Artist Series --Kim's Crafty Apple

I met Kim when we both joined the Etsy Treasury Team. Kim has so much energy and creativity and her Etsy shop, Kim's Crafty Apple, certainly shows it! Visit her blog as well....for lot's of interesting adventures!

When did you become interested in art and did you choose art, or did it choose you?

I guess my answer is the same as many artists out there – I’ve always been interested in art. My grandma always tells the story of me sewing my brother a quilt for his birthday when I was five. I used my material from my mom’s dirty rag bin including the fuzzy toilet seat cover. My brother, of course, LOVED it.

I don’t think I could get away from art if I wanted to. I’m always seeing things and creating something different with them or dreaming of things I must make. My best ideas come right before I wake up for the day.

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 –
Georgia O’Keefe – she was born in a town close to where I live now, Sun Prairie, WI, which I find really interesting. I think it would be fun to paint with her see her methods, inspiration, and creations.

A Writer –
John Steinbeck – East of Eden is one of my two favorite books (my other is Gone with the Wind). I can read it over and over and be enthralled by his writing skills each time. I think he would be interesting to sit and have coffee with.

My Choice – Scarlett O’Hara – I know she’s not real but she’s my favorite main character in a book. I remember staying home during High School on a Friday night just sobbing to the end of ‘Gone with the Wind’. In the movie, Scarlett is portrayed as just a ‘B*’ but in the book you can understand why she does the things she does. I would love to go to the bars and she what happens after a night with Scarlett!

How has the popularity of the Internet affected your work?

The internet has enabled me to show my work all over the globe. I am no longer limited to those that come and see me at my orchard or my craft fair. Basically, it’s enabled me to more effectively ‘support my habit' since I can sell more of my creations.

Have you discovered any new technique to creating your work that you can share? How do you overcome artist block?

I don’t think that I have any amazing technique with my work. I think my biggest asset in my work is that I don’t over think anything. I get asked the question, “How do you do it all?” all the time. I feel that I can accomplish as much as I do because I just do it. I don’t sit there and worry if this color will look good with this one or if this pattern is too much – I just trust my gut and go with it. It typically works.

I never have artist block – that’s why I create in so many mediums.
If I don’t feel like sewing I make jewelry. If I don’t feel like making jewelry I paint. If I don’t feel like painting I blog. If I don’t feel like blogging I do one of the other hundreds of projects I have in my mind. There’s always some sort of creative release for me out there – it just depends on the mood I’m in.

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 my sewing machine. It’s my baby. I love it…it even cuts it’s own thread! I don’t think I’d hide anything – my studio is a disaster but that’s how I create the best. My husband does not understand how I can make such beautiful things when I work in the midst of a disaster. That disaster is all my ideas out on the table ready to be made.

Describe something that comes up in your work because of a life experience?

I’m 27. I haven’t had much life experience yet. I would say that i really enjoy creating things for kids right now since I have two beautiful daughters: Mercedi - 3, and Capri – 2.

Describe what you do or who you are in a haiku
spirited artist

wild imagination fierce

ready to dive in

Is there anything else that you would like to share?

I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing today without my amazingly understanding husband. I was lucky that he grew up with the mom that he had who was very into the arts, crafts and quilting world as well (she’s who taught me how to quilt the proper way…). He spent many late nights cutting out wood shapes for the classes his mom would be teaching in the days to come. My husband doesn’t question when I come home with bags full of supplies or boxes full of fabric arrive in the mail day after day. I’m grateful for his support and encouragement.

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Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves and Fringies Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Rose, it's always a pleasure reading your blog! Kim's interview was lovely--love the pic of her and and her sweetie!! :D
Celeste (Crickets)

niftyknits said...

Wonderful - I love your approach to interviews Rose, you bring out aspects we wouldn't know were there. Nice to know more about you Kim!

treasurefield said...

I'm enjoying your interviews, and this is a great one. Love the quilt story!
Kim sounds like an artist who'd be just as fun to get to know as Georgia O'Keefe. I can really relate to her varied interests!

Jaci said...

Love the questions - made me think about what my responses might be. And loved reading Kim's answers. What a beautiful, creative lady!

My Mother's Garden said...

Rosa and Kim,

This is a great interview with interesting questions! I really enjoyed reading about Kim and her free flowing creativity. Sounds as if she lives a truly blessed life.

Katherine said...

I have so many artsy ideas in my head... but I can't even draw a circle correctly! How great that there are REAL artists in this world!

Sherry said...

What a wonderful interview, best to you and your family. Rose, I just love these!

Cheryl said...

sweet interview!

leapinggazelle said...

What a wonderful interview! It's so great to know more about you Kim. I love your childhood quilt story. Your 2 children are so sweet.

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