Sunday, March 9

*FEATURED ARTIST of the week* ~~Red Otter~~

Red Otter

1. What do you create?

I create hand made journals and notebooks!

2. What led you to take up your craft?

I've been an avid journal writer since I was in fourth grade. I still have a lot of my journals stuffed in my bookshelves. During a financial pinch five years ago I made my own journal, pulling the paper for the covers from an old seed catalog and binding it all with fishing twine. That was the beginning of my book-binding craft!

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

I love pulling out my papers, glue, brushes and thread and spreading them all over my living room floor. My husband and I live in a fairly small apartment, and I don't have a space to keep all my art supplies out in the open, so when I decide to make books its a whole night affair. A night of complete mess! I throw on a movie, or a TV series, and cover board, cut ribbon, and sew to my hearts content. It's about making a mess and then making something beautiful out of that mess! I love it!

4. Which part do you find hardest?

I think through the year on Etsy, I've learned to find the satisfaction in the creation of the art work, the process it goes through, than the sale of a piece! That's been a hard lesson to learn. But it's infinitely more fulfilling!

5. Where do you get your inspiration?

I find so much inspiration from fellow artists. Quite honestly I felt like a whole new world opened up to me when I started reading blogs. I discovered hundreds of artists talking about their craft and what its like to create their art, live their art and believe in their art. I discovered a whole new model of meaningful, beautiful living, where women were balancing their artwork with their families or side careers. Its inspiring to realize that the small things, the simple aspects of every day life has value and beauty! It's wonderful!

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

I'm actually not apart of any Etsy groups at the moment! But, maybe sometime soon!

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

Silk ribbon. Silk ribbon and buttons seem to find their way into almost all of my books and journals. I love the rich colors, the smooth texture and the way it looks like moving watercolor.

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

Right now its a mini album I purchased from Flyleafbooks! Its so cute and cleverly made! 

She was wonderful to work with as well :)

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

My Lime Lime Notebook! Its a favorite book of mine right now. I love the colors and the texture of the paper.

*sighs* It's lovely!

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

THIS: Modern Lotus Triangle Patchwork Quilt. I don't remember how I found this artist, but her quilts are amazing! So colorful! I would have a hard time figuring out whether I would hang it on a wall as art work or snuggle into it every night!

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

My French Journal, my Lime Lime Notebook, and Strawberry Roses!

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

Wunderbug! This artist takes found objects or basic art supplies and creates amazing jewelry from them. She takes so much time photographing the pieces that the pictures themselves are art works.

Also the artwork of CuriouserCuriouser! WOW! I love her color, her compositions and her use of texture! I would cover my walls in her artwork if I could!

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

Go at a pace that allows you to enjoy the craft! It's so easy to get caught up in the rush of selling your artwork. It's a high. But, when you stop enjoying the process you run the risk of burning out! Fast! It's good to go at a pace that allows you the freedom to enjoy the process of making art!


Jen said...

Nice interview!
Guess what... Tag! Your it! (I didn't start this, just following the rules!) Here’s the rules:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Grizzly Mountain Arts said...

Very interesting blog post! I really enjoy reading your blog and your jewelry is gorgeous!

Urban Design said...

Beautiful blog and very nice interview. Her things are beautiful! Cute poll!

~Stella said...

I really really really love what is said here about pacing yourself to enjoy your craft. I have a difficult time doing that and I know that I feel much more grounded when I take the time needed to let the work grow (instead of just cranking out products).

Great interview!

Fabianna said...

I truly understand Red Otter when she says she is inspired by other artists. I started creating again after coming across several artist blogs. This was a very good and sincere interview.

Rocki's Rock 'n Beads said...

Excellent blog! Very informative. How true: "I've learned to find the satisfaction in the creation of the art work"

☼ Rocki

Leslie said...

Of course i got donuts. :P I*m eatting "healthy" not on a diet..heh..LoL thanks for the comment! Lovely blog!

Art Kitten said...

Great interview! Red Otter is a very talented artist and a wonderful person too!

seaglassthings said...

Fantastic interview and questions!! I enjoyed reading the article and getting to know the Red Otter - I just adore her journals.

wunderbug said...

Great interview, Julia is an beautiful soul who makes beautiful journals... what a great interview pick! :)

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