When a crafter or artist puts that love and attention into their work, a little bit of that energy seems to rub off on their goods.
I was once a habitual craft abandoner. There are still remnants of a stained glass phase from 10 years ago in my garage and 25-year-old half-made latch hook pillow top in my mother's attic.
When I was 17, my art teacher told me I should study commercial art. I had no idea what she was talking about...and I promptly forgot her advice until after college. Now, we sit next to each other during yearbook adviser workshops and talk shop about yearbook design.
I love the smell of freshly-cut sweet clover.
One of my greatest pleasures is planting my vegetable garden in the spring and watching that bare piece of brown ground mature into a mass of wild vines and leaves by September.
What got you started crafting?
I've drawn forever, and I can't remember when that started. I've always enjoyed creating beautiful things, though. I was probably eight or so when my mom gave me a needle and thread and let me make my own Barbie clothes from tiny scraps of satin or upholstery material she had stowed away. Soon, I was using her sewing machine to make clothes for everyone's Barbies. Truthfully, I enjoyed that more than the Barbies themselves!
What is your source of inspiration?
The whole world around me inspires me, but I'm especially drawn to nature. My yard is full of pine trees, maples, flowering plants and that vegetable garden, and the patterns they produced fascinate me. Other artists are inspiring, as well.
What have you made recently?
My pieces are designed on computer. Weekly, I create new designs for my labels and cards that frequently start out as a sketch on my artboard. When I happen upon an idea that sticks, I try to add layers and details to it while striking a balance with readability. What seems to set me apart from many others are those layers--if you look closely, there's often a good deal going on in my work without it seeming overwhelming.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I sell my address labels and other paper good online, exclusively.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Because they're better...and someone is standing behind that produce saying, "This is a part of me, and I want you to love it as much as I do." When a crafter or artist puts that love and attention into their work, a little bit of that energy seems to rub off on their goods.
Black River Falls, Wisconsin, US