Simone Barbe from Silver Palate Feeders
Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
Inspired by her love of gardening and all things vintage, Simone started making birdfeeders out of old silver-plate serving pieces. By transforming a timeless classic, she has given recycled silver and hundreds of southern gardens a new life.
Simone takes each unique find, mounts it on a copper pole, and adorns it with copper vines and hand cut leaves. Each piece is “One of a Kind” and is signed, dated & numbered.
The pieces are used as Birdfeeders, Planters or simply as coveted “Object de Arte” for the garden. invite Silver Palate Feeders into your garden and watch as it discovers a new life of its own.
Simone Barbe, owner and creator of Silver Palate Feeders, is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and now resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. Simone is the mother of two wonderful boys and the wife of a very loving and supportive husband.
In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
My work is well received at Garden Symposiums and Garden Tours and juried art show’s. I prefer face to face selling so I can have a relationship with my clientele. I also do a lot of commission pieces. Families have lot’s of silver plated pieces that have been handed down thru the years but most people don’t use them anymore so they bring me their family heirlooms and I recreate them into art for the garden.
Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
I am looking forward to seeing Breece Bryan. We met at last years show ( I was a shopper) and I ordered a custom pair of earrings from Breece. She has been working on them and will bring them to the show this year. I love the way she combines different metals.
What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
I create best in the Spring in my studio with the doors open. So a combo of indoor and outdoor.
How did you come up with your business name?:
I choose the name Silver Palate Feeders because I use Vintage Silver Plated serving pieces as my beginning point. Each piece was at one time meant for serving food to humans and now will be
used to serve food to birds. So serving birds with Silver Palates.
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:
Talking to other artist’s and go to lot’s of different art venues and see what is going on and what is selling. I love to mentor new talent. Display is very important and I like to share my time with others helping them with presentation.
What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
I get email photo’s of birds eating and nesting in my artwork from my clients. That always makes my day. Love to open an email and see a photo of a bird eating out of one of my creations.
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