Sunday, March 23

*FEATURED ARTIST of the week* ~~Michelle Alynn~~

1. What do you create?

My main focus is papercrafts and cards, but I've also been doing a lot of felt plush toys, like polaroid cameras and octopuses. I also plan on putting some fun paintings/collages up in my store and scrapbooking products like stamps, paper tags, patterned paper, and digital scrapbooking supplies, as well. I am a scrapbooker/sewing fiend/animator all day everyday, so I really just make whatever strikes me at any particular free moment and add it to the shoppe!

2. What led you to take up your craft?

When I was little, I regularly went to crafty classes thanks to my mom; my little sister and I were always sewing, painting ceramics or porcelain dolls, even scrapbooking almost every week with for as long as I can remember I've been creating! I'm so happy my creative mom took us to classes and encouraged us to learn and hone our skills.

3. Which part of your work do you most enjoy?

I enjoy thinking up new concepts and figuring out how to execute them and make them work the way I envision them in my head. I also love coming across mistakes or things that don't work out so well as I work; I love those accidental errors that end up being happy accidents in the end.

4. Which part do you find hardest?

I find it the hardest to buckle down and focus on one thing - to see a project through from start to finish. Usually as I work, I get 50 more ideas and they seem cool, too, so I want to start new projects, which means I end up with the beginnings of 51 projects and nothing completed. It's hard for me to pick one thing and finish it before moving on to the next!

5. Where do you get your inspiration?

I get a lot of inspiration from films - movies like "The Science of Sleep", "Amelie", "Juno"

...I also love Edward Gorey, Tim Burton, Dr. Suess, anything old-school Disney. I am inspired after flipping through a home decor magazine, a scrapbooking magazine, a browse through my favorite local indie paper shops. Antique stores, too! Inspiration is all around us daily, it's a matter of what you choose to draw from and take in and use to get an idea moving.

6. Do you participate in any etsy groups, and if so, which ones?

I don't yet, I'm fairly new to Etsy; still trying to learn the ropes! =)

7. What's one material your shop can't live without?

Hmm. Right now, I'd have to say paper...because it's mostly cards. Felt is also vital!

8. What is your favorite item that you have purchased off of Etsy?

I haven't been able to buy much of anything I love just yet, but I did buy some lovely Scalloped Journalling cards from FoxyCropper the other day!

9. If I could sell one item from my shop today, it would be...

The Felt Point n' Shoot Camera is looking for a home...=) Everything on it is hand-embroidered and hand-stitched, and it has a working strap; perfect for kids to play with! I made one around Christmas for a friend and my little brother almost adopted it, he loved it so much!!

10. If I had enough money to pick one item on my wishlist from any shop on etsy to buy, it would be...

I really love this Punk Sock Monkey from siansburys. It's so hard to choose just one thing, though!

11. What are the top three favorite items currently listed in your store?

The Felt Camera,

Set of 3 Felt Donuts,

and the "Owl Are You" Card.

They're my favorites!

12. What undiscovered artisans would you recommend the world to know?

I don't quite know if they're undiscovered, but some of my favorites are:

Kurt Halsey,

turtlepapers, donniewrights (,
Elles Studio,

...among many!

13. What is the best advice you have ever received?

Hmm. I'm sure there was some life-altering advice, but it's failing me I turn to Dr. Suess:

"Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You." advice ever: Be yourself. Never compromise. Do what you love. =)


Waterrose said...

I love reading interviews....great one!

capitolagirl said...

I love your idea about asking artists to name their favorites, its very original!

Heather Alexandercycorpun said...

very clever artist, thanks for sharing,

Heather Alexander

Happy Easter

T said...

Lovely Feature! Thanks for sharing Miss Bubbly Shnooks - how can you not love something from a name like that?! :)

Art Kitten said...

Great interview! Thank you for introducing me to a really fun Etsy artist.

Sanni said...

I love interviews, especially creative ones like this! I love it that you've included so many pictures.

The beauty card is lovely, I'm trying to think of someone to send it (read: trying to find an excuse to buy it! ;)

TexasTesla said...

Love the felt donuts of hers! Nice interview - and nice blog you have.

Michelle said...

Thanks Amy!! =) And for the sweet comments, everyone!

Fog and Thistle said...

Great featured artist and has great taste too! Yay for Amelie, Juno and Edward Gorey!

Julia said...

Excellent interview! I really like her plush toys!

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ellencrimitrent said...

love the camera softie! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have an affinity for anything Brooklyn since I lived in Park Slope for 8 years and went to Pratt before that!

I will have to come back and check out your blog often!

ThePeachTree said...

Ellen, I'll have to do a Park Slope post just for you then!! We're right over in Brooklyn Heights :) Hope to see you around!

Kelly said...

Beautiful feature! Loved every word and image. Very nice.

Holly said...

Thanks so much for checking out my blog! And, I loved your little interview with Michelle! I've always loved her work, and her blog. :0) Such a fun read!

Sleepless Stitch said...

The card at the top of this post is beautiful!!

Jocelan Thiessen said...

wow it inspires me that i am in your list of reccomendations! thanks!