Dichroic glass pendant
Hand-fabricated, embossed, textured and formed sterling silver and copper pendant set with dichroic glass details »
Petri Dishes Watercolor Collage
Petri dishes 1 is a new twist on my microbiology theme. Brightly-colored bacteria and other microorganisms bloom in their laboratory habitat – petri dishes. The contents of each dish are individually painted in watercolors, using a wet-in-wet technique. Then they are cut out and placed in their petri dishes… details »
The Simple Sobo
The Simple Sobo in subtle earth tones.
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.
I’m not sure who Randy and Claudia are but I have a theory. In my imagination, “Randy” and “Claudia” are the summer home aliases of Mr. & Mrs. Claus. You know, their witness protection program names that they use when they summer in the Great Lakes or Spa in Sedona. Everyone needs a name to put on their Safeway Club Card and Yogurtland loyalty account.
When they are not busy making sure that Christmas happens, apparently Randy and Claudia are making these adorable leather “ISH” newborn booties. These booties are not cheap, but aren’t your little elves worth it? The level of detail and craftsmanship on these elevates them to a place halfway between clothing and art.
Even though I’m not so sure about who Randy and Claudia really are, I am sure about something else: The whimsical curlicues on the toes of these shoes just makes me want to smile and giggle.
Tracey is the artist behind Red Linc Art which sells paintings, drawings and photographs and TraceyKnits where you can find knitted goods from belts to golf club covers. Tracey is one of those people who is a creative person by nature, the kind that takes every opportunity to learn and do new art projects. While working in a stationery shop she decided to start making handmade greeting cards. That creative spark soon turned into a flame and she found selling online was the perfect way to find her target audience.
In my knitting shop, I am currently in love with the bride and groom golf club covers. I can just imagine a couple on their destination wedding in Ireland, hitting the links with these in their bags. In my fine art shop, I recently listed a photograph entitled “I heart wool”. It is a sheep smiling; I am sure I heart wool as much as that sheep does!
If you’re in the Mt. Holly, NJ area, you can find some of Tracey’s club covers and prints at Jersey Made and she also sells at craft fairs in her area. Her original paintings are sold exclusively through Art Setter.
Artisticly, I am all about comic book influenced pop art. I love Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, and Cindy Sherman. With knitting, my family and friends are definitely shaping the direction of my work.
Tracey’s art ranges from whimsical paintings of hands creating shadow puppets to photographs that are a study in pattern and repetition.
Nanami Cowdroy was born in Sydney, Australia with close bonds to her mixed Japanese-European heritage. Growing up with such contrasting cultures and surroundings, has greatly influenced her style of art and creative expression.
By intertwining complex characters and highly detailed objects her pieces reflect a juxtaposition between foreign and familiar entities and environments. Her imagination is illustrated through works which are elaborate and exotic. She is drawn to subjects, which may on the surface seem delicate or fragile, but are given strength and depth through her pen and ink techniques, intricate hand illustrative style and mixed media compositions.