featured artist

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

Kate Lilley is from the UK and runs the super cute blog Minieco. She is October!

What is your favourite craft of choice:
I am a Jack of all trades master of (absolutely) none
Who/what/where are your three main craft/design influences
This question is too hard because there are too many artists/designers whose work I love. However today I am thinking about:
Chris Ofili – I have been a long time lover of his work. Photographic representations of his work don’t do them justice at all!
Beci Orphin Such a cool illustrator/designer. I love all that she does.
Charley Harper I only actually discovered his work a few years ago. His illustrations blow me away!
Why do you feel the need/drive to make things?
It’s just a part of my biological makeup I think.

3. What is your favourite crafty resource 
Whipup :) Pinterest and my swann-morton craft knife (no 3 handle)!
4. What music inspires you to create?
Folk, indie, progressive house, rock, opera, Abba(!)…kind of depends on the mood really!
5. What do you do when you have a creative block?
Creative blocks are like cats! Forget about it, stop trying, and it usually comes.

Francesca Mueller is from Italy – her blog is FuoriBorgo and she loves to crochet. She is our December girl!

My creative studio/space: yes, it looks like a kitchen table, because it is a kitchen table!  In our small house, that’s where much of my crafting takes place, in the midst of my kids’ schoolwork and activities, and of meal prep.  Although a little creative space of my own would be ideal, I’ve learned that a family kitchen table works just fine, and packing everything away at meal times isn’t as daunting as it seems.

Who/what/where are your three main craft/design influences
– Rosa Pomar of A Ervilha Cor de Rosa – for her passionate and proactive interest in (and knowledge of) the history and preservation of traditional crafts.
– Melissa Wastney of Tiny Happy – for the quiet and delicate way in which she stitches into her work the inspiration she draws from her days and from the nature around her.
– Liivia of Via – for her blogging style and amazing ability to capture both the small details and the bigger picture in her photos.
Why do you feel the need/drive to make things?
Making things is something I love, and it’s also just part of my lifestyle.

Images: African Flower blanket :: Upcycled wire Christmas tree :: Kitchen table/creative space

What is your favourite crafty resource?
My main resource is our daily family life: when something is needed that can be made by hand, I have a go at it – and most often it works. If a blanket is needed, I make one.  At Christmas time, I make a tree with upcycled wire and crochet snowflakes. When my boys go to camp, I make travel laundry bags from a pattern my grandmother once sewed for me (here). And if the plug for an appliance needs replacing … I call my husband.
What music inspires you to create?
My kids more often than not get to choose (or make) the music in our house, which is sometimes a bit of a cacophony, but I’m ok with it for now.
What do you do when you have a creative block?
When I can’t find the right inspiration to make something in a way that I like, I often turn to the wonderful little community of elderly farmers and artist friends we have around here, or to the Internet.  


Thank you Ann for participating in the 2010 whipup calendar. The calendar was a wonderful process and celebration of whipup for the year. I personally love all the artists whose work appears in the calendar and am so happy that these artists agreed to have images of their work published – thank you to all the artists who participated. Find out how to get a calendar here – great for gifts for crafty friends and family. There is a US version from LULU – and an Australian version from Redbubble – elsewhere – buying from redbubble has much better round the world postage options and the calendar itself is better quality (hence the slightly more expensive price).

Now for our featured artist for today and the last one in the series. I asked all our calendar artists to answer a series of questions … introducing Ann Wood…

Ann Wood lives in Brooklyn, NY and you can find her online: blog and website


Main craft of choice: sewing and paper mache
Craft hero: I love — Spore project
Fave web site: Sri threads
Fave crafty materials supplier: Cartwright’s Sequins (excellent glitter!) + Tinsel Trading


1. When did you start making/crafting, and who or what inspired that first creative burst?
In May of 2006 with the hope of generating some creative momentum and discipline for myself I started my cardboard stampede project. My plan was to make a cardboard horse everyday, Monday through Friday until I had 100. I did and exhibited the group at Tinlark in Los Angeles in 2007. It was a low pressure and relatively small daily task (monday through friday) that got my head and hands moving in a creative way whether I felt like it or not. I also started a blog and posted each horse for some accountability and a record and ended up finding more support, encouragement and inspiration in this community than I could have imagined. A couple of other unexpected benefits: I developed a much deeper understanding of the power of a small thing done daily, all sorts of new ideas emerged from the exercise of making each little horse. In terms of it’s original purpose – get personal work done regularly – It worked beautifully – it changed my life.


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 I have but there are little flickers and glimpses all the time and that’s incredibly exciting and motivating. One of the things I like about having a blog is seeing how what I make has changed over the past three years, how ideas have developed in ways I couldn’t possibly have imagined in the beginning.

3. Why do you make – what do you get out of it?
A strong sense that I am doing what I am meant to do, absolute delight in the process and the gift of spending vast amounts of time doing things I love to do.

Above images are: 1 – Iago, 2 – Cardboard castle, 3 – Paper Mache Sailboats


Don’t forget to get your whipup 2009 calendar – featuring 13 amazing works from 13 fantastic makers. Purchase through redbubble – international shipping is very reasonable and calendar quality is excellent.

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