Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m an old at heart youngish person who likes cats, knitting, and crafting in general. I’m also really goofy.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I’m a therapist by day, working with kids. It’s always interesting!
What would be the title of your memoir? Why?
Maybe something like “Catladying: a collection of vague and unnecessarily detailed stories about the art and life of one person in time,” because I’m something of a cat lady… and I tend to make short stories long. It would be only fitting that my memoir would be the same!
Where does your inspiration come from?
It comes from things I’ve seen and things I would like to see, from nature to fashion to old family photos.
What does handmade mean to you?
Handmade means someone cared about this.
Who has been most influential in your craft?
My sisters, because they’re my sounding board for how projects are going.
When did you know you were an artist/maker?
There’s no specific time I began considering myself an artist or maker. I’ve just always liked making my own things or wanting to do things myself. My dad has always been an independent type, and the kind of person who looks at something and goes, “I could probably make that,” and I’ve always kind of been that way too.
How would you describe your creative process?
When I make something for the first time, I usually don’t have a particular plan in mind. I’m a very spur of the moment person. Some of my favorite work began as something entirely different from what I intended. I gather materials I want to work with, and see what happens.
If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
The Yarn Harlot or Spilly Jane!
What handmade possession do you most cherish?
A painting I found at a Salvation Army. I can’t read the signature, and have no idea who made it –but it’s gorgeous.
How do you get out of your creative ruts?
Doodling with Zig pens, crocheting circles or rectangles, or mashing up clay… and seeing what happens.
Where would you like to be in ten years?
Maybe in a place with a little more clarity. I’ve finished grad school and I’m enjoying my job, so I’m taking it easy at the moment and not stressing over five- or ten-year plans!
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