Thursday, March 18, 2010
Interviews Day 12!
Business Name: Cordial Kitten
Location: Indianapolis, IN
What do you make? Cute and sinister original illustrations and matching pendants, plus some plush and soft broaches.
How did you learn your art/craft? I grew up in an artsy family, with a mom who is a fine artist and a dad who designed and built houses. I wanted to be like them, and have drawn, sewn, and built things for as long as I can remember. I went to the Herron School of Art at IUPUI where I studied illustration, but I never gave up sewing and embroidery for fun.
Where do you get your inspiration from? Anywhere I can. I spend a lot of time looking at other crafters' products on etsy, and I love flipping through children's books for their beautiful artwork. If I'm stumped for an idea, I'll listen to music with lyrics I love, or just go outside for a walk.
Do you have a "real world" job? I work part time at the library branch in my neighborhood. I love books, and working there gives me a really good excuse to spend hours flipping through the children's books I love.
Your five favorite things: My husband Brandon, my kitty Mona, chips and salsa, Flight of the Conchords, and a really good latte.
Who are your favorite artists/crafters? Here are just a few:
Julian Hector (http://www.julianhector.com//)
Janice Nadeau (http://www.janicenadeau.com//)
Sophie Blackall (http://www.sophieblackall.com/frameintro.html)
Carson Ellis (http://www.carsonellis.com/index.html)
Renata Liwska (http://www.renataliwska.com/)
Where can we find you?
http://www.cordialkitten.com/, http://www.cordialkitten.etsy.com/, Lala Gallery in lafayette indiana (http://www.lalagallery.com//) and the Renegade Handmade store in Chicago (http://renegadehandmade.com/)
Business Name: Craftastica Artists Co-Op
What do you make? Upcycled hand screen printed t-shirts, eco-friendly market bags, art prints, scarves, cloth napkins, upcycled felted wool wristwarmers, hats, plush toys and evolving everyday.
How did you learn your art/craft? We are autonomous artists and glean from many sources.
Your five favorite things: Music, thrift stores, digging in the dirt, Craftastic field trips and coffee.
Where can we find you?
You can find, facebook, tweet and etsy us wacky women at http://www.craftasticacoop.com/