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I actually have a BFA in printmaking, but have since gravitated towards beads, threads, yarn and fabric.
I love gardening and birdwatching.
My favorite artist is Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio - both his work and his life are fascinating.
When I was young I made hundreds of tiny little dolls out of clothespins and still have some of them in a box in my bedroom.
What got you started crafting?
I have always made things from when I was very young. I went to college to be a fine artist, and then ended up working as a graphic artist to support myself after graduating. Over the years I began to miss the handmade experience, and took up beadwork and embroidery several years ago. These are not necessarily new skills, but ones I had not used in a very long time, and suddenly the creative urge became a huge part of my life, and a very satisfying part of my life as well.
What is your source of inspiration?
I love the colors in nature, particularly in the tiniest denizens of our world. Insects are a huge source of inspiration - the jewel like colors, the intricate patterns and details. I also have studied art history extensively and enjoy the artwork of other cultures as well - particularly the patterns of found in textiles and other decorative arts. Recently I have been finding inspiration in the traditional embroidery of Mexico and also have been looking at the wonderful patterns found in the ceramic tiles made in Turkey and Morroco.
What have you made recently?
I recently made a pillow out of recycled denim from an old pair of jeans and appliqued a color housefly onto the pillow using gorgeous scraps of bright silk and cotton, and then embroidered over that - I really like the idea of trying to incorporate cast off materials in my work and there is nothing more soft and inviting than well worn cotton denim. It was a delight to work with. I also have made several cuff style bracelets using denim as the base. I am in the process of planning a pillow featuring an applique of a stag beetle which I will further embellish with embroidery and maybe a few beads. I will either use some more recycled denim or khaki fabric for the background.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I sell online and try to do at least one craft show every year time permitting. I prefer to do two shows if possible. Since I also still work full time, my production levels are not steady enough to permit more shows - I need to be able to build up my inventory!
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
After graduating and going right to work as a graphic artist using computers, I began to really miss the individuality and unique nature that you can find in the handmade. In a time of mass media and instant trends, it is wonderful to create or purchase an item that is one of a kind and expresses a unique point of view. I also truly appreciate the movement towards recycling in the arts - this is an important goal, and I hope to continue using recycled materials in my own work as well.
Rhode Island, USA