Tell us a bit about what you do.
I have been drawn to making for as long as I can remember and over the last five years I had begun working in a variety of mediums including wool, coloured pencil, and paint. My needle-felted items came about as a result of a failed commission but never heard back from her and so I decided to to order up a beginner kit and try it out for myself. I fell in love! It really is such a relaxing craft but my favourite part is seeing the smiles it brings from people during shows...who does love seeing tiny fluffy things?
What do you do to keep yourself motivated and interested in your work?
Often what I'll do after a stretch of say, making realistic-style feltings is to push out a couple of quick sketches or made up creatures or lay out some painting backgrounds. I find loosening up with a different movement or medium is enough to send fresh ideas racing back into my head.
What advice do you have for other folks who like making things?
Never stop creating even if you're feeling discouraged. Stopping even for a little while because you feel you're not as good as someone else can set you so far back on the awesome potential that is you! Also, don't be afraid to try new things and work outside of your comfort zone every now and then whether it's working with a new medium or trying out a different type of subject matter. Your creations matter whether you ever end up sharing them with others or not so show yourself some love.
What is your favourite thing you have created?
As my art has changed over time so have my favourite pieces, each medium brings a whole new element to a particular piece so it can be hard to choose just one. However, in the past few years as I’ve been focusing heavily on my needle felted creations more of my favourite pieces come out of that. This past winter I created my largest wool sculpture to date, a reindeer, it was so much fun creating something bigger and when I took him with me to Makers Market (in Sudbury) everyone had such a great reaction to him.
Have other people supported or inspired you?
I honestly have to say that my fellow artists in the community are some of my greatest inspirations and supporters. It’s amazing to witness all of the great projects that have been created here in the Sudbury area since I first arrived 20 years ago through their collaboration. Today it’s easy to find all types of creative people such as photographers, make-up artists, and traditional artists working together on a project or recommending one another to potential clients, it’s wonderful! I also have to give special shout-out to three amazing people who have always been super supportive of my work. My mom Sally of One of a Kind Cards for being my biggest original fan, my husband Tod for being my vendor-tent buddy and always pushing me to keep on creating, and my friend Barb of BAL’s Phoenix Photography for always taking the time to answer my questions and forever sharing my work.
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