2011 calendar

Profiling the work of the lovely featured artists/makers in the 2012 Whipup.net calendar. I asked all the participants a few questions…

Sooz is our March Calendar girl, she likes sewing and knitting, lives in Australia and blogs at sooz

1. What are your three main craft/design influences?

I can’t go past my matriarchs for the craft influence. Both my mother and grandmother were phenomenal makers of things. Between going to work and keeping a household going, they managed to sew and knit and stitch and garden and cook in a way that made me feel like making things was essential to a happy life.

On the design front I struggle to find individuals who stand out since I think my eye for the work of the designer has developed only recently in my life. At this moment I am in really in love with Issey Miyake, in part because I realise I was in love with his designs long before I knew who he was. I love the textures and colours employed by knitwear designer Setsuko Torii.

Knitting machine

Crafty passions: knitting and sewing

2. Why do you feel the need/drive to make things?

I think there’s a lot to say on why making is important – it’s political and ideological for me – and there’s no doubt some psychological reasons in there too about justifying my existence, but really it’s quite simple. I make because I love it. It’s my meditation, my contemplation, my challenge, my peace, my pride and my joy.

3. Your favourite crafty resource?

I’m more than a bit in love with pinterest as a source of inspiration. I love it’s visual and immediate nature, the way I can look for images, share them, find the things that are inspiring other people.

4. What music inspires you to create?

My musical tastes are broad and dubious! From the Beastie Boys to the Monks of Gyuto and back again through the trash I loved in high school I listen to it all.

5. What do you do when you have a creative block?

Switch crafts/projects/work spaces. It’s very rare for me to be blocked on all things and generally if the sewing has got me down I can bake with abandon or if the kitchen has me running for the take away it’s because I’d really rather be knitting. I do best when I don’t fight what I really want to do with what I think I should be doing. It’s meant to be fun afterall.

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Berber Vos is from The Netherlands, her crafty passions are sewing and crochet and she blogs at Kisskus. She is our August Calendar girl!

1. What/who are your three main craft/design influences?

I get inspired by the many crafty websites that I follow through my Google Reader (some of my favourite blogs I link to in the sidebar of my own blog). Flickr is another fantastic source of inspiration, as well as my most recent discovery: Pinterest. When it comes to a person, I really admire Kaffe Fassett. I do not love every single thing that he designs, however I think that his bold creativity, his love of colour, his passion for his work and life itself are amazing and very uplifting. I was lucky enough to hear him talk and to see his work in person and both occassions gave me an incredible creative boost.

2. Why do you feel the need/drive to make things?

I get a kick out of creating something unique, especially out of materials that I have on hand or that are recycled. Also, for me being creative is a way to canalise the somewhat darker parts of my character into something healthy and constructive.

Berber's crafts of choice are sewing and crochet.

3. Favourite crafty resource: It has got to be Google, which leads me to craft blogs, tutorials, Youtube, Flickr etc.

4. What music inspires you to create?

These days I mostly listen to The Killers, Coldplay, Muse & Adele. I’m very loyal in my choice of music: I will listen to it over and over and over again :)

5. What do you do when you have a creative block?

Last winter I experienced a major sewing block. I missed it terribly and it made me unhappy. I solved it by learning how to crochet. I realised I needed a more straightforward and more portable craft and crochet is perfect in both ways. My sewing mood slowly returned by itself after that, so now I’m happy to have two crafts to alternate :)

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There is still time to get the Whipup.net 2011 calendar. Featuring 12 beautiful images from 12 amazing makers.

Print any or all of the three printable formats on your home printer (vertical a4/letter, horizontal a4/letter and vertical 2 printed to a page a4/letter) or purchase the already beautifully printed hard copy from Redbubble.

Print as many whipup 2011 calendars as you like and hang them in your kitchen, craft room or office.

All three printable formats are included in the one low price of $5.00

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Purchase your calendar in 2 different ways.

