When Heather asked me if I would be interested in completing Craft’s 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 questionnaire, I was very keen on the idea. While I write every day about craft ideas and the physical process of creating things, it’s not all that often that I get a chance to talk in-depth about why I create and the emotional energy that goes into making stuff!
One Project You Are Particularly Proud Of
1: I love making miniature things, especially ones that look very realistic. I think the best miniature I’ve ever done was a set of dollhouse horse head bookends made using toy horses and popsicle sticks. Tiny things are just so much fun!
Two Mistakes You’ve Made in the Past
1: Touching partially-cured resin. Okay, it wasn’t on purpose; I picked something up that I didn’t realize had resin drips on the bottom side. I don’t recommend it to anyone, it was a huge pain in the butt to get it off of my skin!
2: Dropping out of art school. I jumped headlong into a really challenging and serious program, and 18-year-old me wasn’t ready for the pressure. I always swore I would go back but I somehow never got around to it. Instead, I have 106 credits at the local community college, with classes in just about every subject you can imagine.
Three Things That Make Your Work Unique
1: I’m not afraid to experiment. New materials and techniques are exciting to me, and I love trying things I’ve never done before.
2: I have a strange, whimsical, geeky, twisted style and sense of humor, and I think that shows itself in a lot of my work. (Basically… I’m a weirdo.)
3: Having a diverse background in many mediums, from oil painting to lampwork glass to paper crafting and many other things in between, gives me a unique way of seeing materials. I like combining techniques from different disciplines to come up with my own way of doing things.
Four Tools You Love to Use
1: My binding machine. I found a great deal on a twin loop wire binder a few years ago and used it to turn all of my cereal boxes into notebooks. The machine paid for itself in a single craft show!
2: My precision tip scissors. They’re perfect for snipping in itty-bitty corners and nooks.
3: My round-nose jewelry pliers. I use wire in a lot of projects, and as far as I’m concerned there is no more essential tool for wire.
4: Where oh where would I be without my hot glue gun?
1: Nature. I grew up in the country and am lucky enough to live right in the heart of some of the best hiking in the Midwest, so I’ve always enjoyed spending a lot of time outdoors. I love working with materials like leaves and acorns that I find while I’m out in the woods.
2: Architecture. I’ve always enjoyed styles that are a little different, especially Gothic and Googie. If you’ve never heard of Googie architecture, think buildings that look like they belong in The Jetsons.
3: Being broke. No, really! Living a very frugal lifestyle makes you see things differently, and that view of the world nurtures and entirely different kind of creativity and inspiration.
4: Geekery. I’m an old-school nerd from way back. I was coding HTML in Notepad in 1992. I’ve seen every episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I heart being a nerd, and I enjoy bringing nerdy ideas and references into my work.
5: Other artists and crafters. I love seeing what other people are doing and how they are using materials. I keep an eye out for innovative thinkers who do things I’ve never seen before, and often find the work of others to inspire me to try new materials or techniques.