Profiling the work of the lovely featured artists/makers in the 2012 Whipup.net calendar. I asked all the participants a few questions…
Alexandra Smith lives in the USA, She blogs at Lola Nova – Whatever Lola Wants, her craft of choice is sewing, and she is our April Calendar girl!
1. Name your three main craft/design influences
My main influences are my imagination, my passion, and necessity – it is the mother of invention after all.
2. Why do you feel the need/drive to make things?
I couldn’t really tell you; all I know is that I can not imagine not making.
3. What is your favourite crafty resource?
There really are too many to name. The biggest and best has to be the library; we have a fantastic library system here it is an endless and amazing resource.
My favorite local supply resource is a little shop called Bolt http://www.boltfabricboutique.com/ and the blog http://www.boltneighborhood.com/. They are about 5 minutes from my house, with a great selection and a wonderful, knowledgeable staff. They are awesome!
Also, my mom.
4. What music inspires you to create?
Ooh, that’s a tough one! Irma Thomas, Otis Redding, Tom Waits, old mixed tapes…
5. What do you do when you have a creative block?
If the pacing doesn’t work, I take a walk with my daughter, or do something creative with her to get the flow going. Sometimes though, I just have to step away from it for a while and do something else that I enjoy. Inspiration usually pops up in the most unexpected places!
Kellie Diguangco, blogs at Ricebabies , lives in Canada and loves to sew. She is our September calendar girl!
Why do you feel the need/drive to make things? : It gives me a great pleasure to make things, I love using my hands and my imagination together.
What is your favorite crafty resource: WhipUp.net – for all kinds of making ideas :: I love the work of Emily Martin– inspiring Illustrations and just plain prettiness :: My first real doll maker crush was on Johanna of One Red Robin
What music inspires you to create? I have always liked to make things with my hands, it helps me get whats in my head, out. I listen to a lot of Mindy Gledhill, Fiona Apple and a Adele
What do you do when you have a creative block? Read books to my kids and listen to their stories. Children’s minds hold a wealth of inspiration and it’s so uninhibited, pure, silly and fun.
Thank you to all the calendar girls and to the amazing crafty online community that I have the great pleasure of being a part of. Thanks for reading and supporting Whipup.net this year!