Because the market is already saturated enough with half-handmades and things that have been mass produced to look handmade. I want every piece I make to have it’s own personality, and you just can’t get that with a production line. I put a lot of love and care into every single piece that I make.
* I have a love affair with falafels. They are full of delcious.
* I think that painting with coffee is a lot of fun.
* The only thing that could possibly ever coax me to get my drivers license is if I was given the batmobile.
* My artwork has been featured in two published books - both on the topic of steampunk.
What got you started crafting?
I've been crafting almost my entire life. It definitely wasn't something that I decided to do, overnight - it was just something that I loved to do as a kid, and it lasted well into adulthood. Sure, it began with construction paper and school glue, but I can't deny that I still love that sort of stuff. It just sort of progressed into other mediums!
Polymer clay is my current favourite medium, although I didn't really like it at first. It grew on me though, and I love it.
What is your source of inspiration?
I'm not sure exactly where my inspiration comes from - I think it's really just a hodge podge of everything. It's a mixture of things that I see in everyday life, in dreams, and on my adventures throughout the world wide web. The rest of it comes from this strange brain and imagination of mine. I blame it for most of creations, actually.
What have you made recently?
Well, I guess I will tell you about Mister Squiddy Pie. He was sculpted from polymer clay, baked, antiqued, detailed, then glazed. All of his tentacles were added afterwards and are various different types of wire - some of which has been coiled. He is what I would perceive as a mechanical version of a squid.
He's definitely quite large compared to a lot of things that I make. I mostly work on a rather small scale, usually under a couple inches, but this guy is about 9 inches tall. What a monster!
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I mostly sell my stuff on Etsy, but periodically sell straight from my website, as well.
I also do local craft shows and the periodic larger events, such as FanExpo (which is a convention), which is in Toronto.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Because the market is already saturated enough with half-handmades and things that have been mass produced to look handmade. I want every piece I make to have it's own personality, and you just can't get that with a production line. I put a lot of love and care into every single piece that I make.