Inspiring People: Like Knows Like

I was first introduced to the Like Knows Like project by way of the short documentary they put together on Lisa Congdon, a favorite artist of mine. I love seeing snippets of other people’s lives (who doesn’t?), especially within their creative process and how they balance their work and play. The project is the work of two artists who are making these sneak peeks into the lives of other artists, and the videos are so wonderful. Art capturing art. I have yet to see them all, but they have been great company in my studio when I need a little break. The length (around five minutes each) is just perfect for a bit of insight, and each one has left me feeling inspired. Go have a peek…

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made & gifted

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Long ago, somewhere on Pinterest, I spied a quilt made of wool sweater squares. I knew mine would have to be an ongoing project – and so for every wool sweater that I bought and felted and recycled into a doll, I would make sure and cut a few squares and stash them away. Eventually there was enough to make a smallish blanket, and I knew it was the prefect gift for a wool-loving friend who was expecting a baby. In the end I cut the squares in half and used the triangles to make it a little more interesting, forgetting I think that this would also double the sewing time! The wool has enough weight on its own not to need a batting, and the reverse side is flannel. Oh I do love a a finished project, especially one that was so long in the making. Also, welcome to the world baby A, this one’s for you.

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home:made

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I love making things for my home, but I don’t do it as often as I would like. A lot of my creative energy goes into my business…so when there is something that sticks around, I get reeaally excited about it. And I mean, there is nothing crazy exciting about fabric buckets, they’ve been popular for a long time now…but I needed something to put my ugly plant pot in, and I happened to have all the materials on hand. Plus, I had some fun making this polka dot print using a little wooden man and some fabric paint…

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If you’d like to make your own, there are lots of free tutorials out there, but this one and this one look similar to what I was going for here. One thing, keep in mind that the rigidity of the basket depends a lot on the thickness of interfacing – I used the thickest I could find, at least a couple of mm’s (it stands on its own). So happy I took the time to do this, it makes me remember that, oh yes, I can make things for us too!

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Inspiring people…Yokoo

I remember years ago (five years, oh goodness) reading the Etsy featured seller interview with Yokoo. I was really taken by what she was creating and just this way about her, even though you only get the briefest glimpse. I was delighted today to come across this video they made with her a few years later. It is the best thing I have seen in a while, do watch it if you have an extra four minutes. She is so eloquent, and puts a lot of things into words that I feel all the time – especially as an introvert with a public creative undertaking. My favorite words, ‘I just feel like, there’s no room to be mediocre. And it’s not because I have some kind of disorder, it’s simply because I enjoy, immensely, being great.’

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Custom work for Moonbot Studios

Two years in a row now I have had the pleasure of working with the lovely people at Moonbot Studios to create some one of a kind plush pieces based on their illustrations. Last year I made them a Morris Lessmore doll (and if you haven’t seen what the book and film are all about, please do. It’s so very good and charming and oh, just go look at it!) complete with hat and cane and a little book that landed on his arm…

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They were nice enough to send me a photo of the doll with the creator of Morris – this was a big deal for me! And, it’s always so nice to see where dolls end up after you say goodbye at the post office.

This year I had all sorts of fun making three of the characters from their latest game, Lollipop 3!

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Oh yes, Kitten of Splendor! These were huggable-big and I loved how the simplicity of the design translated into dolls. It is so interesting and fun for me to work from the drawings and ideas of other artists, it almost always pushes me to a place that I wouldn’t go myself. So, thank you Moonbot Studios, I am a big big fan!