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Hello!!! I know, I got off to a late start today, but don’t worry– this week’s featured artist is definitely worth the wait! I am so happy to introduce you to Grace from Andwabisabi. Grace sells the cutest, fun and simple-to-make counted cross stitch patterns!

Featured Handmade Artist-Andwabisabi

Seriously, how fun is that? These look easy enough that even I could make them. I’m so not a cross-stitch (or counted-cross stitch) person, but I’m so in love with these fun designs that I’m thinking about trying one…

Check out some of her other cool designs:

Featured Handmade Artist- Andwabisabi

Hi Grace! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Grace Kim and I’m the girl behind Andwabisabi Cross Stitch. I live in Southern California with my family and puppy, (my bundle of joy) Mochi! During the day, I work as a Graphic Designer and Product Developer in Wall Decor. Once I’m off the clock I love to cross-stitch, cook and bake. I do love to pick up a random craft during the weekend or spend hours upon hours at craft stores.

What is the first craft project you remember making?

I used to make paper dolls and cut out colorful little outfits and wigs for them. The possibilities were endless and I would churn out little outfits for them all day long!

What inspires you?

My inspiration comes from nature and anything I come across during the day. I am definitely drawn to textures and patterns and love to take snapshots of anything that interests me. Inspiration comes from a color that I’ve become enamored with, or a conversation I shared with my close friend, or even from the dinner menu. I carry around a little notebook where I jot down these ideas and sketches, which comes in very handy when I’m ready to start designing.

Can you please describe some of your creative process?

I refer to my handy little notebooks. I like to spend some time picking a topic that strikes my chord before I jump into the design aspect. Sometimes I will do a little research on the topic, other times I’ll jump right in. I start out with a rough shape in mind and move around the pixels until I settle on the design. After the design is set, it’s time to play with color! Often times, I will start out with a certain finish in mind, only to end up with something completely different- I love this process, because it is when I come out with the best designs.

Featured Handmade Artist- Andwabisabi

What is your most prized handmade possession?

I love the hand-knit scarf my grandmother made me some 15 years ago. It’s made out of really itchy pink yarn, but it makes me laugh every time I wrap myself in it.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new etsy seller, what would it be?

I would have to say, keep doing what you love. Perseverance is key, keep developing your craft, continuously learn, and soon you will discover your niche.

What are some of the ways you promote your work?

Word of mouth, I’m fortunate to have lovely customers who refer their friends and family to my shop.
I also have a flickr and twitter account, as well as a FB page and blog. I spend a lot of time developing new items for the shop and try to upload new product every week.
Etsy – andwabisabi.etsy.com
Flickr – flickr.com/applepieorder
Twitter – twitter.com/andwabisabi
Facebook – www.facebook.com/pages/Andwabisabi-Cross-Stitch/439023620472
Blog – apple-pie-order.blogspot.com

What are three websites you couldn’t live without?

Etsy.com, Craftcult.com, Pandora.com

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I’d love to be happy and healthy, with some extra wrinkles, surrounded by family and crafty friends! I’d also love to own a little cross-stitch boutique and share the love of cross-stitch with a lot of people.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

I’d love to fly, that way I’d be able to travel all over the world and have the experience of my life.

Thank you so much Grace!!! It was a pleasure to get to know a little bit more about the super creative force behind Andwabisabi. I urge everyone to take some time and check out her shop. There are so many wonderful cross stitch items to chose from (hey! Mother’s Day is coming up!!!)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/andwabisabi

If you would like to be considered for my weekly features, please send me an email or convo– I’d love to hear from you!!!!

Hang in there! It’s almost Friday!

-April
http://www.creativeapples.etsy.com

Hi! Happy Thursday! I am so excited to bring you today’s Featured Handmade Artist, LiaLane. I love her beeswax paintings. Her images are so haunting. It’s gotta be something with the eyes of her characters… And the beeswax just adds a sort of luminosity to the paintings. I bet these are incredible in real life!

Primitive Folk Art School Beeswax Painting by LiaLane

(Seriously? Look at those eyes!)
Check out some of her other gorgeous paintings!

LiaLane

Hi Lia! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Lia Lane and I am crazy, awkward painter who lives in her head and the things I make come from there. But when I’m not painting I live in Neosho, Missouri.

