FAST Member Interview- Helen of Empress Barrettes

November 14th, 2009 by merigreenleaf

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What is your name?
Helen Reich

What is your Etsy shop?
Empress Barrettes

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else?
I am currently selling at 2 bricks and mortar stores in the Milwaukee area: The Sparrow Collective, and the gift shop at the Boerner Botanical Garden.

How long have you been making art/crafting? What was the first thing you remember making?
I have been making art very sporadically throughout my life, and my most recent project (my etsy shop) is the first time that I really worked at it and developed. I made my first barrette only about a year ago, my first bobby pin flower probably 8 months ago, my first headband a few weeks ago. The first thing I remember making as an adult, though, was a fabric collage Carnival mask.

What kind of fiber arts do you do?
I make formal and whimsical barrettes, hair clips, bridal headpieces, headbands. Most of the hair clips are flowers, but I’m starting to do some birds. They all use fabric, and many use beads or ribbon.

What’s your favorite thing to make?
I think my favorite thing to make is flower hair clips that have been modeled after existing flowers. I have a botanical fixation, left over from my Master Gardener training.

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FAST Member Interview- Stephanie of Strings and Things

November 7th, 2009 by merigreenleaf

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What is your name?
Stephanie A Smith

What is your Etsy shop?
Strings and Things http://www.StephanieASmith.etsy.com

Does your shop name have a meaning?
Not really. I just really liked it. The name sounded fun and I like to think that everyone is having fun with their Art.

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else?
I, also, have a small shop on Artfire. I’ve been working on my Etsy shop so much that I haven’t had a chance to really kick it off there, yet. I sell in person, as well, and love to barter when I can afford it.

Do you have a website or blog?
My blog is: http://stephanieasmith.wordpress.com

How long have you been making art/crafting?
Oh, since I was a little girl. My family has always been creative.

What was the first thing you remember making?
Besides natural little kid crayon scribbles (which, I think are really cool), I remember when I was about 7 sitting on the hearth at my grandmothers’ house as she taught me to embroider little flowers. She is no longer around, but I’ll always treasure my memories of her.

What kind of fiber arts do you do?
Everything! And, if I haven’t tried it, I am going to! I tend to work in phases. Right now, I’m really into spinning and working from raw fibers up through the process. I’m absolutely in love with the experience and it consumes every waking spare minute. Often, up to 14 hours a day. Eventually, I’ll slow down. I’ll bring out my beads, my silk threads and my sewing machine and dissolvable fabric. Or, I’ll take out lengths of undyed silk or cotton yardage and make dyed backgrounds for my Art quilts. Currently, I have just started playing with needlefelting on the side.

What’s your favorite thing to make?
My favorite thing to make would be whatever I am working on at the time. I totally get fixated by the process.

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FAST Member Interview- Amy of Peacebird Studio

October 24th, 2009 by merigreenleaf

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What is your name?
My name is Amy Harbison.

What is your Etsy shop? Does your shop name have a meaning?
My Etsy shop is Peacebird Studio. The name evolved from a nickname “windbird” and a quote by Sadako Suzuki “I will write ‘peace’ on your wings and you will fly all over the world.”

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else? Do you have a website or blog?
My blog http://peacebirdstudio.blogspot.com documents and highlights my dyeing adventures.

How long have you been making art/crafting?
I have been crafting in one form or another since early childhood.

What kind of fiber arts do you do? What’s your favorite thing to make?
I hand dye hemp blend fabrics. I love low water immersion dyeing fabrics and creating unique clothing and accessories.

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FAST Member Interview- Melody of Oh Baby dotcom

October 16th, 2009 by merigreenleaf

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What is your name?
Melody Tuli

What is your Etsy shop? Does your shop name have a meaning?
Oh Baby dotcom
Generally “Oh” is the first thing I say when I see something adorably cute on a baby, toddler or child. “Oh…that’s cute, or Oh how sweet!”

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else? Do you have a website or blog?
http://ohbabydotcom.bravehost.com
Yes. I have a website which I created myself having a background in computer graphics and web development, before I began selling on Etsy. My website isn’t really set up for sales yet. So I’m currently selling on Etsy.

How long have you been making art/crafting?
I’ve been artistic in some form or another since I was a child. My father was also very artistic. He taught me from an early age to make things rather than buying them.

What was the first thing you remember making?
Probably a handmade mother’s day card which my father helped me produce.

What kind of fiber arts do you do?
I design and create hand knit and crocheted items for baby, toddler and children.
Sizes from newborn to children.

If different from the previous question, what was the first fiber art thing you made?
I believe when I was a child, I crocheted rug for my mother using recycled plastic grocery bags.

