Wouldn't you just love to sit in Two Left Hands craft room and watch how she makes all of these wonderful creations? Or, just sit and chat with her for a while? Every time we have shared emails Liz has been so sweet and kind. She also makes some of the most beautiful treasuries. And, look at her photography --the shots she takes of her lovely creations are so crisp and clear. So if you haven't visited Liz's etsy shop, you should do that immediately! If you see a treasury that she has created you should check that out too --you won't be disappointed!
1. When did you become interested in art and did you choose art, or did it choose you?
I have always been creating for as long as I can remember, so maybe it chose me! I can't sit still and need something in my hands all the time, usually some form of embroidery or handwork. When I was a kid my Dad made a felt Christmas tree and in the evening we would gather around the kitchen table and make little felt ornaments to hang on it! It was great fun, and being there were six kids in our family, we were always trying to see who could make the best ornament! That was when I fell in love with felt and embroidery.
2. You get to spend one weekend each with three historical figures, an artist, a writer and one of your choice. Who are they and what will you talk about or do?
An artist, probably Grandma Moses. She is the reason I love folk art and I like the fact that she didn't begin painting until she was elderly, which proves you are never to old to follow your dream!
My favorite author would be Margaret Mitchell, I have read and re-read Gone With the Wind at least five or six times, and seen the movie more times than I can count! And last would be Laura Ingalls Wilder. When I was a kid The Little House books were my favorites. I think I may have been born in the wrong century, sometimes!
3. Do any of these choices influence your work? and why?
I think they all influence me some how, I loved how Scarlett made a gorgeous dress from the velvet drapes, and how cherished handmade gifts were in Laura Ingalls life. She made a plain satin ribbon sound like a pot of gold!
4.How has the popularity of the internet affected your work?
It has effected my work a lot. I used to do craft shows and some consignment for my friends home decor store, but it wasn't near as satisfying as selling on Etsy has been. I have met so many wonderful new and talented friends from around the world, that everyday on Etsy is like opening a present. You just never know who you will meet, or what amazing piece of art you will see! It's a true blessing to be a part of this wonderful place!
5. Have you discovered any new technique to creating your work that you can share?
I can't really say that I have, I have been using the same techniques for a zillion years, and I just try to apply them to new things.
6. How do you overcome artist block?
I can't say I ever have a arist block! Usually when I am working on something, my mind is already planning the next project. If I feel the need for some inspiration, I head to the fabric store!
7. If I walked into your studio this moment what would you show me first? What would you want to hide?
I would probably show you the pictures of my grandkids that are hanging on the wall! I have nothing to hide..hehe!
8. Describe something that comes up in your work because of a life experience.
I think because I am left-handed I have always had to figure out how to do things my own way. For example, I used to smock a lot and it took me quite a while to figure out I had to work from the opposite side.
9. Is there anything else that you would like to share?
I would like to thank you for this interview, even though it wore out my brain! It has been great getting to know you this past year on Etsy, you're the best!