Today I want to introduce you to Kate Dixon – 2011 Whipup Calendar’s Miss September: www.oneflewover-oneflewover.com. Kate is one of the creatives behind fat quarterly - the newish e-zine for quilters.
I asked all the calendar girls a few questions:
1. What were your early craft influences/experiences?
I have only been crafting for about two years. My youngest child was 6 months old at the time, I was tired and quite honestly a little overwhelmed with motherhood, I remember feeling like I didn’t have anything that was purely just for me. I was taking the kids for a walk one day and happened to come across the Prints Charming studio. It is such an inspiring place, full of light and colour. I signed up for a stitching class on the spot and haven’t looked back.
2. When did you start getting serious about making stuff – what was the ‘light bulb’ moment for you?
I’m not sure there was ever a ‘light bulb’ moment for me. I started making things and just haven’t stopped. If I have a really manic day with the kids I know that once they are tucked up in bed I can pour a glass of wine, get out the hook and do something that I love. For me, it really balances things out.
3. Name three of your favourite artist/maker/designers who have influences your artistic direction or your craft practice?
Rita from Red Pepper Quilts was the first quilting blog I came across that really inspired me to have a go at quilting myself. Rita’s quilts are so vibrant and contemporary, they really challenged my idea of what a quilt was. More recently, I have been inspired by the quilts of Gee’s Bend. The colour combinations and compostition of these quilts are so interesting and very inspiring. I really admire Kirsty from Kootoyoo. Apart from being really clever, Kirst is also incredibly generous – with both her time and knowledge. She has really encouraged me to have just ‘have a crack’.
4. What is your favourite material/product to work with? And what three things could you not do without in your craft room?
I couldn’t do without my hook, scissors or scrap bin.
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