Friday, March 30, 2007
Meanwhile Modish has featured some fab Etsy.com artists and I am one of them!
Thursday, March 29, 2007
jennifermorrisbeads The funky magnets above come from Niceclutter and seemingly fitting for the front of my 'fridge!
And these beauties above are from jNicDesigns.etsy.com aren't they just the sweetest? Who couldn't use a little kiss on their ears this sweet?
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
What products do you carry in your shop?
The first thing you’ll notice about my shop, Inkyspider Designs, are the colours. I love bright and earthy colours as well as contrast and pattern. I am a textile artist working in a mixed media of surface design techniques. Many of my designs are on t-shirts for all ages, including baby tees. I also have clothing, scarves, and cushion covers. All images are original, designed by me and applied to fabric with techniques such as dyeing, screen printing, painting, shibori, discharge dye, appliqué and sewing.
What other activities do you enjoy?
Other things that I have going on in my life are yoga, music, gardening, being involved in my community, teaching art, being outdoors and I am presently doing a course in pattern drafting and clothing design.
Were you parents crafty too?
My Mom is an awesome artist. Her joy and spontaneity in her art are an inspiration to me.
Can you tell me, how you store your projects and supplies? (can you tell I'm desperate for a miracle myself?)
Ouch! A bit of a sore point there. This is always struggle. My studio is an organized chaos. Seriously, my husband is great at building shelves from floor to ceiling and I fill them with plastic bins labeled on the outside with what they contain.
Do you work outside the home?
I've worked in restaurants for years with all the other artists, actors and musicians trying to make ends meet. I also do quite a bit of teaching: regular art classes for kids and workshops for adults. Living in a village means that I do great selling my stuff in the summers but it becomes a challenge in the winter. That's why I joined Etsy!
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Sheknits will custom design and knit the bag of your dreams! And more! Because she'll design and knit a bag for your sister's dreams or your mom's too! All done with style! She uses wool, cotton and silk yarns. A bag like this would last a lifetime and never go out of style, do wonder over to her shoppie and see what she's been working on!
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I'm not sure if I'm willing to pay for this service, but I'm willing to try it for a week and see if it doesn't brighten my day just a bit! I'm also willing to pass this along to other busy moms. So, check it out. A menu with a shopping list is sent to you each week. Hmm, What's For Dinner?
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
No :( I'm the only one. My mom doesn't even like to sew, and I'm an only child. My neighbor Martita, back in Uruguay, where I'm from, tought me to crochet when I was 6 or 7. I spent that whole summer making granny squares and clothes for every single one of my dolls :)
How long would it take for you to create this little Owl purse? I'm fascinated with the proceedure and my daughter has shown a huge interest in crocheting.
The owl purse took around 3 hours. I had it in my mind for a while, and one afternoon I just sat and made it, and I think it's one of my favorites. My almost 4 year old is interested in crocheting too, when she was little she used to "pretend crochet", she would sit with lots of yarn on her lap and a big crochet hook, and would poke the yarn with it! I've tried teaching her but it's still too difficult for her, so we've started with knitting. She's left handed and I'm not, so I find it a little hard to teach her, but she seems to like it :)
How long do you spend crocheting each day?
Way too much time! I've tried to take a "day off" here and there and I can't. I think I'm a little addicted...
For me drawing little compact images of circles and flowers is a slightly manic way to spend late nights in my studio. Seemingly, I have to do it. Can you relate?
I have a little notebook that I take everywhere where I draw all these ideas I have for toys that I *need* to make, and I'm always crocheting something, even if it's just to take it apart to use for dolls' wavy hair :) I need to have a hook and some yarn at all times, and if a toy I really really want to make happens to pop in mind really late I have this need to stay up late until I'm done -when Martina, our 6-month old, wasn't sleeping through the night I used that as an excuse to stay up forever, crocheting non-stop ;)
Let's say you are thinking of making a hippo backpack styled purse. Would you sketch something out first or do you just grab yarn and start making it? Do you write notes as you go so that you can retain it for a future pattern?
Ideas for toys come to me at the most random times and the craziest places, and as soon as I think of something I draw it in my little notebook so I won't forget it, so almost every time I do have some kind of drawing for them. And then once I start I always write notes in case it comes out really nice and I want to make it again :)
Do you have other artsy passions?
I love ceramics. I used to make all kinds of little creatures that looked kind of like my toys. I wish I had more time to keep doing that...
Is it difficult to find places to store your yarn and other supplies? How do you store your work and supplies? (Look at Mindy trying to shamelessly steal storage ideas from people.)
It's bad, really bad. There's yarn everywhere! I have big plastic bins, big boxes, lots of bags, baskets... and all in our tiny little apartment with two kids and their toys and a husband obsessed with books (he's doing his phd, so there's lots of books, but my yarn wins!)
What is the one of best things you've found on Etsy.com (Best Item, no purchase needed:)
Etsy is so full of amazing artists and amazing, beautiful things that I can't pick one that I like the most. I tend to admire painters like you the most, though, because I find it pretty awesome that someone can create something so impressive with a piece of paper and a pencil. One of my favorites is Mandy from millymollymandy, and I really REALLY like your Morphans series :)
What is something you'd like to say about your work?
I just love what I do and I can not live without. I never thought I would end up making toys, and never ever thought it would make me so happy :) And I know it sounds weird, but really, if I'm not crocheting something I'm thinking of something I want to make. Having little kids is the best because I get inspired by them all the time, and Oli's amazement at the most "common" things give me the best ideas.
Ana, thank you so much for allowing this little interview and peek into your life! May you have oodles and oodles of future sales and a sudden need to fill spaces in your home with new yarn and supplies!!
Ana has many wonderful patterns for sale in her shoppie and I know lots of tweens & teens who would love them for gifts! I think as parents we need enforce or encourage arts and creation. So, please stop by Ana's shop to say hello and do some Easter shopping there too! (All other shopping is welcome as well.)
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Here is a beautiful treasury list created by kirstenlovesdinner.etsy.com Kirsten has a cutie little shop with fun creative finds including these 'dorable chicky stud earrings shown here to sweet little crochet items!
I think the list will expire soon I didn't notice it until this am! But, here it is in a screen shot!
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Thank you to Exquisite Oddity for picking my Morteeny image for your treasury!
I'm thrilled to be listed among these other fine artists!
Exquisiteoddity.etsy.com Check out her unique graphic design! The beautiful banners and avatars are just fabulous!