How long have you been creating?

I’ve been creating things all my life, but I’ve been doing this folk art thing for a little over 3 years now.

What is the inspiration behind your pieces?

I have so many inspirations but mostly I have this obsessive dislike for getting my portrait taken, my beauty just doesn’t photograph well..(ha!)
So, I make these portraits of girls who can be admittedly awkward, but yet are so beautiful in there imperfections. Oh, and music plays a part as well, really anything I am watching or reading comes into play when I paint. You are what you eat.:)

What is your dream job?

I would love to be a writer for Saturday Night Live, I am constantly making funny skits.

Can you describe your creative process?

Since I use a lot of patterned papers, I usually begin there. I like to paint along with the seasons, right now I am heavy into Fall. So I use papers, paint and feelings that remind me of Fall. Then, Whoa I don’t know it’s like I am in some sort of daze and all of sudden my painting is done. But I do know itunes and loads of coffee are involved always!

What item would you be secretly heartbroken if it sold?

You know I make every painting for myself and then I am SO over it and ready for it to go. And if someone likes it enough to buy, I am always shocked but ready to say goodbye.

How do you promote your work?

I am pretty lazy I guess, because I solely rely on Facebook. I know I probably need a blog, but eh I am just not that girl yet. Hopefully one day!

What are some of your favorite books, movies, musicians, and websites?

I am huge fan of books and music that I feel could have easily been written by me. (If I had their talent ha) I love short stories by Miranda July and Dorothy Parker. I am huge Sylvia Plath fan. I’m a fan of tortured souls. I could go on and on about music but a few of my all time favorites are Regina Spektor, Fiona Apple and Sia. A new obsession is Florence and the Machine. I love woman who bare their soles for us to enjoy.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

Hmm. Is there a super power to heal broken hearts? That’s what I would choose. I would love nothing more than to take pain away from others.

Thank you so much Lia!!! I’ve enjoyed getting to know you a little better, and I hope others have as well!!!! Stop by Lia’s shop and check out all of her beautiful beeswax paintings!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/LiaLane

Hello, hello, hello!!! Happy Thursday!  I have a really fun Featured Handmade Artist this week– Allison from allisonbook. I love her shop! Her buttons/magnets are so fun and so clever! I can totally see a couple of these pinned to my camera bag, most notably, the “Sometime I try to be brave” pin…

Here are a few more fun examples of her pins:

Welcome to Just Say It by Allisonbook

Hi Allison! Can you please tell us a little about yourself?

I make one inch buttons (or magnets). Each button has its own text which is attached to an appropriate image by hand. The text I use comes from many sources such as my old journals, things I hear people say, and things I hear myself say. My button line has recently expanded into a series of cards which are also for sale on my Etsy shop. Even though I focus on buttons/magnet/cards on my Etsy shop I actually have a BFA majoring in fibres along with a diploma in textile studies.

What is the inspiration behind your pieces?

Honesty. Whether it’s sad, happy, funny, or strange, good things come from being honest.

How long have you been creating?

A very very long time. I took art classes growing up, in and outside of school, I then did a college diploma in arts, followed by a fine arts degree. It’s just something I’ve always been into.

What is your dream job?

Pastry chef.

Can you please describe a little bit of your creative process?

For some button ideas, I reread past journals that I’ve kept and look for those sentences that just sum up everything that I was going through. These include texts such as “I don’t want to let go but what else can I do if you’re not holding on” and “but I don’t want to scare you away with all the words I can’t find” among many others.

What item would you be secretly heartbroken if it sold?

I don’t think there are any really. But I do get excited when someone buys the shark week pin, I’m glad there are other shark week fans out there.

What are some of the ways you promote your work?
I promote my work through blog interviews, of course, through Etsy, and by participating in local craft fairs.

Thanks so much Allison!!! I hope that you all check out her shop
allisonbook.etsy.com
and pick up that shark week pin for yourself. You know you want to…
-Cheers!

If you would like to recommend an artist you’d like to see me feature on my blog (or if you’d like to be featured!), please feel free to leave the shop name in the comments section, or feel free to email me aprilbern at gmail dot com. I’m always on the lookout for more awesome shops to interview/feature!

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