Making something, answering the creative urge, feels great! The misery of not making is suffocating. So make something!
Grew up in an orphanage... oh, wait, I never grew up!
Love Leonard Cohen, Pink Floyd and Martha Wainwright.
I'm a 'Hillbilly' stuck living in FLatland.
Pumpernickel bread makes the best grilled cheese sandwiches.
What got you started crafting?
I took an art class in High School and displayed the absolute least potential of anyone in the class. A few years later I started noticing things handmade.... especially wood, and began trying my hand at it.
What is your source of inspiration?
Words.... phrases.... puns...... humor...... and the wood itself. An idea will keep pestering me until I do something about it. Many times the original idea morphs into something totally different.... even as the piece is being created.
I love that feeling of the creative process where something else other than me and the piece, that third 'something', takes over and I get to watch it evolve. I have never had a single piece that turned out like I originally planned. That used to bug the heck out of me, but I have learned to embrace it.
What have you made recently?
I had made a black and white mosaic panel using wooden matchsticks, burning the ends for the 'black' areas. That left me with a pile of empty matchboxes and I started to paint the matchbox 'drawers' with acrylics. I stopped after 450 matchboxes and created a wooden frame to hold the paintings. The effect was exceeded my expectations since it was my first 'painting'. It was fun working with color.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I sell mostly on ETSY just now. My website is under construction after not having been updated for two years.
I am hoping to have some pieces included in some art/craft galleries as my work improves.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
I appreciate what goes into a handmade piece. I don't believe it is possible to create something with your own hand without part of you going into the piece. When you pick up something uniquely handmade, you can feel or sense that part of the maker. It lends a certain 'life' to the work that an almost identical manufactured piece lacks. It is almost like the handmade piece takes on some of the personality of the maker...... at least, that is the way I have it imagined.