I think in this day and age, a lot of things are produced by machines. I feel that before the handmade movement really took off, many took handmade for granted.
I am studying to become a Child Art Therapist. Which essentially takes three elements that I am passionate about; children, art and psychology! I can't wait to help children while creating art with them.
I war born and raised in the Bay Area in California. I lived there for about 21 years and then ventured to the Pacific Northwest. I fell in love with Seattle where I settled for a few years. Then I decided to pursue happiness and moved to Portland, Oregon. I vowed to myself that once I moved to Portland, I would put in every effort to make my crafting a full time career.
I have been a vegetarian for nearly a decade. I was once a vegan for almost a year. Since moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have expanded my cooking abilities. I really love finding new recipes that are meant for meat and then finding a way to make them vegetarian. I think a lot of people have misconception about vegetarians and vegans placing judgment on meat eaters. I really think everyone has their own decision in the way they want to live.
What got you started crafting?
My mom essentially got me to start crafting. Way back in the day I was surrounded by her running a floral business. I was enraptured by all the creativity, beautiful colors and the ability to have your own store. Ever since then I think my creative spirit burst! As soon as I picked up a camera, I loved photography. As soon as I picked up a pencil, I love to draw and write. It's just a part of me something I cannot deny.
What is your source of inspiration?
My inspiration comes from everyday life. I have started to look at everything in terms of felt. It reminds me of the movie The Science of Sleep. The main character sees his surroundings as magical, creative, whimsical artsy things. I like to find humor in things, as well. I think that's what inspires the funny faces on my felt food and plush "dolls".
What have you made recently?
I recently made a felt Play Skool piano! I really wanted to see how far I could go in recreating an item. I have to say, it's pretty spot on. While it took a good long while, it was well worth it. All of my items are hand sewn and cut which takes a lot of time and love. It pays off so well when a product is complete. I am so excited for the world to see it and I hope it finds a loving home.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I sell my crafts in all sorts of fun places! I have my online store at Etsy including a design & photography web store front. I sell at a lot of local awesome places around Portland, Oregon. I recently just started selling in other parts of the United States which I am so ecstatic for!
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
I think in this day and age, a lot of things are produced by machines. I feel that before the handmade movement really took off, many took handmade for granted. I remember learning how to do all of these things with my mom (sew, bake, make flower arrangements) and saw how that wasn't happening anymore. It was more about getting an iPad and playing video games. It warms my heart to think that people all over the world have something that I put a lot of care into. Perhaps, one day it can be passed along to another loved one and they can see the dedication I put into my products.