Kathleen Caid

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“I am basically a collector AND an artist. I love treasure hunting for the old fabrics that I use in my lampshades and the unusual lamp bases. That is the carrot. What comes first is the textile: dresses, curtains, tablecloths, bedspreads, throws; anything made of cloth that is sheer enough to allow light to pass through is what I search for…”  READ MORE

January 28th, 2014

Mr. Finch

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“My name is Finch – it’s actually my surname… Everyone calls me it and I like it. I’ve called my business Mister Finch so its clear from the start that I’m a man and one that sews. We are a bit thin on the ground but we are out there!”  READ MORE

January 28th, 2014

Ulani

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Jewelry maker and graphic designer, Lana Bragina, from Hamburg, Germany, is one who particularly tweaked my curiosity with her extremely unique combinations of infographics and crochet. Yeah. Right? Infographics and crochet. I just had to pick her brain…   READ MORE

January 27th, 2014

Joy Ude

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Joy Ude is exploring. After initiating a smart entrance into the fashion world, working for companies such as G-Unit Clothing, Apple Bottoms by Nelly, Dockers and Levis, she has returned to get a Master’s degree in Fibers at the University of North Texas. She’s allowing herself to explore both externally, into the mechanics and tactile beginnings of fashion, but also internally as well. She’s bringing deep personal interests into her work now.  READ MORE

January 23rd, 2014

Funny Farm Toy Barn

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Well, okay, it’s not JUST about ponies, though the 3 year old might tell you differently. Actually it’s about making, fun, creativity and family. Artizen discovered the amazing Lund family – Mom, Dad and 9 kids all living at home on a 50 acre homestead in Michigan. These folks manage to not only care well for each other and their farm every day, but also lovingly create enough to share. This is as close to the famous elvin toy makers as I can imagine and it’s the real thing.  READ MORE

January 23rd, 2014

Karla Erickson

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The Etsy shop, cacoondesigns, is filled with fabric artist, karna erickson’s sewn creations – everything from village cottages to toadstools to a menagerie of inhabitants. It’s a patchwork wonderland made from upcycled material and embroidery.  READ MORE

January 23rd, 2014

Kathy Cooper

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Artist, Kathy Cooper, has been one of the foremost painters of floorcloths in the US for many years, including writing two best-selling books on the topic. READ MORE

November 20th, 2013

NeSpoon

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Polish artist, Nespoon  delightfully riveted my attention with intricate, beautiful lacy patterns tucked away in urban environments. Some I viewed were spray paint, some were textiles and many were ceramic. Their complexity showed care and skill; the lace seemed to me to show a certain respect for beauty and craft while their placement showed equal parts gutsy response and joyful decoration.  READ MORE

November 18th, 2013

Kali Butterfly

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What once meant the difference between life and death on the Medieval battlefield is now turning heads in the art world.  READ MORE

June 27th, 2013

LA Drama Queen

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I’m a big fan of retro swimwear, ever since I purchased what I was informed was a fifties “romper” from my favorite vintage store.* While there are still some of those lovely old suits available out there, I really wanted to find someone daring to make them today. One of the absolute best is Tani Thompson, otherwise known as LA Drama Queen.  READ MORE

June 26th, 2013

Le Pied Leger

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Artizen did some quick checking and these adorable shoes are indeed lovingly handmade by a great couple in Uruguay… READ MORE

June 26th, 2013

Wandering Lydia

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I discovered Wandering Lydia’s Etsy page because of these adorable mushroom gardens, but I immediately discovered her hats shared similar traits, coming in a gamut of colors and shapes and all having that earthy yet quirky feel. READ MORE

June 26th, 2013

Luke Haynes

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First, to bust open a few stereotypes, can you tell us about being a guy who quilts?

This is something I come up against everyday. The demographic of quilters is quite specific, and I just don’t fit. I move a lot for my art with residencies and exhibitions and to regions sympathetic to quilters, so there is a lot of new faces to meet and greet. Being a quilter I go to fabric stores at least once a week, most of whom are run by the quilt maker demographic. As soon as I make eye contact I am immediately dismissed as the husband or boyfriend of a quilter or seamstress. I have a devil of a time finding help till I drop down 20 bolts of fabric on the table and start getting the fabric for an entire quilt.  READ MORE

June 10th, 2013

ELIN

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Normally when we think of lush classic materials used for fine clutches and bags, we absolutely would NOT want them to be moldy! Heaven forbid! Anything growing on your purse would, at minimum, cast aspersions on your eating habits and elicit mortification in the board room.

But not so with this collection by Elin Thomas, a fiber artist hailing from Bristol in the UK.  READ MORE

June 7th, 2013