I’ve been invited to take part in a different kind of blog hop by my very talented creative friend Bridgeen of Cherry and Cinnamon. This is my kind of blog hop. First I’ll answer a few questions about my work and at the end of this post I’ll tag three fellow makers to do the same thing next Monday. It’s such a lovely way of finding new blogs. Make sure you pop over to Bridgeen’s blog as well. You can find her blog hop post here.What am I working on?
I’m currently making loads of happy cushions that will soon be available in my Etsy shop. I’m also working on a couple of very exciting secret projects (I can’t wait until I’m able to tell you all about them!) as well as a new line of products that will soon be available in a couple of carefully selected shops. I’m focusing on sewing, crocheting, drawing and writing at the moment.How does my work differ from others of its genre?
What a difficult question! I get a lot of compliments about my colour palette so I guess that’s one thing that makes my work stand out. I would hope that the combination of my Scandinavian roots and my passion for the swinging 60s, the vibrant 70s and Japanese crafts makes my work unique as well.Why do I write/create what I do?
Most of you probably know by now that writing and creating have always been my way of self-treating depression and anxiety. In other words, it keeps me sane. I’m very emotionally driven and I think that comes through in my work. It’s the reason why I don’t like making many of the same piece and in that sense I’m very much an artist. You can never recreate the exact same conditions so when I’m no longer in that particular state of mind, I simply cannot make any more of that particular piece. My work (and personal style) has changed radically over the years. At art school I would make things like a bra out of barbed wire and a crinoline out of transparent plastic with vertical rows of pockets with Polaroid photos of naked women. I had a lot to say about female oppression. As an art student my work was very dark, and often poetic I might add, but nowadays I’m in a much happier place and so I channel all my emotions into colourful, happy creations instead.How does my writing/creating process work?
Most of my ideas come to me at night and I’ve always been much more productive in the evenings. I’m very organised and I like keeping my workspace tidy at all times, even when I’m in the middle of creating something. I always listen to music and drink copious amounts of green tea when I’m working. I tend to plan my designs thoroughly before I start making them but of course that doesn’t mean that things never go wrong. Oddly, when it comes to writing I don’t plan anything beforehand at all. When I get an idea I just start writing straight away and let it all come out. Writing is easier for me than creating because I find it much easier to perfect words.Now I would like to introduce you to three lovely creative ladies.
Jess of Jessthetics
A Philosophy graduate, vegetarian, environmentalist and feminist with a passion for making things. Jess is a fellow 70s lover and her style is unique and loads of fun. She recently opened an Etsy shop where she sells her sustainable handmade clothes.
Ruth of Blue Eggs and Tea
A writer, by day academic, geologist, feminist and illustrator with a great eye for colour and a focus on birds. Ruth’s writing is absolutely wonderful and she draws the cutest birds. She sells her illustrations, prints and jewellery on Etsy and on Not On The High Street. I love that a portion of some prints go to charity.
Kim of What Peggy Said
An llustrator, by day primary school teacher, vintage lover and fellow colourful crocheter. Like me, Kim is a former art student with loads of different creative outlets – sewing, designing and painting to name a few. She sells custom digital designs, illustrations and blog add-ons in her Etsy shop but she specialises in custom orders.