Today I want to introduce you to Lisa Aaron – 2011 Whipup Calendar’s Miss December & Cover girl: www.loulouandoscar.com
I asked all the calendar girls a few questions:
1. What were your early craft influences/experiences?
I didn’t grow up in a crafty home and my earliest memories of making are flooded with frustration and disappointment. Ideas for projects filled my head but I lacked the ability to turn these ideas into 3d objects. I quickly learned to think of myself as ‘cack handed’, my creations were a mess! I couldn’t get my head around knitting or sewing, I gave up and settled into life as a book worm.
2. When did you start getting serious about making stuff – what was the ‘light bulb’ moment for you?
I decided I wanted to open an Etsy shop before I had begun creating anything. Reading design/craft blogs and then falling in love with the world of plush/soft sculpture gave me the push I needed to overcome my seeming lack of aptitude and begin sewing. I suppose my ‘light bulb’ moment came when I put together the first plush animal for my son, I knew then that I wanted to get my creatures out into the world. The generous comments of the Flickr community and some queries from potential customers gave me the necessary courage to open Lou Lou & Oscar.
3. Name three of your favourite artist/maker/designers who have influences your artistic direction or your craft practice?
A hard question as there are so many artists/makers/designers I admire, I would love to name check them all. But sticking with influences they would be: Nicole Licht (Astulabee) as seminal influence & super smart all-round-good egg! Margie Oomen (Resurrection Fern) for enriching my life with her beautiful & intelligent art work, her generosity and enviable breakfasts! Margie inspired me to open up my senses to the natural world, to begin a little dialogue with the sea that has fed into my work and helped me find a stronger direction. Number three would have to be Jessica Marquez (Miniature Rhino), her beautifully stitched samplers sparked my need to learn how to embroider, I simply fell in love with her work & aspire to stitch that perfectly.
4. What is your favourite material/product to work with? And what three things could you not do without in your craft room?
I have an incurable fetish for fabric: cotton, linen, velvet, oh and wool felt. I couldn’t survive without a fabric marker, sharp scissors & my trusty, cheap sewing machine.
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December & Cover: www.loulouandoscar.com