You’ve seen Kristen’s work in the Gallery, and now you can meet the person behind wear for art thou.
What is your craft / art / creative endeavor?
I love all kinds of arts and crafts and am always experimenting. Most recently I have been creating small dimensional jewelry that’s completely made from paper and acrylic ink. In my shop you will also find some original paintings and illustrations. I am currently a full time student pursuing my BFA in Studio Art.
How did you get started? Have you worked in other creative areas before the kind of work you’re doing now?
I got started when I was three years old and I melted a whole box of oil pastels down the side of the wall heater (it sure was fun)! I have worked in both creative and non creative areas, I have been a soldier, a waitress and a telephone operator, a designer, an art teacher and an illustrator. I definitely prefer the creative!
Do you work alone? With a team? Do you engage your family or friends in the work? What is your process? How do you ensure you get your work done yet still have a life?
Usually I work alone but my family does help me when I am getting ready for a show and my husband always helps me with computer stuff. My family is so supportive of all of my artistic endeavors! I am always inspired by the things around me and going back to school has been a terrific boost to my creativity! My process is just to sketch and write myself lots of notes until i get a big block of time to sit down and make all of the things that are in my head!
…and who said I have a life! haha
Where do you sell your work? Which venues are your favorites? Do you prefer selling online or in person? Do you attend shows or fairs? Is your work in a gallery or brick-and-mortar store?
Right now I only have my etsy shop and I try to show at local Spring and Fall craft festivals. Between that, my “real job” (doing nails in a salon) school and family-well, that keeps me pretty busy!
see me at http://www.wearforartthou.etsy.com.
What do you wish I had asked you?
I wished you had asked me what I would like to learn to make that I can’t make now….(that would be a quilt)!
Oh, I love quilts too. Thank you Kristen! And if you would like to be interviewed on Try Handmade, just head on over to DIY Interview.