Sunday, April 13

*FEATURED ARTIST of the week* ~~JuliePersons~~


JuliePersons



1. What do you create?

I create needle felted pieces of sculpture, paintings, bowls, pins and hair pretties.


2. What led you to take up your craft?

I thought about needle felting for a few years before I attempted it; my mother in law has sheep and there has always been wool available for me to experiment with. My first pieces were nursing dolls and the inspiration came from my then 2 year old daughter who was self-weaning; I was sad about the loss of the babyhood and making nursing dolls proved to be a great catharsis. It was a wonderful way for me to honor that bond and acknowledge the shift.


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

My favorite part is in the creating; the moment when all of my materials are laying around me and there is all this potential to create whatever I wish.


4. Which part do you find hardest?

Marketing, finding the right audience who will appreciate my work. I am much more of an artist than a saleswoman.


5. Where do you get your inspiration?

I draw my inspiration from the natural world and from motherhood;




I am drawn to the smallest details in the woods, the fields, the trees and take many photographs of mosses and lichens and natural patterns in nature.


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

I belong to two street teams, etsymom and nfest.


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

Wool, wool, wool.


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

I cherish my books; I read endless fiction, poetry, essays, cookbooks, and books on homesteading from beekeeping to composting.


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

The one nursing doll I have in stock;



I love to see them go to good homes and spread a positive message about breastfeeding.


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

Anything from sojourncuriosities shop, her jewelry is so inspired and so amazing.




I already have a number of her pieces but this has not affected my desire for more.


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

Probably my

nursing mama,

Birdie Bowl and my

Windy Day tapestry.


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

Some of my very favorites from Etsy are

juneblue ,

beetlelady

and knitsteel


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

To do what you love and do your best; everything else will fall into place it you do this.




10 comments:

julie said...

thanks so much for the interview and feature, it looks wonderful!!
Julie

Melissa said...

Looks great. Julie has some really pretty items in her shop.

Julia said...

That is such an excellent photo of the artist at the top :) Made me smile! I love felt artists! She makes some beautiful things!

Art Kitten said...

Great interview and photographs :) I always admire felt artists because their work is so versatile and beautiful!

bluemuf said...

I enjoyed the interview you did with Julie. She is very talented.

I enjoyed your vist to my blog

Thank you
Karen

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Your work is beautiful and I really enjoyed this interview! The nursing doll is beautiful! Her hair is the same color as mine! What a beautiful creation!

Hugs,
Amy

missknits said...

wow, she does just amazing work!!! thanks so much for sharing this with us! awesome interview!

i'm kelly said...

great interview. i love finding out about artists & new mediums!

Kinichi River Designs said...

What a talented artist and an excellent interview! You ask such great questions... and your use of pictures is so much fun (love the little ones!)

Rachel said...

I just love this felted work!

Also peachy, your butterfly and koi pics from the zoo are really beautiful!