1. Get the printable pdf right here for $5.
In the pdf package you will receive the calendar in 3 different formats to allow you to print and display however you like.

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To Print: I recommend printing on paper that is designed especially for your printer. ie if you have a colour injet then purchase inkjet paper for brighter colours. Alternatively you might like to print it onto slightly heavier or textured card, which can give a nice surface quality. These files are designed to be printed on A4 or letter. One of the files has 2 months per page and can be trimmed for a long thin calendar.

To display: Use a hole punch and thread ribbon through to hang, or use an oversized paperclip or bulldog clip as I have here. Or make up your own binding method.

2. Purchase a beautiful quality calendar from print-on-demand online store Redbubble. ($AU27.50) They ship internationally and have very reasonable shipping costs. Go to Redbubble store to purchase.
This calendar comes printed on high quality satin art paper, they have a hanger and white wire binding (size 12×17 inches / 30x44cm).

Whipup 2011 calendar features some amazing crafters:

  • January: www.lilfishstudios.com Read the Lisa Jordan Whip Up interview here.
  • February: www.lavenderlimes.blogspot.com Read the Christine Chitnis Whip Up interview here.
  • March: www.dottieangel.blogspot.com Read the Tif Fussel Whip Up interview here.
  • April: www.JammerSage.Etsy.com Read the Andrea Rosenstiel Whip Up interview here.
  • May: www.filminthefridge.com Read the Ashley Newcomb Whip Up interview here.
  • June: www.cozymemories.com Read the Sonia Cantié Whip Up interview here.
  • July: www.abitofpillipilli.blogspot.com Read the pilli pilli Whip Up interview here.
  • August: www.lauraleeburch.com Read the Laura Burch Whip Up interview here.
  • September: www.oneflewover-oneflewover.com Read the Kate Dixon Whip Up interview here.
  • October: www.elsiemarley.com Read the Meg Spaeth Whip Up interview here.
  • November: www.myrtleandeunice.com Read the Tania Ennor Whip Up interview here.
  • December & Cover: www.loulouandoscar.com Read the Lisa Aaron Whip Up interview here.
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    Today I want to introduce you to Tania Ennor – 2011 Whipup Calendar’s Miss November: www.myrtleandeunice.com

    I asked all the calendar girls a few questions:

    1. What were your early craft influences/experiences? 
    The very first time I ever felt that overwhelming need to ‘make’, I was fourteen or so and I spent some hard earned pennies on fabric for a skirt. Without a notion and certainly without a pattern, I spread the fabric on the floor and did the next logical thing: I rolled. Lay on the floor, lined up waist with fabric edge and rolled. 360 degrees of precision skirt measuring – with a bit extra for the seam. I wore that skirt for years. I wish, I wish, I wish I still had it now. After that, I didn’t do anything even faintly crafty for twenty five years.

    2. When did you start getting serious about making stuff – what was the ‘light bulb’ moment for you?
    Four years ago, I learnt to knit via Google and YouTube. It was an urge that came out of nowhere. My light bulb moment was when I realised that getting serious about making stuff took away the joy. The trick for me, the thing that gets the pulse racing, is the mischief, the silly, the unexpected, the whim, the Why Not? That’s the sort of thing that has me seriously obsessed. Plus I get a kick out of learning how to do stuff.

    3. Name three of your favourite artist/maker/designers who have influenced your artistic direction or your craft practice?
    1. My boss at Pentagram Design, London. I spent five years learning from one of the masters. John McConnell is responsible for my love of wit, cliché and an idea with legs.
    2. Alan Fletcher, another Pentagram Design great. He taught me the art of looking sideways.
    3. People who make stuff ‘just because’. People who make stuff and leave a small mark that might make somebody else smile. People who know that making isn’t always about a practical objective – that sometimes it’s about capturing imagination.

