October 18, 2010

A Crafty Questionnaire: Etsy Craft Night @ Blurb

Usually the {NewNew} Crafty Questionnaire focuses on just one talented artisan at a time, but this week we're featuring (count 'em!) four talented artisans. Each is leading a special program devoted to a different handmade gift for the booklover in your life. Get your craft on -- for free! -- with the {NewNew} this Saturday, October 23 at the Blurb Pop Up Shop at 30 Mercer Street in New York City.

Clockwise, from upper left:
Nordea McKoy of Nordea Soaperie,
Nguyen Le of KnitKnit,
Corey Dergazarian of Sans Map,
and Jen McGlashan of McFlashpants.

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Nordea McKoy: Nordea Soaperie

What do you hope people will take away from crafting with you?
I hope that folks enjoy knitting their own bookmarks -- they're so easy and make great gifts -- and are inspired to continue crafting on their own.

What inspired the idea of knitted bookmarks?
A friend of mine gave me a bookmark that her grandmother made. Though she gave it to me waaaay back in the 8th grade, I still have it, all these years later. I don't read as much as I used to, but it's a nice keepsake that I will never throw away.

Who is your favorite author?
Stephen King.

What's the first thing you remember making?
I don't remember the first thing, but I still have the stuffed clown that I made in my 8th grade home economics class.

Which talent or skill would you most like to have?
I wish i could dance. I secretly wish I could be on the TV show "So You Think You Can Dance."

Is there any invention you wish you had thought of?
The TV or the calculator -- two things that I cannot live without.

What is your motto?
Spreading the soapy love, one bar at a time!

Corey Dergazarian: Sans Map

Is this your first live demonstration/instruction?

Over the summer, I helped run a Yelp! summer camp series where I demonstrated making sailor knot bracelets, but this is the first time i'll be demonstrating my own craft of sewing.

Are you nervous?
My excitement definitely outweighs any nervousness that I may have...Let the sewing of tote bags begin!

What do you hope people will take away from crafting with you?
I am a stickler for details and think it's important to bring energy and fun to sewing projects. I hope I can show others that once you create a basic sewing pattern there are countless ways to customize and personalize.

Will you attend any of the other events happening at the Blurb Pop Up Shop?
There are so many great events planned it's hard to decide. The event on Oct 30th, Photo Book Tips and Tricks, sounds great!

If you were going to make a Blurb book, what would it be?
I would love to make a book using photos I took while living in the South of France; the standard landscape with an image wrap cover would be so perfect.

What are you reading now?
I'm reading Elegance Of The Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. It's lovely!

Jen McGlashan: McFlashpants

Are you nervous about your potato stamp book plate demonstration?
Not really. Why? What have you heard?

What do you hope people will take away from crafting with you?
Crafting isn't a dirty word. Nor does it ever have to involve a trip to the scrapbooking section of Michaels.

Do you have a favorite Blurb book?
Miss Aniela: Abandoned

What's the first thing you remember making?
A mailbox costume for halloween -- it fit over my head and you had to open the flap and mail me my candy.

Which talent or skill would you most like to have?
I wish I could draw, and paint, and dance like a ballerina. But instead, I'm learning how to weld.

Is there any invention you wish you had thought of?
Pads with wings.

What is your motto?
Life is too short to be embarrassed. So, say yes and show up on time.

jewelry made for you


Simone said...

Great interviews. Thank you

LOLAFALK said...

Awesome interviews with some great NewNew team talent! I wish I didn't have to miss this event - looks like there is going to be some fun and fabulous crafting going on!

Metalicious said...

Great interviews with such talented ladies!

KimmChi said...

what great ladies, made me laugh, should be a great day to make stuff on Saturday