I have had the pleasure of interviewing a bunch of authors and today I thought I'd share with you the one I did with the fabulously creative Lisa Kettell author of:
Altered Art Circus!
takes the reader on a magical journey into an artistic world where you
can discover your creative muse, waiting to come out and play. It is,
at heart, a technique book for altered artists, but the ideas are
housed within a wonderful, spectacular fantasy land. Altered Art Circus! you
the daydreamer, the explorer, the artist, to a place you have never
been, where you can unleash your artistic dreams and explore hidden
worlds through cutting-edge techniques, creative projects, and
Altered Art Circus! includes easy tutorials on basic digital altering effects for new and vintage images, step-by-step instruction for projects, a gallery of inspirational work from other artists, and clip art and images for you to use in your own projects. The book covers digital and paper alteration, creating from found and household objects (jars and boxes), features playful illustration, vintage imagery, and uses myriad other mixed-media materials, ranging from glitter and wire to crinoline and coloring agents.
Lisa Kettell is a mixed-media artist and writer with years of education and experience in altered art, graphic and print design, business, and marketing. She designs and publishes a successful art and fantasy zine called The Faerie Zine, which is dedicated to fairyology, the arts, creative inspiration, and travel.
1. What does your workspace/ design space look like?
My workshop has the feel of an old apothecary shoppe, with black shelving and artful displays. I have a love for vintage bottles and glass, using them when ever I can for my glitter and unique supplies.
2. Do you save your mistakes/ or designs you don't love right away -or ditch them?
I save them, they become my best work, most of the time.
3. What's on your "next to try" list?
A soldered Crown/Tiara and artful knitting
5. Do you ever work with recycled materials?
All the time, from old tomato sauce jars to ribbon spools, recycling into new items is a passion of mine, I love re-inventing.
6. What music do you listen to when designing?
Depends on the mood or the pieces I'm working on. I can listen to acid jazz, the Nutcracker/Classical or Alternative Rock. I have a very diverse musical taste!
7. How long does a design take you to create?
Anywhere from a half hour to 3 weeks, it all depends on the details and size.
8. How do you organize your supplies?
In old planting vases, jars, photo boxes, baskets, and a huge Orient Express Trunk.
9. What books/magazines do you read?
Romantic Homes, Victoria, Southern Lady, Somerset Publications (all of them), Cloth Paper Scissors, Home Companion, Faerie Magazine, Tea, Marie Claire Idees(From France) , Little Things Magazine (From Asia) and my own zines: The Faerie Zine and Piddlestixs!
10. How would you describe your personal style?
Varied, my style changed all the time, but I am lover of Egyptology/Bombay Old England style with vintage apothecary and I love the Tea Time Shabby Chic look as well, and these can all be seen in the themes of my works.
11. How do you determine what a design is going to be made with?
I love paper so I can tell you I try to incorporate paper of some sort into my works and glitter. Again new designs depend on the look I am trying to achieve and supplies will be added throughout the design process as I think of them.
12. Do you have a collection of anything?
Carnival Dolls, Wooden Shoes, Pearls, Eiffel Tower Items, Tea Time Accessories, And Books, Ephemera are on the mind right now, I collect all of these things and more!
13. And the all important question (from Ravelry) what is your favorite swear word?
Oh goodness, I've shouted out several of them when I burn my hands on hot glue!
Thanks Lisa for sharing all your insights into your creative process and space!
And if that wasn't enough inside scoop into a creative person's life, pop on over to CraftSanity for a conversation with another fabulous "L"- Laurie Sharp, author of
Anyone can make cute and cuddly creatures from a handful of fluff and a barbed needle!
Needle felting is a new craft and is gaining in
popularity. There are only a few books written on the subject and most
of those focus on 'flat' needle felting on a surface. This book is
about sculptural needle felting--creating 3-D animals and figures using
the felting needle to sculpt wool.
This book shows the techniques and describes how the felting needle works with wool fiber to create felt, while explaining the differences between this art form and other forms of felting. You will learn how to hold the needle, what sort of materials to use, and why.
There are 20 complete projects including various birds, bugs, four-legged animals, and people--each one unique and irresistible! Laurie also shows the reader ways to display their felted creations as mobiles, ornaments, or arranged in shadow boxes.
Laurie Sharp is a full time artist and has been needle felting for over 5 years. She raises her own sheep, shears and processes the wool for most of her projects. She has been featured on HGTV’s 'That’s Clever'. View her web site: www.woolpets.com. Her work has been shown in a number of galleries in the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband and business partner, Kevin Sharp. Kevin is a professional photographer, and provides both beauty and how-to photography for this book. His work can be viewed on www.sharpphotography.com.
Laurie Sharp has a bunch of new kits up for spring including this one:
Aren't these guys great?
(That's not today's question, but it does lead me to it!)
What are you going to be crafting up for spring?
If you celebrate Easter, have you picked your theme?
Eggs were definitely my theme last year, but I have already gone full on bunny this year. Especially the Peeps bunny.
And as usual, leave your answer in the comments section and you'll be entered to win a free book for peeps sake!