Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Interview series Day 3! Art 2 The Extreme and Elms and Cedars!

Name: Nicole Lewis
Business Name: Art 2 The Extreme by Nicole
Location: Fishers, IN

What do you make? Ceramics, Original Art, Up-cycled Scarves, but I am most well known for my Rainbow Crayons! I have a little "Something for Everyone..." as my store motto states.

How did you learn your art/craft? I have been creating art all my life. I have a degree in Visual Arts Education from Ball State University with a concentration in Ceramics. I love trying new projects and ideas and strive to take new classes when I can.

Where do you get your inspiration from? My inspiration comes from my travels to other countries my love of teaching art to children. From the start, my elementary teacher sparked my interest and love or art. My high school art teacher taught me to try new things and was where the inspiration came from to be an art teacher!

Do you have a "real world" job? Yes! I teach elementary art at two elementary schools (K-5). I love every moment of it. Being an art teacher is the best job in the world because I get to play and create things all day with my students!

Your five favorite things: IcecreIce cream legs, international travel, clay, spending time with my husband.

Who are your favorite artists/crafters? Vincent Van Gogh, Brad Holmes (Local Ceramic Artist), Kate Fitzpatrick (http://www.katefitzpatrick.etsy.com/), LuckyDuckyDesigns (http://www.luckyduckydesigns.etsy.com/), and sooo many more!

Where can we find you?

My Rainbow Crayons can be found in 8 stores currently around the country.

Name: Ashley Martz
Business Name: Elms and Cedars
Location: Indianapolis

What do you make? Hand knit baby clothing and accessories, along with some sewn pieces many crafted from recycled materials.

How did you learn your art/craft? My mother taught me the basics of knitting in a car in a mall parking lot! Beyond that I'm self-taught in the knitting arena. I studied Apparel Merchandising at IU and honed my sewing skills there.
Where do you get your inspiration from? I find materials I love and go from there. I usually don't have a master plan. I love finding vintage fabrics or shopping thrift stores for cast off sweaters that I can re-purpose.

Do you have a "real world" job? I manage a clothing boutique and online store in Indianapolis.

Your five favorite things: Cheese, kittens, fresh flowers, period pieces, and sushi.

Who are your favorite artists/crafters? I love poking around etsy to see what other crafters are putting out there.

Where can we find you?

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