I find inspiration in everything around me. Right now my biggest inspiration is nature. I’m living in a beautiful forest enclosed town, South Lake Tahoe, so a lot of my recent work is inspired by forestry and snow. By the beautiful Autumn surrounding me. When it comes to my fine art work, a lot of my inspiration recently has stemmed from my poetry. I’m working on a self-published poetry/photography book and each poem will have a photograph that has been inspired by it alongside.
I volunteered at a food bank for two years after I graduated from college. I have had some of my poetry published. I can put lime on just about anything. I'm a bookworm. I just got married to my college sweetheart!
What got you started crafting?
I've always loved creating. In high school I got my first camera and I just became obsessed with photographing. I would take it anywhere and just photograph the heck out of everything. Eventually, I got a better camera, more lenses, and it just became my main craft. I wanted to do more with my photography and went on to create my own photo cards and then limited edition one of a kind wearable art pieces. My passion for photography was really what started me in my crafting craze. Once I joined Etsy it just escalated tenfold, I'm obsessed with the crafting world, with creating. Outside of photography, I've had my go at knitting and painting as well, though those are more of hobbies than what I'm truly consumed by.
What is your source of inspiration?
I find inspiration in everything around me. Right now my biggest inspiration is nature. I'm living in a beautiful forest enclosed town, South Lake Tahoe, so a lot of my recent work is inspired by forestry and snow. By the beautiful Autumn surrounding me. When it comes to my fine art work, a lot of my inspiration recently has stemmed from my poetry. I'm working on a self-published poetry/photography book and each poem will have a photograph that has been inspired by it alongside.
What have you made recently?
My husband and I have recently been working on a new medium, transferring our photography onto wood. The other day it was our first time trying out this process. We bought this decorative piece of wood shaped like a cutting board to test out this new process and the chemicals and medium we needed to process my "Pear Line" photograph on it. The actual transferring of the photograph consists of leaving the chemicals to process the photograph overnight onto the piece of wood. In the morning I worked on peeling off the paper and the actual parts where the photograph is stay embedded on the wood. What stands out about this piece is just how unique it can be. This is a whole new level of photo printing and processing, and it's not often done, so both my husband and I are really excited to create more of these wood pieces and eventually sell them.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I sell my creations through my Etsy shop mostly, but I have sold in craft shows during the holidays as well as through word of mouth to friends and acquaintances. And there really is no better feeling than having someone appreciate your work so much that they're willing to spend their hard earned money on them. Especially during this hard economic fall. Every purchase is truly appreciated. Every sale is special all on its own.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
I believe handmade items are truly made from the heart and are to be cherished and appreciated because someone put their passion into making them, so it's really important for crafters to support other crafters.
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