A few weeks ago I shared a print by Joy Goldstein on Facebook which proved to be quite popular with my followers. So I invited Joy to host a giveaway of that print here on Smitten by Britain. She has generously agreed and has written the post below to tell us a bit more about herself and her business. – Melissa
My name is Joy Goldstein and two years ago I decided to start my own business doing freelance graphic design, commissioned paintings, and selling posters and fine art in my Etsy shop. During that time I was getting quite burned out working for an advertising and marketing agency, and wanted to try something different. My husband and I were also thinking about our future. We both agreed that I would be a stay-at-home mom, while striving to build a small business that satisfies my passion for art and design.
Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, JoyGoldsteinStudio, LLC opened in June 2012. Since then I have learned a great deal and have spent my days wearing many hats, growing the business and expanding my services. One week I am designing a logo or brochure for a client, the next I am in my painting apron with brushes and paint. I find it amazingly satisfying working one-on-one with people, getting to know them, building relationships, and being able to help them with their creative needs. I feel every project is something very special I am privileged to work on.
With my shop on Etsy, I try to create fun, unique and charming posters and designs that will serve as thoughtful gifts, decorations for the home and most importantly bring a smile to many faces. The print that is for this giveaway, “Have A Cup of Tea” stems from my delight in British culture and style.
If you saw me in person, you would probably wonder “Why is this small Filipino lady so into British stuff?” It started out when I was a young girl. People would ask me all the time why my last name was “Wilson” (which is now my middle name; my last name is now Goldstein, which is another funny situation at times).
The story goes that my great-great grandfather, John Parker Wilson, was an Englishman, born on December 22, 1849 in Liverpool, England. He grew up to work as an engineer of steamships, and eventually moved to the Philippines where he established a company for the construction and repair of these vessels. He accepted many jobs from Juan Rodriguez, who owned several ships. My great-great-grandfather fell in love with Rodriguez’s daughter, my great-great grandmother Josefa Rodriguez. They married and then had children who had children, who then had more children in the Philippines. Right before he passed away, he moved to Scotland and spent his last days there. Pretty neat story right?
I have been very lucky to have this information, thanks to one of my relatives who kept track of all our family members and their stories. Heritage and family history in general has always fascinated me. So in part, my British love comes from my own British heritage. The rest just came naturally, my love of travel, history, tea, London, blazers, the movie Braveheart, Downton Abbey, etc.
I think growing up with a mix of cultures, my Filipino culture, American culture, and learning about my family’s past gives me a deep appreciation for all peoples and places. These are all things that continue to inspire me everyday, in my posters and art.
Now at 33 weeks pregnant with a baby girl on the way, my husband and I are looking forward to passing on our history and culture to our daughter, and hopefully for generations to come.
Joy is giving away her “Have a Cup of Tea” 11 x 14 print to one lucky winner on Smitten by Britain.
Here’s how to enter:
1. You must be 18 years old and a resident of the U.S.*
2. You must leave a comment below with your email address. Please make sure this is an email address you check regularly, including the junk mail folder. Otherwise, make sure you follow my blog by newsletter ( sign up here ) or on Facebook , Twitter or Google+ so you don’t miss the winner announcement.)
3. Please share this contest on social media (although not required.)
4. Enter by
Friday, 21 February 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Sorry, this contest is now closed.
The winning entry will be chosen the following Monday.
* Smitten by Britain is a U.S. based website and as such, must abide by sweepstakes laws in the U.S. In order to open a contest worldwide, I would need to follow the different laws of each and every country, which would be an impossible task. Therefore, all contests are now U.S. only.
Disclosure: The artist gave me a copy of this print as a thanks for hosting this giveaway.