My BFA is in Textile Design.
My fiance and I have about 100 freshwater fish.
I have two middle names. (Jean Louise)
I'm an only child, grandchild, and niece.
What got you started crafting?
My mom is an artist, I'm an only child, and I'm very curious. I think those three things came together to form my creativity. As a kid I was always doing something creative/crafty in my room. I think it all just came naturally.
What is your source of inspiration?
I get the best ideas when I go to art/craft stores. Most of the time I have no set intentions. I roam around for ideas and buy things I really don't "need". My curiosity is also a great source. Many of my ideas just come from playing around and trying new ideas and techniques.
What have you made recently?
I've recently gotten back into using custom laser cut acrylic shapes in my jewelry. I design the shapes and then they are cut on a computer programmed laser cutter. My fiance was the one who turned me onto the acrylic. He was using it to make stencils and I started using the cut out pieces in my jewelry. Once I found I liked them, I designed my own shapes. I love the endless possibilities with a laser cutter. Plus using the clear acrylic, I can add just about any paper to the back of it. Very versatile.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
Through my website (which I designed and created myself), Etsy, and some shows.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
There is something wonderful and special about it. To know that someone took the time and effort to make something from their own hands is deeply rewarding. Giving and receiving handmade shows how much you care about someone and how much they care about you. Finding the perfect handmade gift is more difficult to find, therefore more meaningful. (at least I think so) That time and effort is where the caring shows.