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1. Where can we find your work and what do you create?
My main shops are on Artfire, Etsy and Zibbet. I create a wide range of unique goods from Hand Pressed Buttons to Eco- Home Goods to Fun, Fantasy Accessories.
2. What's your favorite part about being an independent artist?
The freedom to work when you are inspired and set your own limits and hours. The spark of an idea can come at the most random time and it is great to be able to go with it.
3. Where do you find your inspiration?
It can be anywhere..Life, movies and the materials themselves. Sometimes, I will lay out some fabric, beads, trim, lace, and let the piece define itself.
4. What advice would you give to other artists?
You do not need the validation from others about your art. You can open the door to some negative feedback and it will be hard to get yourself back on track. Some people just do not see the difference in handmade work and they will judge it like a big box store creation. Others that envy talent can be jealous and negative. Open the door to the positive, creative thoughts and don't let others define you. Hey, I have a quirky sense of creativity and not everyone gets me and I am more than fine with that.
If you are just getting started... practice, practice, practice. Don't be afraid to take it apart, start over or re-invent the piece. The beginner pieces are not the best you will create. Keep one of them and every now and then, look at it and see how you have advanced your skills. Ask yourself: Could I have done better? If you said yes, learn from the mistake and begin again. If you get stuck on how to complete it, put it in the middle of the table, look at it, ignore it or sleep on the problem, you will solve the puzzle.
Now for what she's giving away:
But wait! It's not just the above picture - it's winner's choice of buttons!
$15 in Buttons... ABEO Art Canvas Buttons or Regular Pinbacks-BadgeReels-Openers-
Here's some linky's to give you ideas: