Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Interview Series Day 25: Wholly Craft! and Tonic Shop

Name: Olivera Bratich
Business Name: Wholly Craft!
Location: Columbus, Ohio

What do you make?
Jewelry, buttons, and baubles of various shapes, sizes, and media. I also operate a shop featuring handmade goods from over 150 crafters and artists. We carry everything from tshirts and skirts to plush, paper goods, home décor, and much more.

How did you learn your art/craft?
Most of my craft skills were gleaned from experimentation, the internet, and the public library. I picked up various business skills from workshops through the Small Business Administration.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
Lots of places, but what comes to mind is yard/estate sales. I love seeking what folks have collected over the years. I’m also inspired on a daily basis by all of the great work we have in the shop. Seeing new items from our long-time sellers always puts a smile on my face.

Do you have a "real world" job?
Running the shop is a full-time job, but I also work in HIV community planning. I help coordinate care through the Ryan White Emergency Financial Assistance Program, which provides care for low-income people living with HIV. A fine example of the government providing health care to those in need. Apparently, it can happen!

Your five favorite things:
Cats, Lifetime movies (or anything similarly over-dramatic and based on a true story), bourbon, feminism, and sequins.

Who are your favorite artists/crafters?
Way too many to list them all, but some of my favorite local crafters/artists include:
Made by AmyD
Sweet Stella Designs

Where can we find you?
At 3169 N. High St. in Columbus from 12-7pm Saturdays, 12-5pm on Sundays and 1-8pm weekdays (except Tuesdays). We’re also available at:

Name: Kat Phillips
Business Name: Tonic Shop
Location: Bloomington

What do you make?
I make wreaths, felt flower arrangements, bookmarks, accessories and jewelry galore!

How did you learn your art/craft? Trial and error

Where do you get your inspiration from? Everywhere really...I often find color combos from all of the adorable homes in Bloomington

Do you have a "real world" job? If a full-time grad student/part-time TA counts...then yes.

Your five favorite things: dancing, Halloween, laughing, sandwiches, and a good book on a rainy day

Who are your favorite artists/crafters? My friend Elissa, my friend Erin (also a Bloomington local),,,,, and many many many more :)

Where can we find you?!/pages/Kitschy-Kuties-Boutique/229801303078?ref=sgm

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Interview Day 24: Sakura Urban

Name: Theresa Goodwin
Business Name: Sakura Urban
Location: Downtown Indianapolis

What do you make? leather handbags and accessories

How did you learn your art/craft? Believe it or not, I am a self taught seamstress. On a whim one day, I bought my very first sewing machine, book, and fabric and went home and learned to sew by following patterns. I had never even threaded a machine before!!! It was a learning experience. That was 2005. Now it's 2010 and I have learned so much since. I make my own patterns and designs... but I'm still always perfecting and learning new things about sewing.

Where do you get your inspiration from? From nature and being in the city. I find the colors that you see in both nature and an urban setting completely inspiring. It could be the way two colors compliment each other or things that you see that just "click". I also love textures.

Do you have a "real world" job? This is it! I was able to quit my job a couple of years ago and take this up full time. We have made so many professional connections and started doing trade shows. I have been able to maintain a steady income doing this so it's been perfect!

Your five favorite things: Coffee, antiques, going for walks, being in the city, and my industrial sewing machine.

Who are your favorite artists/crafters? Moop, Brooke Medlin, The Binding Bee, and Blue Scarab... to name just a few of many!

Where can we find you? You can find me in various places! Visit my "wholesale and product retailers" page on my website at to see the retailers that carry my work. You can also find me locally at Marigold, Girly Chic, and Relish.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Interview Day 23: Owlette Collective

Name: Jessica Bornick and Britt Willis
Business Name: Owlette Collective
Location: Bloomington, IN and Nashville, TN

What do you make? We make clothing for little ones, like bibs, bloomers and dresses; we also make accessories for busy parents: market bags, quick-change diaper wallets, and take-along crayon rolls to name a few.

How did you learn your art/craft? We both learned to sew in elementary school. Jessica holds a degree in fashion design while Britt is mostly self-taught; when we met five years ago we began collaborating and sharing skills.

Where do you get your inspiration from? In regards to design, we both love vintage details combined with modern style. When Jessica found out she was pregnant, focusing on baby/kid/parent sewing seemed like the natural choice! Britt approached sewing through quilt-making while Jessica took to garment construction; both practices are rooted in tradition. We both have mothers, grandmothers, and so on who sewed for utility or as their trade, so the act of sewing connects us to our past. That is a huge inspiration!

Do you have a "real world" job? Jessica sews freelance: alterations, wedding dresses, drag Madonna costumes, and odd piece work. Britt manages an independent quilt shop and sews for profit here and there.

Your five favorite things:

between the two of us, we came up with:

-sewing, obviously

-Jessica's baby, who will explode onto the scene mid-May!

-herbal medicine (Jessica)

-bread-baking (Britt)

-Dragon Park in Nashville, TN, home to a gigantic mosaic dragon

Who are your favorite artists/crafters?

Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin for her sustainable business model (

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, surrealist fashion designer (

the quilters of Gee's Bend, Alabama (

Where can we find you?
Britt maintains a blog at as well as an Etsy of small things at Jessica sells her work under the name Parasol at Treehouse Kids in Chattanooga, TN and Serendipity in Nashville, TN.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Interview Day 22: Bad Ass Glass

Name: Penny Knight and Sarah Cravens
Business Name: Bad Ass Glass
Location: Indianapolis

What do you make?
Stained glass novelties: sun catchers, panels, jewelry, boxes and miscellaneous accessories.

How did you learn your art/craft?
Sarah is a self-taught artisan turned professional, and Penny has been to Sarah’s school of stained glass. They have otherwise dabbled in many art media, and have mastered a few.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
Well, we started thinking about tattoo imagery, old school Sailor Jerry stuff at first. We soon expanded our thinking to include a wider realm of subversive imagery that is prevalent in the tattoo arts. There is a lot of cross over between how we consider an idea that might be odd or ironic as stained glass, in the same way people can be very inventive and radical in expressing their ideas through tattoo imagery.

Do you have a "real world" job?
Yes, Sarah, formerly of Fox Studios, has recently returned to school to complete her BFA in Art History. She currently works part time at The Aristocrat while attending classes at Herron School of Art. Sarah plays bass in the local rock ensemble Dark Matter Halos. Penny, a Herron as well as Arizona State University alumni, holds a BFA in Fine Art Photography and a Psychology minor, and currently works full time with adolescents in crisis at a local shelter, Stopover, Inc.

Your five favorite things:
Fine art, fine music, fine friends, fine food, and fine cocktails, the good stuff!

Who are your favorite artists/crafters?
That is a difficult question to answer, in part because Bad Ass Glass is a partnership. Not only do our tastes vary between the both of us, we each have such wide ranges of individually subjective interests, it is difficult to pin down faves. People ask what our favorite colors are? We say all of them! Who is our favorite musician? We ask, from which genre and according to what criteria? We are critical thinkers with open minds who love diversity yet demand quality.
We love everything outside mainstream and corporate culture, simply because we celebrate the existence of such renegades. We love History and all Fine Arts, the classics as well as the avant garde. Is it edgy? Is it handmade? Is it cool? Well then yes, of course we love it. If it digs deeper and slaps you in the face with a spin on reality that you have not yet considered, even better.

Where can we find you?

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Interview Day 21: Good To Go Eco

Name: Erin Powell and Judy Evans
Business Name: Good to Go Eco
Location: Indianapolis, IN

What do you make? We make an eclectic variety of unique, handmade eco-friendly gifts such as iPhone sleeves, cup cozies, pin cushions, and gift wrap to go. Many of our items are made from upcycled materials.

How did you learn your art/craft? Judy was raised creating with an active involvement in 4H sewing, photography and painting programs. Judy received her degree in fashion design and passed down her creative skills to Erin. Erin received her degree in Art Eduction. As a mother-daughter team, both have created everything from fine art to graphic design to gift items. Some skills were learned through formal eduction in the arts and some were self-taught as the mood and need arose.

Where do you get your inspiration from? Inspiration comes in many forms. Everything from daily life, nature, Decor8, Anthropologie, fellow Etsians and Erin's daughter, Isabella provide visual and functional ideas.

Do you have a "real world" job? Erin is a Product Specialist for Fusion Alliance, an Indianapolis IT company. Judy is a full-time grandmother and fine artist.

Your five favorite things: Family, Creating, Everyday Beauty, Decorating and Repurposing

Who are your favorite artists/crafters? Love the entire Etsy community! One of my favorite regional artists is Dolan Geiman. And of course, Holly Becker, of Decor8 has just a fabulous aesthetic!

Where can we find you?

Friday, March 26, 2010

Interview Day 20: craftycrew

Name: Jill Clancy, Amanda Clancy, Linda Parrott, and Brandi Myers
Business Name: craftycrew and now also, Altar'Designs
Location: Bloomington, IN

What do you make? hand crafted ash wood recipe boxes, flip-top recipe boxes, hand crafted ash wood "Wedding Wish" address file boxes, notecards, cards, paper bookmarks, altered rolodex's, and glass tile pendants.

How did you learn your art/craft? Self taught actually.

Where do you get your inspiration from? ETSY, magazines, HGTV, and wedding and craft blogs.

Do you have a "real world" job?

Yes, Jill Clancy - I.U. School of Library and Informations Science,

Linda Parrott - I.U. UITS,

Amanda Clancy - Truffles Restaurant,

Brandi Myers - Full-time student at I.U.

Your five favorite things: chocolate!, fabric, scrapbook paper, food, and shopping!

Who are your favorite artists/crafters?

Where can we find you?

FARM Restaurant - seasonal

Cactus Flower - glass tile pendants

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Interviews Day 19: strawberrycherry!

Name: Nicole Bilby
Business Name: strawberrycherry!
Location: Bloomington, In

What do you make? Handknitted and crocheted dolls and accessories, handspun yarn, other goodies as I'm inspired

How did you learn your art/craft? I started crocheting as a little girl and picked it up again about 5 years ago. I've been teaching myself new tricks ever since!

Where do you get your inspiration from? Cute illustrations, cartoons, friends.

Do you have a "real world" job? Unfortunately...

Your five favorite things: sour candy, chai tea, handspun yarn, purple, star trek

Who are your favorite artists/crafters?

My friend Jean -

Woo! -

There are so many more I don't even know...

Where can we find you?

The Bloomington Handmade Market!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Interview Day 18: Get Lathered Soap Company

Name: Rhonda Frye
Business Name: Get Lathered Soap Company
Location: Indianapolis

What do you make? Handcrafted soaps, lip balms, solid shampoos & conditioners

How did you learn your art/craft? Initially I taught myself using books. Later I found online groups that offered information and fabulous camaraderie.

Where do you get your inspiration from? My inspiration first and foremost is using my science background to formulate exceptional products. Secondarily, I find artistic inspiration everywhere in nature--even in food

Do you have a "real world" job? Yep--- I'm a pharmacist

Your five favorite things: my family, soapmaking, wine, food, my dog

Who are your favorite artists/crafters? Nicole of, Megan of

Where can we find you?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Interview Day 17: Vernon Ave. and Never Contented Things

Name: Toni Johnson
Business Name: Vernon Ave
Location: Louisville, Kentucky

What do you make?
I specialize in handcrafted handbags made from new, vintage and recycled materials. I really adore the new vintage inspired and retro modern fabrics in cotton, as well. I love haunting thrift stores. I have been going thrifting since I was a child. I had the coolest aunt that collected vintage lingerie, clothing and handbags

How did you learn your art/craft? Self Taught although I was always around crafts and sewing. My Mom made my sister, myself and her matching outfits when I was a child.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
My adoration for handbags began with my grandmothers Julia Belle, Elizabeth and my mother Michelle from a very young age. It is in my blood. The beauty, craftsmanship and design of vintage handbags are amazing. And there began the collection and intrigue. I have many bags that were my Grandmothers that she carried to parties, the Kentucky Derby and such. I love that history. I really enjoy reading about the history of handbags.

Do you have a "real world" job? I consider this a real job. However I am a professionally trained graphic designer.

Your five favorite things: This is almost tragic. I have so many favorite things. travelling, sewing, baking, music, old movies

Who are your favorite artists/crafters? ohhh, this is so hard!


Coco Chanel

Melissa Averinos

Paul Rand

Anais Nin

Where can we find you?


