1. What do you create?
Professionally, I've designed everything from clothing to furniture to medical tools. Though these days, I much prefer to design things that go outside the body rather than inside the body. My personal projects are equally as broad. I make jewelry and cast porcelain. I've also been playing around with my new gocco machine. My biggest passion; however, is not really creating but collecting. I love finding discarded treasures and bringing them home. Some are great as is and others I combine or transform into something new altogether.
2. What led you to take up your craft?
I see beauty in all things...I must thank my mother (who is jumping up with joy right now reading this!). She always inspired me with trips to museums and craft events. She taught me the beauty of nature and always had little found objects on display.
There was also a bottomless box full of 70's era craft supplies and an amazing craft book called "Make and Do" part of the Childcraft series (now my mom is feeling bad for accidently giving that book away!).
3. Which part of your work do you most enjoy?
I love the moment when it all comes together! I tend to have little themes running in my head....could be a motif, shape, color or even a texture. Whatever the starting point is, I start to relook at the items I've made or collected to see what fits into the theme I'm working on. Suddenly a brown plastic horse perfectly complements vintage canning jars with rusted caps. A tree slice becomes an imaginary creamer to accompany a coffee canister.
I also love collecting supplies. Hmmm collecting is not quite the right word. It's more like an obsession. I have just about everything from glass etching supplies to wood burners. I'd really love to have my own kiln, but that one will have to stay a fantasy.
4. Which part do you find hardest?
Saying "NO" to the perfect item I've found, but can't bring home b/c I don't have the space for it. Though I have found a way to turn storage into a pleasure. I have so many hiding places like my repurposed metal card file.
5. Where do you get your inspiration?
I love nature as much as I love the nitty gritty of the city. I expose myself to everything everwhere. Though these days I'm trying to tear myself away from the computer. Everyone's blogs are so amazing and Etsy itself is a world of inspiration. When I can, I love to troll through flea markets and travel to foreign lands.
6. Do you participate in any etsy groups, and if so, which ones?
Not yet, but I'd love to join one that participates in flea markets and fairs. I've never done a street event and think it would be more fun with great company.
7. What's one material your shop can't live without?
Rust, dust, and charm. I'm drawn to objects with character and hints of a past life.
8. What is your favorite item that you have purchased off of Etsy?
Just one? How about a 3 way tie...
9. If I could sell one item from my shop today, it would be...
Bubbo bought a set and look how pretty she made it look!
10. If I had enough money to pick one item on my wish list from any
shop on etsy to buy, it would be...
Quite possibly the most expensive item on here! but hey it's on sale :)
Actually I'd be more than happy with this...
11. What are the top three favorite items currently listed in your
Sadly my favorite of all time has already sold (buyers remorse)
but here are my top 2 current items:
I also like the Back to School themed store I made especially for Poppytalk.
12. What undiscovered artisans would you recommend the world to know?
13. What is the best advice you have ever received?
Never give up!