Every so often I see a response in the “Odds and Ends” section of the featured crafter profile that catches my attention.
After reading through Joelle’s well written, thoughtful profile application I get to the “Odds and Ends” portion and see, “I hate answering questions like these.” I’m all ears if you have some suggestions on how I can improve the questions and/or crafter profile creation process 🙂 Thanks for putting your hatred aside and contributing to Heart Handmade Blog!
I raised three sons who didn't play with dolls, but all of them are very creative.
I have a bachelors degree in fine art photography.
My grandparents owned a tailor shop.
I own three cats.
What got you started crafting?
I've always liked to make things. It's an obsession. My mom taught me how to sew when I was a girl. But I didn't start making dolls for a living until I was about 40.
What is your source of inspiration?
I make dolls that look like people I've met and people I've imagined. My cats also whisper ideas to me while I sleep.
What have you made recently?
I'm working on a Cave Man Doll who will wear an outfit made of real fur. He has a hairy body. All of my dolls are unique, from patterns that I create. I draw the faces on them. Some of them are happy, some are crabby. The Cave Man will be missing some teeth.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I sell my dolls on my Etsy shop and at craft shows throughout New York.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Why not? Because you are supporting local artists, you get a one-of-a-kind item that no one else will own. The quality is better than what you buy at a store. If you give handmade crafts as a gift, the person who receives it will be so much happier.