A couple weeks ago my friend Jewels asked me to participate in a question and answer artist blog tour. The tour sounded easy enough, no house to clean, no cookies to bake, just answer four questions about your creative process.
What am I working on?
Like so many creative sorts, I always have more projects in process than I can count. Some were started with the intention that they be long term like this knitted patchwork throw that I started way back in 2009. Or this "journal quilt" that I started last fall.
In the short term, I like working on stitching projects like this apron.
Or making fast projects like these "pinnies".
I've also started to keep a journal to play in- mostly collage and doodling.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Beats me. I guess I don't spend a lot of time thinking about my own work in terms of what other people might be making. I look at a lot of artist's websites and blogs for inspiration, but I create what makes me happy.
Why do I write/create what I do?
I've always had the basic urge to create, even when I was five or six years old, I was making my own books and trying to build a better Lego house.
What I make now is inspired by my love of vintage. As an antique dealer, I run across so many beautiful pieces of the past, and I like to reuse and repurpose them, especially old textiles, sewing notions and paper.
How does my writing/creating process work?
It almost always starts with the materials. I see a pretty piece of fabric, ribbon or lace that inspires me, and I want to work with. I'll look through my stash for complimentary pieces of lace, trim, beading etc- and then I'm off to the races on my next project.
Part of this blog hop is to name other artists to play along. I think the questions are interesting, and I enjoyed thinking about what really makes my work "tick". If you'd like to play along and do a blog post answering the questions, leave a link in the comments so we can visit.