February 13, 2010

Artistic Process: How did you learn the discipline you work in now?

"Like so many of you I'm a dabbler! My mom is very artistic, so I learned a lot from her- machine sewing, decoupage, stenciling, painting, etc. My grandma tried to teach me to knit, but it didn't stick. A roommate taught me when I was 20, and I then taught myself to purl from a book, and taught it to her. (We made a lot of garter stitch scarves with wonky increases!) Right now I'm trying to teach myself crochet. I pick up different techniques here and there mainly to help out with my costuming hobby. When you have a limited budget the creativity and broad range of crafting experience helps a lot. (If you need a 10' tall wearable puppet made out of plastic bags, duct tape and soda cans I'm your girl.)

Currently I sell a lot of origami jewelry in my etsy shop, and I supplement that at shows with one of a kind assemblages. I saw a tutorial online for the origami stars that I make, and quickly became addicted. People say "oh, you must be an origami expert", but that's not the case. I'm really good at one fold! I can't do a crane,
despite many attempts. Don't even ask about that poor, poor butterfly. I came up with my own technique to make the paper stars into jewelry, which is something I just picked up along the way."



Julia Finucane said...

Those stars are so unique.

nomadcraftsetc said...

Interesting, I can make everything else through origami except for a star! Funny! Your star jewelry is fun! Good for you!

KimmChi said...

yeah, and they are so small, it's unbelieveable!

MinaLucia said...

I am loving this! Good for you making everyday I read an interview with a successful artist that said when she lived in NYC she stopped making due to limited space and resources. She now says she really regrets that and no space is too small to make something small. Excellent!