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Anna G. Larson, Published March 03 2013

Style Profile: Handmade items influence artist’s style

FARGO - Dana Holscher looks exactly like what she is – an artist.

Holscher owns Botny, a line of hand-drawn jewelry that sells locally at Unglued and also on Etsy.

I spotted Holscher downtown at Babb’s Coffee House wearing a neutral outfit with pops of color from her blue leather necklace and red lipstick.

Describe your style. Artsy/handmade and Anthropologie-inspired – I’m drawn to certain aesthetics of clothing rather than labels.

What are you wearing? A Target T-shirt, Anthropologie khakis, TOMS shoes, lipstick from The Elixery in Minneapolis, earrings by Raine Design (made by Moorhead artist Chelsea Thorson), bracelet by b.haven (a Bismarck artist) and my leather necklace is by arterhaar (Minneapolis artist/company).

Where do you shop? I thrift a lot, and I like Anthropologie, Gap, Target and Proper & Prim (Fargo boutique).

I get accessories from Unglued (Fargo store) and Etsy sellers.

How did you turn your jewelry making into a full-time gig? It was a big, scary leap of faith! I started making the jewelry when I was bored one winter break about three years ago.

I’ve been working for myself full time since October, and my husband really encouraged me to do it.

How many tattoos do you have? Two – one for my cat who suddenly passed away and a feather that I got with my sister.

My husband and I got the “Rossi” tattoo together so we could have some closure after losing our salt-and-pepper tabby cat.

My sister and I are both inspired by nature, so we each got tattoos of our own interpretations of feathers.


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