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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.
White dappled milk jug
Handmade from English stoneware clay it’s distinctive bulbed shape was created by working with my potters wheel. You can still feel the gentle texture of throwing rings where my hands have drawn the clay upwards. details »
Olive Linen Rose with Lavender/Eggplant and Olive Semi Precious Jade Nuggets/ Statement Necklace
An olive handmade linen rose with Czech eggplant/purple glass seed beads in its center. These beads were neatly hand sewn on top of a fabric covered button. I also used semi precious nugget stones which have been wired into a brass chain to form a cluster. details »
Mini Steamer Trunk
The inspiration for this little box comes from the old flat top steamer trunks.
One-of-a-Kind Handmade Weddings: Easy-to-Make Projects for Stylish, Unforgettable Details
“One-of-a Kind Handmade Weddings is filled with ideas to inspire today’s bride-to-be. The book is filled with extra-special touches that will quickly and easily personalize any event—whether it’s in a ballroom or at the beach. Centerpieces in bloom, candlelit walkways, perfect accessories for flower girls and groom, a memory scrapbook, table lanterns, a fishbowl of wishes, and save-the-dates—these are just a few of the many decorative details. There are a wide range of projects and additional design ideas for the planning, ceremony, and celebration. Readers can choose from among the easy step-by-step projects—or look for inspiration in the photo gallery of design ideas to create their own signature style.” → more info