2010 whipup calendar

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 – Our July artist is Laura Amiss with her machine embroidered Little legs.

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Laura Amiss: www.lauraamiss.com, lives in The Netherlands, Amsterdam (although she is English).
Main craft of choice: Free hand machine embroidery, using the sewing machine is like drawing for me.
Craft hero: Freddie Robins, amazing knitter and artist based in the UK
Fave web site: I love all the design blogs, I suppose my favorite is Poppytalk
Fave crafty materials supplier: I don’t really use a supplier, I recycle a lot of my kids clothes! Plus I live near an amazing fabric market in Amsterdam.

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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 studied Textiles at Goldsmiths in London, but I have always drawn, painted and made my own clothes. Fabric and stitch is now the medium in which I draw and create images. I love the narrative quality of textiles and the contrast between technique and subject.

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2. What would you say was that light-bulb moment when you discovered your ‘style’ and really hit your making stride?
I’d say that this develops every time I make something at the moment, it was pretty recent that I got into layering my images and fabric together. But I feel that there is much more to explore within the style I currently use, it’s only going to get better! I often think about ideas much faster than I can make them, especially with two small children aged 3 and 18 months. I’d like to develop different lines of work and contrast the medium of digital art with textiles.

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3. Why do you make – what do you get out of it?
Sorry to sound corny but I get such a buzz when it all comes together from idea, to drawing to finished piece. I love the physicality of making with my hands and the process of piecing colors and compositions together. Not to mention the joy when other people like what I make!

All images courtesy Laura Amiss – in order they are: 1. My umbrella, 2. She wore a yellow dress, 3. Shoes Shoes Shoes, 4. Lacey legs.

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 – March is Tania Patritti (Ninon) with her adorable fabric The Cherrybomb Family.

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Bio:
Tania Patritti – super ninon is from Berlin, Germany and sells her work on etsy.
Main craft of choice: Plush Making, sewing
Craft hero: Astulabee, Donna Wilson, Xin of Doinky Doodles
Fave web site: Hello! It’s Meet Me At Mikes!
Fave crafty materials supplier: Frau Tulpe

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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 started sewing in 2001, taught by my mother, who is a very DIY lady… I had many ideas of things to make, and really felt the urge to be able to realize them. I started with sewing some bags and simple clothes, then later on I started sketch little creatures and bring them to life in 3d.

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2. What would you say was that light-bulb moment when you discovered your ‘style’ and really hit your making stride?
When I realized that spending more and more time on one single piece gave me more satisfaction than working on the easy ones, and that in this direction my style would evolve in a more effective way; it makes me very happy when people recognize this effort.

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3. Why do you make – what do you get out of it?
I’ve been trying to live out of what I make for the past 5 years, so basically that’s my daily bread :)
I really want to concentrate on my creative projects as a full time job, and see what happens… I love being my own boss, even if sometimes it’s a bit difficult, for many reasons… but still, I am enjoying every minute of it!

All images courtesy Tania Patritti (Ninon).

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 – January is Margaret Oomen (Resurrection fern) with her assemblage Homage to sea sew, a collection of sea stones & wood slices covered with her handmade crocheted lace, with added vintage thimbles, sea glass, feathers, ferns & moss.

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Bio:
Margaret Oomen from resurrection fern lives in Canada and sells her work on etsy.
Main craft of choice: no favorite I love knitting, crocheting, embroidery, hand sewing, felting and printing equally.
Craft hero: I have so many but I don’t think I would be answering these questions if it weren’t for the constant inspiration and encouragement I received from Elsita Mora.
Fave web site Besides whip ( of course) I love Elsita’s web site, poppytalk ( for it’s Canadian content) and bookhou home (Aounna is so very talented, kind and the best instructor).
Fave crafty materials supplier: thrift stores are where I purchase most of my materials, etsy and of course my walks in the forest.

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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 have been making things as far back as I can remember. As a child I used to make dolls for family members and I embroidered a jean jacket for the lead singer of a local rock band. My father was a great inspiration. He was an electrical engineer and university professor. He instilled in me a love for treasure hunting in both the natural world and second hand stores.

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2. What would you say was that light-bulb moment when you discovered your ‘style’ and really hit your making stride?
I don’t think of myself as really having a ‘style’. It is more a ‘process’. I spend lots of time exploring my natural environment. It is my major source of inspiration and also where I find most of the little bits and pieces that end up in my organized collections. I use this to inspire my heart, mind and hands to create things whether it be a crochet covered stone, an embroidered portrait or a softie. I think the light-bulb moment might be when i joined flickr and then later started a blog and realized I was a small maker of things in a large wonderful supportive community.

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3. Why do you make – what do you get out of it?
It keeps me balanced and has allowed me to ‘meet’ so many amazing people. My other motive is to inspire others to get outside, explore the world, fall in love with it, share it with others and vow to preserve it.

the pictures in order of appearance are 1. blue green collection in a hoop, 2. the owl and the pussycat (was made for daughter Rebekah’s birthday), 3. the language of stones ( available as a print in my etsy shop),
4. matryoshka turtle (one of three softies made for plush you 2009 and available for sale at Schmancy, Seattle).

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

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