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Name: Erin Paulson and Zoë Bare
Business Name: Never Contented Things
Location: Chicago, IL

What do you make? Handmade paper wares – from elegant wearable items to beautiful functional ones.

How did you learn your art/craft? From taking papermaking workshops with Andrea Peterson and Helen Hiebert, two papermaking masters. And by experimenting with a combination of ideas and a variety of both common and unusual materials.

Where do you get your inspiration from? Organic forms and natural occurrences.

Do you have a "real world" job? Yes, we’re both photographers. Erin currently works freelance and Zoë works full-time for a Chicago auction house.

Your five favorite things: Pie! (of all varieties) Movies, both excellent and bad. Paper in all of its incarnations. Baking cookies, and then eating them. Making things in general with our four bare hands.

Who are your favorite artists/crafters? We both like Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, Erica Shires, and Ryan McGinley. Erin, having more of a bookbinding background, loves the books of Monique Lallier. Zoë’s interest in printmaking has led to a fascination with Lynd Ward.

Where can we find you?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Day 16: Mamus!

Name: That would be James Judd.
Business Name: Mamus!
Location: Indianapolis, IN

What do you make?
Crappy monster themed thingymajigs...a shit ton of them! Mostly created from polymer clay, found objects and paint.

How did you learn your art/craft?
By mistake mostly. I like to tinker with and manipulate various art media to explore how they can be used in my work. The Internet helped also.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
I find inspiration from a variety of places and things. From silly cartoons, cranky old people, vintage electronics and useless facts. Oh, and drunk monsters.

Do you have a "real world" job?
Yes i do. Nothing exciting though.

Your five favorite things:
1.thrift store things

2.old things

3.bikes things

4.monstrous things

5.cute things

Who are your favorite artists/crafters?

artist-Deth P. Sun

Where can we find you?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Interviews Day 15: Brown County Glassworks and Conduit Press

Name: Anne Brahaum
Business Name: Brown County Glassworks
Location: Nashville, IN

What do you make? Stained and fused glass functional art and jewelry- mostly lamps, bowls, plates, vases, earrings and pendants

How did you learn your art/craft? I took many stained glass classes in high school and have been perfecting my skills ever since. I took a glass fusing class last year and now I'm hooked on fusing.

Where do you get your inspiration from? the color combinations and beauty of nature with a modern twist.

Do you have a "real world" job? mom to two little kids and part time special education teacher.

Your five favorite things: chocolate, my kids, chocolate, being outside, chocolate

Who are your favorite artists/crafters? Frank Lloyd Wright and the countless artists I've come into contact with over the last two years through art shows, etsy, and glass fusing communities- I am constantly awestruck at their creativity and skills!

Where can we find you?
Name: Talia Halliday
Business Name: Conduit Press
Location: Bloomington, IN

What do you make? handmade & vintage books, albums and cards

How did you learn your art/craft? I've been making various sorts and types of photo albums and scrapbooks since I was a wee one, but not until my senior year in college did I learn the true art that was bookbinding. In a class taught at the Collins LLC on "Creating Artist's Books" by Yara Cluver I learned how to use archival materials to create beautiful long-lasting books using a variety of sewing techniques and papers.

Where do you get your inspiration from? Actually, quite a few places. My family. Nature. Type. Technology. Old world 'things'. I find myself at this odd crossroads sometimes between modern and traditional and I just have to merge the two together instead of choosing one or the other. So, sometimes you'll find a rustic looking leather journal in my shop, but it might have an image of a typewriter burned into it. Other times you might find a vintage library book rescued from who knows where bound together with modern designs covering the end sheets. You just never know.

Do you have a "real world" job? My job is being a mother and it's the most wonderful occupation anyone could ever dream of. There is nothing more fulfilling or joyful in this world than getting to spend all day with your little ones.

Your five favorite things: Griffin (my baby) & my family of course. Ice cream. Watermelon. BOOKS!

Who are your favorite artists/crafters? Such a difficult question as there are so many contemporary artists out there now that are so much more reachable than they used to be. I Love both Sabrina Ward Harrison and Traci Bunkers when it comes to book art. They are amazing and an inspiration. Diane Arbus. Joseph Cornell. Keith Smith.