What’s your favorite thing to make?
Designing my own patterns and creating cute Tunisian crochet knit jester hats.
I found a love of this Tunisian (Aka: Afgan Stitch) this year.

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FAST Member Interview- Leisa of Richmade

October 4th, 2009 by merigreenleaf

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What is your name?
Leisa Rich

What is your Etsy shop? Does your shop name have a meaning
richmade- It’s pretty simple – made by leisa rich – but also “rich” as quality, abundance of valuable resources, full of good ideas and creativity!

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else? Do you have a website or blog?
I am a professional artist and art educator. I exhibit around the world, have been featured on a PBS t.v. special on artists and have been published in books, magazines, etc. My art website is at www.monaleisa.com.

How long have you been making art/crafting? What was the first thing you remember making?
I started sewing at age 11. I still prefer the Bernina Minimatic I still have that was the machine I learned to sew on! I don’t remember the first thing I made, but I do remember the point at which my Mom refused to teach me anymore… when I started sewing tubes onto a bat wing coat! I am 49 years old, have been a designer for an international clothing company, did hats and woven sweaters for famous t.v. shows in the 80′s and 90′s, have been teaching since I was 15 and have a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Bachelor of Education in Art and a Master of Fine Arts. I’ve raised kids and worked while getting the last two degrees!

What kind of fiber arts do you do? If different from the previous question, what was the first fiber art thing you made?
My main preference is free motion stitching, but I have done everything associated with fiber arts. I love it all!The first non-functional thing I made was a massive woven sculptural piece.

What’s your favorite thing to make?
Right now I am working with vinyls a lot in both my art and in my items I sell in my etsy shop.

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FAST Member Interview- Sarabeth of Sarabee Designs

September 27th, 2009 by merigreenleaf

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What is your name?
Sarabeth Parido

What is your Etsy shop? Does your shop name have a meaning?
Sarabee Designs. I was always called Sarabee or SB growing up, so when it came to picking a name for my shop, it was pretty easy!

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else? Do you have a website or blog?
I sell at local art shows, or as of Labor Day weekend I will have officially. I do have a blog, http://www.sarabee.wordpress.com

How long have you been making art/crafting? What was the first thing you remember making?
I learned to knit when I was 8, but I’ve always had my hand in something crafty as far back as I can remember. The first thing I can remember knitting was a baby scarf… I don’t think I actually gave it to a baby… it was just skinny and short and I was a little too ADD to continue with that project! I learned to spin just this last year and cannot stop! My father built me a kick spindle and I spin on it exclusively. I would love to learn the actual spinning wheel… but I really love learning new techniques on my kick spindle and making it my own “thing”.

What kind of fibre arts do you do? If different from the previous question, what was the first fibre art thing you made?
I knit, spin and dye my own yarns as well as make point protectors for your knitting needles called “Poke-Me-Knots” (the idea for these came after I literally pulled a needle out of a friend’s backside after she sat on her project… not fun… she wasn’t badly hurt, but it broke skin!). I also build and paint my own drop spindles.

What’s your favourite thing to make?
I really enjoy spinning, but I also enjoy making the “Poke-Me-Knots” because each are so unique.

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FAST Member Interview- Linda of Lil Bit of Heaven Fibers

September 11th, 2009 by merigreenleaf

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What is your name?
Linda Wunce

What is your Etsy shop? Does your shop name have a meaning?
Lil Bit of Heaven Fiber- The name of my farm is Lil Bit of Heaven, and I use the letters LBOH when I would register my baby llamas and shetland sheep. The name is already know in the llama world, so naming the store was just a given.

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else? Do you have a website or blog?
I do sell my fibers at Greenberry House in Meadows of Dan, VA., my fibers are also on Leslie’s website of her store. I do have a blog, just started it a couple of weeks ago. It is http://lbohfibers.blogspot.com.

How long have you been making art/crafting? What was the first thing you remember making?
I have been doing crochet most of my life. My grandmother taught me how as a child. The spinning, knitting and dying yarns I have been doing for over 15 years.

What kind of fiber arts do you do? If different from the previous question, what was the first fiber art thing you made?
As I mentioned I do spin, knit and crochet. I am learning how to weave now. Also I do make custom hand carded batts. The first fiber thing that I made was a crochet scarf.

What’s your favorite thing to make?
I love making socks. They are easy to carry around so I can knit while I wait. Making a sock is fun and you get something really great in a few days.

