2010 calendar

Today I want to introduce you to Tif Fussel – 2011 Whipup Calendar’s Miss March: www.dottieangel.blogspot.com

I asked all the calendar girls a few questions:

1. What were your early craft influences/experiences?
I was born into a crafty, artistic family, however the defining ‘crafty’ moment for me came at 17. I needed to go back to school to retake Maths as it was not my forte. To fill in the school week I took a few extra classes, one of which was hand embroidery. The very first day I walked into the classroom I knew I had found my thing. Even today, many moons on, I can remember how giddy I felt upon discovery of embroidery floss, fabrics and a wonderful teacher who wished to impart her knowledge of embroidery to me :)

2. When did you start getting serious about making stuff – what was the ‘light bulb’ moment for you?
I have always dabbled in making things, or painting our nest, however the moment I got serious came around the same time my youngest child started full time school. Having been a stay at home mum for many years of four children, I knew it was time to think about what I wanted to do. Soon after picking up my knitting needles again, I discovered an ad in the back of CRAFT magazine for ETSY. Just one look at the page and I knew I wished to open an Etsy store and fill it with handcrafted goodness.

3. Name three of your favorite artist/maker/designers who have influenced your artistic direction or your craft practice?
There are three crafters/artists whom I admire greatly, each of them are amazing and inspirational in their own rights. Over the years I have built up a long distance friendship with each of them and it is that friendship and mutual admiration that has given me the confidence to continue down the crafting path I have taken. I know without the kindness of them and others, such as my dearest readers, I would not be doing what I am doing now.
Jane from ATLITW :: Ingrid from Wood & Wool Stool :: Stine from Lutterlagkage

4. What is your favorite material/product to work with? And what three things could you not do without in your craft room?
My favorite material to work with is vintage linens and doilies, does not matter what they are, a piece of white work, retro and vintage flowers in slightly ugly colors or just good old vintage doilies, I love them all. The three things i would be lost without, in my craft room are:
1. Miss Ethel, my trusty sewing machine. she is a sturdy little workhorse with no bells or whistles but she does everything I ask of her and never complains. Although occasionally she does develop a cough so on those days, she rests.
2. Carlos, my trusty camera. Sometimes he is temperamental and does not wish to focus on the job in hand, but most days he tries his best and that is all one can ask of a little camera with a big heart.
3. Little olive and Used Dog, my dogs. They are my company during the day when my clan are out and about… I can tell them my troubles, my crafting epiphanies and unlike my clan, they never talk back. they are indeed perfectly perfect in everyway :)

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Calendar girls
January: www.lilfishstudios.com
February: www.lavenderlimes.blogspot.com
March: www.dottieangel.blogspot.com
April: www.JammerSage.Etsy.com
May: www.filminthefridge.com
June: www.cozymemories.com
July: www.abitofpillipilli.blogspot.com
August: www.lauraleeburch.com
September: www.oneflewover-oneflewover.com
October: www.elsiemarley.com
November: www.myrtleandeunice.com
December & Cover: www.loulouandoscar.com

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over the next couple of weeks we are going to find out a little more about the wonderful makers featured in the 2010 whipup calendar – April is Shannah Burton (daskaninchen) with her stuffed wool Hare.

shannah.sweetdreams

Bio:
Shannah Burton (daskaninchen) has an etsy store and flickr site. She lives in Illinois.
Craft of choice: Always sewing and currently felting.
Craft hero: Nicole from www.astulabee.com because she is a hard working mama who creates soft sculpture creatures that are firmly art and craft all in one.

shannah.mushrooms

I asked all our participants to answer a few questions about their creative process:

1. When did you start making/crafting, and who or what inspired that first creative burst?
I’ve always been making/crafting but my push came from my textile studies in school while in the art education program. I fell in love with the materials and have been hooked ever since. There was an amazing mix of talented grad students and a nurturing teacher to help me get started. Often, elementary art teachers stop making art because so much creative energy goes into teaching, and I didn’t want that to be my fate. I set up an etsy shop as part of my independent study to help keep me motivated after I graduated and have enjoyed it ever since.

shannah.snowrabbit

2. What would you say was that light-bulb moment when you discovered your ‘style’ and really hit your making stride?
I received a warm welcome from the etsy community. Maritza from sotosofties (her mice are on the December calendar page!) was my very first etsy buyer- thank you Maritza! I was overwhelmed by the response I got from my beuys bunnies and fibonacci rabbits- I sold out of everything I had put in my shop by the next day. That was my vote of confidence.

shannah.3bunnies

3. Why do you make – what do you get out of it?
I create/craft for many reasons; as a compulsion (creating is breathing), so that my kiddos have meaningful and beautiful handmade pieces in their lives, and being part of a crafting community helps me to feel part of something bigger than myself. Thank you whipup and fellow crafters for the daily inspiration!

All images courtesy Shannah Burton.

Find out more about how to get your hands on a copy of the 2010 whipup calendar here.

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over the next couple of weeks we are going to find out a little more about the wonderful makers featured in the 2010 whipup calendar – starting with Susan Chi (Tada’s Revolution). Susan’s Grand Theft Auto, fun gorgeous characters crocheted with yarn – is our wonderful fun and quirky cover image.

Grand Theft Auto  - The Bait

Bio:
Susan Chi from USA / Saint Louis, Missouri – her website is: www.tadasrevolution.com
Main craft of choice: crocheting and sewing stuffed animals (amigurumi and nuigurumi)
Craft hero: Christine of SugarElf
Fave web site (whipup of course but do you have another fave?): Etsy, eBay, Three Potato Four
Fave crafty materials supplier: Kirkwood Knittery and Knitorious in Saint Louis

Sunday is Laundry Day

I asked all our participants to answer a few questions about their creative process:

1. When did you start making/crafting, and who or what inspired that first creative burst?
I first learned to draw when I was three years old. When I was growing up, I used to spent time around my uncle and cousin who were painting pictures all the time. I started to draw every day, whatever I could find, including my grandpa, and carrots.

Test Day

2. What would you say was that light-bulb moment when you discovered your ‘style’ and really hit your making stride?
I constantly find inspiration in art and nature, and I think that my style constantly evolves. Often going through phases. If you look closely at a string of my pieces or photo sets, you can usually pick up on my obsessions of the moment.

Rex of the Carrot-cidals

3. Why do you make – what do you get out of it?
Crafting and art has become a central thread of my life, and it is hard for me to picture life without doing arts or crafts of some sort. When I craft, it brings me order, peace, and happiness.

Find out more about how to get your hands on a copy of the 2010 whipup calendar here.

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