Today I want to introduce you to Sonia CantiÃ© – 2011 Whipup Calendar’s Miss June: www.cozymemories.com
I asked all the calendar girls a few questions:
1. What were your early craft influences/experiences?
My mom is a talented seamstress, but unfortunately for me, she didn’t teach much at all. I remember clearly learning some kind of tapestry at school when I was 8 years old, and I loved that. I even started knitting when I was a child but quickly forgot. Then later, when I was expecting my first child, my mom taught me how to cross-stitch & then I got hooked on embroidery. I finally prefered to free hand embroider, it is more “me”. As for dyeing with plants, it’s rather new, as I started dyeing a year ago only.
2. When did you start getting serious about making stuff – what was the ‘light bulb’ moment for you?
There was no real precise moment, but it all came pregressively over the last 3 years. I love arts and crafts of many kinds, and have been loving to dip my toes in different areas, though I know I’m only but beginning. The more you make the more you’re inspired to make, and the further you want to explore!
3. Name three of your favourite artist/maker/designers who have influences your artistic direction or your craft practice?
Margie Oomen (Resurrection Fern) was no doubt a major step in my creative life, in many different ways. Cathy Cullis was a deep inspiration to start dyeing with plants too, as well as Lisa Jordan. All three are now very dear friends of mine, but they first were real inspirations to me.
4. What is your favourite material/product to work with? And what three things could you not do without in your craft room?
I love linen, no doubt about it, it’s just perfect for embroidering. But when it comes to dyeing with plants, my favorite material is silk. And I can’t do without needles, thread & scissors of course !
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