This sums me up:
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. — Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poet”
* I started life out living in the wilderness of Alaska on a Homestead. Complete with outhouse, metal wash tubs for baths, moose meat, fish and potatoes to eat.
* I am dyslectic and a hopeless non speller, math or name rememberer. Of which I have learned to cope very well by making myself double and triple check all my work.
* I am a dog and horse whisperer.
* My dream is to retire with a large studio to work from with huge windows of some water view and be able to walk to starbucks every day! There, I will sketch with my IPAD sketch club app for new designs. who Yeah!
What got you started crafting?
My family. I am a third generation artist. I was drawing as soon as I could hold a pencil. Sculpting too. It is deep within my soul. It is my belief that all people are given some sort of talent when they are born. This talent is either built upon or subdued. Mine was built upon by my mother who encourage my art through out my life. I have been a professional artist (one who works full time for income) since early 1970's.
What is your source of inspiration?
Every single thing around me can bring on inspiration, but I cannot be inspired with constant people interaction. I NEED, solitude. Let me point out that artists can be in solitude in the middle of the big city. As long as no one is trying to talk to me I can create. I find complete solitude at home the best for creativity. I then meet with a group of artist once a week to bounce ideas off of and we encourage each other. I am a Introvert. ;-)
What have you made recently?
I recently started designing some burlap home decor things. I love the texture of burlap. I wanted more decor items in my store.
Taking acrylic paint and stenciling designs with purposely raised areas on the designs. These raised areas are then brushed with gold for a luminescent affect. These new items are in my Etsy Store.
With any new design or product idea, I watch what my own attraction is for any given time of year. Lately it is home, comfort, texture. Ocean and water is always a theme of mine. Living by the water constantly inspires new ideas. The movement of the sand around rocks and driftwood can spark a new line.
From the first idea, I then doodle ideas, make a prototype. Then I must come up with something that will set it apart from anything else I see already made. I do not want to be making something already done. Interesting that even in high school, if everyone was wearing one style, I would purposely find some other style to use. I want to be different, set apart from the crowd. I want my customers to feel they are unique and special with their purchase.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I am a multi Media Artist with greatest talents in Sculpture. I love however fabric design which I just started doing a year ago. These are selling very well. I also make sculpted buttons, beads and miniature art. Acrylic Painting, digital paintings. Jewelry Design. In one word, I LOVE designing. Coming up with new, earthy and colorful designs of any media. I work in my own studio full time. Sell at art shows, and on Etsy.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
I can not imagine a person who buys a gift for someone to not want to give some thing really special. How can we say "you are so special to me" by buying a mass produced item? Every time we buy flowers for someone we know they will love them. Every petal and bud is different and one of a kind. Even when we buy for ourselves we should be wanting to set ourselves apart from the crowd.
To buy handmade you are saying all these things without words! The added benefit is the buyer of hand made is helping a artist continue their God given talents to share with the world. It is a way of donating to help our society remain vital and strong. Artists are born and must be who they are. Even if it means being very poor they will continue to create. My husband is a professional musician. They are the same. You find many very poor musicians but they can not help it, they MUST play. Yes, some will take part time jobs to eat, but every night you find them playing somewhere for nothing.
Buy Handmade and support the life blood of Humanity!