderful article Sheila. Since joining B'Sue Boutiques Creative Group on FaceBook last Spring, Mocki has been so encouraging to me with her positive comments. Her work is amazing and I am aspiring to be as good as she is. A picture of something she created can get posted in the group and without even seeing a name attached, we know its hers.
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0 # Ellen W Gonchar 2015-12-28 18:21
Such a wonderful article about a fabulous and so deserving jewelry artisan..Mocki Range. I have always been in awe of her magnificent and intricate designs and her readiness to lend a helping hand to whomever asks. Congratulations Mocki!!!
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0 # Somclaughlin 2015-12-28 19:39
Thank you, Ellen!
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