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FAST Member Interview- Linda of Engelfelt Designs

September 4th, 2009 by merigreenleaf

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What is your name?
Hi! I’m Linda

What is your Etsy shop? Does your shop name have a meaning?
Engelfelt Designs is my shop. The first part was my Danish grandmother’s name, which also happens to mean “Angel”. The second part is one of my new passions, as you can see in my listings.

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else? Do you have a website or blog?
I sell locally within the state, at craft fairs and through word of mouth. No blog, yet. I’m Engelfelt on ravelry.

How long have you been making art/crafting? What was the first thing you remember making?
Since I was about 5 or 6. My first big project was a woven pillow in blue and gray (flying geese design) at age 8, followed by a pair of knitted yellow soakers for my baby sister.

What kind of fiber arts do you do? If different from the previous question, what was the first fiber art thing you made?
In the last year and a half, I have discovered the joys of felting and creating items using recycled sweaters. I make dozens of felted soaps each week, which have become a big hit in the shops where I sell them, as well as my recycled cashmere fingerless gloves, stuffed bunnies, tea cozies and pin cushions.

What’s your favorite thing to make?
I love surveying my stash of handspun yarns, and dreaming up a new design for a scarf or cowl. I rarely make the same thing twice. What drives me is to create something new, that I have never made before.

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FAST Member Interview- Wyncia

August 21st, 2009 by merigreenleaf

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What is your name?
Wyncia Clute. I live in the foothills above Boulder Colorado.

What is your Etsy shop? Does your shop name have a meaning?
My Etsy shop’s name is simply Wyncia’s Shop: Bags, Dolls, and More at Wyncia.etsy.com. I have had a website and blog for several years which is www.wyncia.com. I wanted the shop to tie in with my name for recognition, and because it is unusual and quite nice. It is from a Southern name Lou Wyncia which is from a Welsh name Llewyncia or something close to that.

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else? Do you have a website or blog?
In addition to the Etsy, I sell at local craft fairs and my co-op Uniquely Natural Healing Arts and Gifts (www.uniquelynatural.com and on Facebook as Uniquely Natural). I have been lacking the confidence to go out looking for consignment placements, though it is on my list.

How long have you been making art/crafting? What was the first thing you remember making?
My mother was a sewer, needle worker, and a puppeteer who was always making something. I have followed her path, though work and family restricted my time for years. Now with children grown and work reduced to part time assisting in my husband’s business, I devote my primary energies to developing my craft and creativity. The first things I remember making were doll clothes and puppets.

What kind of fiber arts do you do? If different from the previous question, what was the first fiber art thing you made?
I work with fabric to make bags, stuffed figures, and 2D images from fabric built of scraps of fiber and paper adhered to a gauze base.

What’s your favorite thing to make?
Bags are still my favorite. I like that they are useful, the pragmatist in me comes out. When I started sewing again about five years ago, I first made insulated ice cream bags for grocery shopping. Remember the triple layered paper and foil bags stores used to put our ice cream purchases in? As a girl I would go shopping with me father on Saturday mornings. He bought a ½ gallon carton of Neapolitan ice cream that the grocer put in that special bag to help keep it cold. Well, our stores do not do that anymore. We have to bring our own bags. So I made my own, then some for friends, then other shopping type bags with insulation…and I was off.

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FAST Member Interview- Melisa of Alba Ranch

August 14th, 2009 by merigreenleaf

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(4 Seasons wall hanging- see below for info on this)

What is your name?
Melisa K. Morrison

What is your Etsy shop? Does your shop name have a meaning?
Alba Ranch (www.albaranch.etsy.com) Alba is Gaelic for Scotland. Since my husband is born and raised in Scotland and we were living in Scotland when we bought our Colorado homestead, we thought it fitting as it is our Scotland.

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else? Do you have a website or blog?
www.morrison.uk.net/melisablog

I joined our local art council this year and have begun to enter several of the local art shows. During a show, my entries will hang and be for sale. I also do commissioned work for individuals and businesses.

How long have you been making art/crafting? What was the first thing you remember making?
My mother taught me how to crochet pot holders when I was a young child. My art also extends to music and I have been involved in singing, piano, flute and other instrumental work since I was about 5 years old.

What kind of fibre arts do you do? If different from the previous question, what was the first fibre art thing you made?
I spin, weave, wet felt, dye, crochet, and raise the critters from the hoof up. I don’t knit and refused to try to lea to the very horror of the Scottish ladies in my fiber group in Turriff. After attempting to learn how to knit this last year, I have decided to retain my original opinion that knitting sucks and stick to crocheting. ahha I do much better with ONE stick!!

What’s your favourite thing to make?
I enjoy making many different things and don’t think I have a favourite but I do seem to make many scarves all the time! haha

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