As someone who grew up in the city and was far removed from the knowledge of where food and products come from, I'm always interested in people who have grown up with that perspective. What advantages or disadvantages do you feel your childhood has given you?
Did you always know that you wanted to be an artist? If not, how did you find this path?
i always knew i wanted to be an artist, but was discouraged by a lot of people around me not to pursue it. most of my life has been about coming to terms with who i really am, and not letting others talk me out of it!
How is your appreciation for handcrafted things reflected in your everyday life?
for me, it was a natural progression from making things from the materials i had on hand. now that i sell larger quantities of things it makes more sense to use "new" materials, but these new materials should also be recycled or sustainable. and i strive to make just enough items to satisfy demand. making too many items, even from recycled materials, is also wasteful.
You have quite a few projects going on (product design, website design, art in galleries), how do you manage to keep so many balls in the air?