Where can we find you?

My shop:

My twitter:

My facebook:

My Flickr:

Stores: Currently my vintage upcycled notebooks can be found at FARMbloomington in Bloomington, IN.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Interviews Day 14

Name: Greg Clarke and Christie Cooper
Business Name: Pedal Power Creations
Location: Bloomington, IN

What do you make?
We make a variety of products from recycled bottles, plastic, newspaper and cans. Mostly household items such as drinking glasses, flower vases, lamps and light fixtures, as well as decorative items such as windchimes, suncatchers, and wall pieces.

How did you learn your art/craft?
I (Greg) work for Bloomington Pedal Power picking up recycling from local restaurants, businesses and apartment complexes using our bicycle trailers. Realizing and being surrounded by so much raw materials inspired us to look for interesting new ways these items could be used, so Christie and I teamed up and drew up a bunch of ideas and figured out how to realize them as finished products. We've been learning as we go along, and coming up with lots of new ideas that need further exploration, too. It's an ongoing process, for sure.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
Our creations are inspired by the raw materials that are brought to us and our exposure to new processes of working in these materials. We hope to create functional and beautiful objects that people will want to use in their homes. We are inspired by the idea of reuse and reducing waste.

Do you have a "real world" job?
Greg works for Bloomington Pedal Power and spends a lot of his time volunteering at the Bloomington Bicycle Project.

Christie is a full time student earning her BFA in Ceramics and is a part-time Nanny.

Your five favorite things:

traveling, summer, bicycles, making things, snacks

Who are your favorite artists/crafters?
Greg: My art background is mostly in photography (shameless plug: I really love Gregory Crewdson's work, and I'd have to say he's my favorite photographer. As far as crafters, I'm surrounded and always inspired by friends who make great things that they use themselves.

Christie: I am inspired by artists in almost every medium. I look at local work, things my friends and peers are making, and more well known artists. I am currently interested in the work of ceramic artists such as: Christa Assad, Alev Ebuzziya Siesbye, and Magdalene Odundo.

Where can we find you?
We are currently only selling online at

We hope to put some of our items in local stores soon!

Name: Cassandra A. Estle
Business Name: BurtaMoosner's Creations
Location: Anderson, IN

What do you make? I really enjoy working with polymer clay. I make magnets, jewelry, hairpins, brooches and so much more. I also dabble in small sculpures called aliums. I also make beaded jewelry as well.

How did you learn your art/craft? I really don't know. I think it came from here and there. I started with just regular modeling clay when I was younger and sometimes I would take berry flavored tootsie rolls and make them into little creatures.

Where do you get your inspiration from? I get my inspiration from the world around me. I like vibrant happy things and that is what I create. The world is but a canvas for our imaginations!

Do you have a "real world" job? Yes I do! Believe it or not I am a Civilian Jail Officer and also a Field Training Officer at the Madison County Jail.

Your five favorite things: God, Family, Animals, Creativeness, and Reading

Who are your favorite artists/crafters? My father is my all time favorite. I also have a whole list of Etsyers ( users) that I love and couldn't imagine picking just a few. If you like bright, happy, and fun I will enjoy your work!

Where can we find you?

Friday, March 19, 2010

Interview Day 13

Name: Kate Loar

Business Name: oh, come on!
Location: Indianapolis, IN

What do you make? Knit goods and sewn odds & ends. I have also began to dabble in the craftiness of paper.

How did you learn your art/craft? My lovely grandmother, Jeanette, taught me to sew when I was just a little one. After years of being without a sewing machine, a friend bought me one for Christmas & I've been sewing ever since. As for knitting, my dear friend Theresa spent a few strenuous hours teaching me one day, and I kinda just took it from there.

Where do you get your inspiration from? Craft stores, thrift stores, color, and all the crazy amazing people that I know.

Do you have a "real world" job? I'm transitioning in to a new job as we speak, so yes - I'm thoroughly invested in helping people live a healthy life with natural foods and nutritional supplements.

Your five favorite things: My smelly puppies, my amazingly talented boyfriend, craftings, making all kinds of foods, and lemuria.

Who are your favorite artists/crafters? mamus!, lori brown, sleepy king, natalie dee, q.d. patooties (as of current)

Where can we find you? //