    4. What is your favourite material/product to work with? And what three things could you not do without in your craft room?
    Screenprinting is all about the love and hate for me. I don’t have enough time, nor enough space and it is endlessly frustrating to have a million ideas pop into my head, fly in the sky, only to be shot down by practicalities. But give me opportunity and I’m a pig in mud (covered in ink). Scalpel. Knitting sticks. Needle. Thread. Fabric stash. Crochet hook. Embroidery hoop. Internet connection. Yarn. Scissors. Wool stuffing. Sewing machine. Seam ripper…Three? Only three? ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?

    Support Whipup by purchasing the third annual Whipup.net calendar. Featuring 12 beautiful crafty images from 12 amazing makers.

    Print any or all of the three printable ebook formats (vertical a4/letter, horizontal a4/letter and vertical 2 printed to a page a4/letter) or purchase the already beautifully printed hard copy from Redbubble.

    Print as many whipup 2011 calendars as you like to give for last minute presents and budget gifts. These also are fabulous to hang in your kitchen, craft room or office. Find out more info here.

    All three printable formats are included in the one low price of $5.00

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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

    Whew! I think thats all the girls – I do hope you have enjoyed meeting all the wonderfully talented calendar girls – and to thank them for being involved in my little annual project.

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    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.

    Support Whipup by purchasing the third annual Whipup.net calendar. Featuring 12 beautiful crafty images from 12 amazing makers.

    Print any or all of the three printable ebook formats (vertical a4/letter, horizontal a4/letter and vertical 2 printed to a page a4/letter) or purchase the already beautifully printed hard copy from Redbubble.

    Print as many whipup 2011 calendars as you like to give for last minute presents and budget gifts. These also are fabulous to hang in your kitchen, craft room or office. Find out more info here.

    All three printable formats are included in the one low price of $5.00

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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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    Today I want to introduce you to Ashley Newcomb – 2011 Whipup Calendar’s Miss May: www.filminthefridge.com

    I asked all the calendar girls a few questions:

    1. What were your early craft influences/experiences?
    I grew up surrounded by crafts – my grandmother always did a lot of sewing and knitting and my parents were always building something out of wood – but I was definitely more into reading at that time. I didn’t actually get into sewing until a couple years ago (three, I think?) when I decided I wanted to sew my own market bag. I got a little refresher from my mom and soon thereafter found myself at a local sewing shop buying my own sewing machine. I think I can safely say that it was love at first stitch!

    2. Which artist has been a strong influence on your work?
    My passion lies in quilting, and much of that is due to the wonderful variety of modern fabrics which are now available. I really love modern quilts and was immediately inspired by Denyse Schmidt – I’ve pored over her book more times than I can count, and I’ve spent hours perusing Flickr for other quilts inspired by her work.

    3. What is your favorite material/product to work with? And what could you not do without in your craft room?
    Two of my favorite things in my craft room are my design wall - and my new sewing table. (When I started sewing I sewed at the dining room table and my design wall was the floor, and it worked just fine, so I know these items aren’t necessities by any means, but they certainly make life easier!) I absolutely love having the space to keep my sewing machine set up and having the space to keep everything I need close at hand. It saves a lot of time and definitely makes it easier to sneak in at least a few minutes of sewing every day! And the design wall is really great for standing back and seeing how a potential quilt is looking. I often stick blocks up and leave them there for a few days just to see how I feel about them over time.

    Support Whipup by purchasing the third annual Whipup.net calendar. Featuring 12 beautiful crafty images from 12 amazing makers.

    Print any or all of the three printable ebook formats (vertical a4/letter, horizontal a4/letter and vertical 2 printed to a page a4/letter) or purchase the already beautifully printed hard copy from Redbubble.

    Print as many whipup 2011 calendars as you like to give for last minute presents and budget gifts. These also are fabulous to hang in your kitchen, craft room or office. Find out more info here.

    All three printable formats are included in the one low price of $5.00

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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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