Today I want to introduce you to Christine Chitnis – 2011 Whipup Calendar’s Miss February: www.lavenderlimes.blogspot.com. Christine has recently become a new mother – congratulations!
I asked all the calendar girls a few questions:
1. What were your early craft influences/experiences?
I was lucky enough to be raised by an incredibly talented women, my mother, who taught me the joy of creativity at a young age. She taught me how to sew, the joy of cooking, how to use my imagination, how to escape into a good book, how to be inspired by the natural world…all of my creative passions were formed during my childhood. My current crafting state is all about my baby, three weeks old as of yesterday!
2. When did you start getting serious about making stuff – what was the ‘light bulb’ moment for you?
For many years I worked in the educational non-profit world, running after-school programs for inner-city youth. I was working 60+ hours a week, and didn’t have time for creating or exploring hobbies. When we moved to a new city for my husband’s job, I decided to go freelance, and I found that I finally had time to get back to creating. I started my blog, Lavender and Limes, launched a career as a freelance writer (my first book, Market of New England, will be published next June by The Little Bookroom), started gardening and raising chickens, took joy in decorating our new home, learned photography and busted out my sewing machine and started creating again. I feel so blessed to have been given the time and opportunity to re-discover these parts of myself.
3. Name three of your favourite artist/maker/designers who have influences your artistic direction or your craft practice?
My influences change and evolve all the time, but right now, I am inspired by: Meg McElwee of Sew Liberated and her approach to raising children in a handmade, sustainable environment :: Elizabeth MacCrellish, founder of Squam Art Workshops, for creating a place that honors the creative process and supports artists wherever they may be in their creative journey :: Bea Peltre of La Tartine Gourmande for her extraordinary photography and styling.
4. What is your favourite material/product to work with? And what three things could you not do without in your craft room?
Fabric…my hands down favorite. I could spend hours perusing fabrics at Purl SoHo...my favorite place to shop for crafting supplies! Three things I couldn’t live without: my vintage Singer sewing machine, my ever-expanding fabric stash, and my computer (to surf blogs for inspiration, to listen to music, to connect with other crafters)
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