Parsimony: I grew up with a grandmother, my meemaw, who is an amazing seamstress. Even now at almost 92 years old she’s still sewing strong. It wasn’t until I was well into my 20’s and a new wife that I decided…hmmmm. I want better curtains than I can afford. And the rest is history. I took a class and have never stopped sewing. I love it.
jessi taylor: i make a lot of things, but what really gets me going is when i can make a PILE of something… collaged cards, oatmeal cookies, sterling silver rings set with typewriter buttons… then i like to lay them all out and gloat over my hoard!! i hope some of you share my love of piles, and that maybe you have a pile of pretty things already…
everything you see here is handmade, individually, and that means that no two things are ever exactly the same, and nothing is “perfect”. i love that!
Sandmaiden: about 11 years ago I started my career in the fashion industry as a very young single mom in Vancouver, Canada. My work adventures took me from the order desk at a childrens catalog company to assisting high end bridal, flat renderings, print design, global freelance design and producing samples for a European ladies career collection.
A few years in after I had acquired all the boots, suits and shoes a young lady could want (okay, should want) I discovered a hole in my wardrobe. I bought my first pair of real pajamas for about $20.00 on sale, by day i was a working girl on the factory floor, by night a princess. When I should have been shopping for things for my daughter or a boyfriend i was hunting the ideal pair of pajamas, they continued to elude me. Very many pj’s later said princess found her prince and the pj’s haven’t seen the sheets since.
Brooke B. Art: I’m a self-taught collage artist in Northern Idaho. I generally create large-scale art (even up to 8 feet square), as I have a massive supply of paper (including sheet music and maps) I acquired through various outlets. I can’t throw anything away, so collage/mixed media was a good career decision for me. :)
I have a husband and a one-year-old daughter. My husband cuts all my art panels for me, preps and paints them, and secures the hardware. We’re a good team. My daughter is adept at tearing up books and magazines, so I expect she’ll be able to help me do the prep-work for tearing the paper I need very soon.
My larger art pieces were recently on display at a fine furniture gallery, Parmer’s, in Redding, CA. I have been a reoccurring artist in Redding’s Second Saturday Art Hop. In October, we relocated to Northern Idaho, where we live nestled in the wooded hills by a lake; the perfect setting for creativity.
Barefoot Weaver: I have been in love with color since my first box of crayons and I fell in love with weaving in the 70s when I watched a girl weaving (barefoot, of course!) in the back of a store in Brattleboro, VT. Here was not just color but dance as well! By the early 90s I had my first loom and there was no looking back. Looms have a way of multiplying and taking over the house (as my family can attest) and now I have four (we won’t count the one in the barn). I am always amazed seeing them warped and vibrant with potential.
Colors live in my living room and cones of thread fill my bookcases. I dye my threads on a big plywood table upstairs in one of my workrooms (did I mention that I have taken over the entire house?) and my clothes line is often draped with skeins of freshly dyed thread. I do my designing on my warping mill and my work now is mostly warp driven which just means that I want the warp to show more than the weft (or weaving).
I started adding more texture to my weaving some years ago as well inspired in part by knitting yarns that have flags and tufts and wraps and shiny bits and skinny and fat parts.
So, I overproduce. And I have three grown sons who really don’t wear my creations aside from a very plain chenille scarf or two. I live on an old farm with my two horses, three cats, one small dog, and a very supportive husband. We heat with wood, snuggle down in the winter up here in the North Country, and I am content.