Without further ado, here are the questions that were presented to me.
1. What am I working on right now?
A couple of things in line, but mostly binding books. I've completed a series of Starburst journals that will be listed in my Etsy and Felt shop soon.
I'm also doing a custom order for a customer. Making book covers with woodblock prints. It's still in the process and will take some time to complete it.
The holiday season is approaching, it's time to fill up both my Etsy and Felt shop so that my lovely customers will be able to get some nice goodies as presents for their loved ones. It is also peak season for me for the next few months as I will be attending more craft markets. So it's binding and more binding in the studio. I also have some new ideas playing around in the head, and hoping to be able to make them soon. We shall see.
2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?
My work is always evolving and I find ways to add a touch of my own, a signature of who I am if you may. Although I have stayed true to what I learned, it is still a trial and error and finding what works and what doesn't for me. I recently discovered woodblock printing and have been printing my own patterned fabric to make them into journal covers. Experimenting with dyes and inks and exploring into a whole new universe of fabric making fun times. I have so many ideas I want to do and play and get messy and wishing I can stretch the days longer.
3. Why do I create what I do?
I just do what comes naturally, and that is the joy of creating and adding beauty to the world. The joy of trying something new, even when the whole making and creating didn't turn out as what I'd expected it to be, to me it is still a wonderful and fun process, nothing is wasted. And when what I create makes it to the world and being appreciated by people who bring them home, it brings a sense of deep fulfilment, that somehow I have filled a little piece of puzzle in their lives. That what I do brings joy to others, and that, makes me happy.
As to why I make journals? You can have a little read in my Etsy About page and know me a wee bit intimately there.
4. How does my creative process work?
I'm not quite sure how to answer this actually, is it talking about what happens in the brain when it gets fired up or more of the doing process? If it's talking about the brain part, I don't really understand how creative process (or mine) works - yet :) As an artist or crafter, what I do is to just show up everyday, and usually I have a to do list that I go about doing and when inspiration strikes, and believe me it can happen at anytime and anywhere, that spark would trigger another set of creative process and that's when the fun begins. So I really don't limit creative process to just sitting in my studio folding papers and binding books, because it also includes activities outside studio time and I do get some aha idea moments when watching the clouds, the trees and birds and even when I'm knee deep in the earth gardening.
There you have it. Some fun things about me and my creative journey.
I did not tag anyone for the interview, so if you feel you'd like to join in the fun, tag yourself and leave a comment below, I'd love to visit your blog and read all about your creative journey and I'll link you up in my next blog post.