When and why did you start doing embroidery?
My mother taught me the basics of embroidery as a child, but I didn't think to combine my crafting skills with my fine arts education until about 2001. I was in an introductory drawing class in college and ran out of paper for an assignment, so I drew onto some fabric I had with me. I thought, "This would look cool embroidered" and it snowballed from there.
How did your family influence your present career path?
I'm lucky to have a family that always supported my interest in the arts! As a child I was always given art supplies, and my mother is very talented in sewing and various needlecraft, and always taught me what she was doing if I showed interest. I always wanted to be an artist when I grew up, so it wasn't surprising to them that I accomplished that goal.
Which work were you most satisfied with?
I'll never be totally satisfied! But I think I like my girlfriends series the most. It's joyful, and was inspired by my own friendships.
What feelings or styles you wanted to show the audiences when you first started the projects?
I definitely shy away from anything that's sad or angry, it's just not my personality. I do like spooky, though. But mostly I want the viewers to have their own feelings about them, I don't feel the need to spell out what a piece is about, that's up to the viewer.
Your work featured mainly with the female characters, when did you start having this idea and why?
I think I mostly feature females because I understand them more than I understand men. I'm telling stories, and they're typically autobiographical. Also the fashion is more fun! It's almost like playing dolls again....I put on their outfits, fix their hair, and start acting out a story.
Where did your ideas come from?
My ideas lately have been influenced by folklore and mythology, the occult, mixed with things I go through in my personal life.
What is your daily working procedures?
Mornings are spent packing up orders, going to the post office, shopping for supplies, sometimes drawing out ideas or doing research online or at the library, and by early afternoon I start embroidering and continue until about midnight. It's a long day but I really love what I do!
Which is the most difficult part in your embroidery creatures?
The hardest part is the planning of an embroidery. It starts with the initial drawing on paper, then I redraw it by hand again onto fabric. There aren't any tricks involved, everything is by hand. That second drawing is the most difficult, you can never get it to look exactly like the paper drawing! After that it's fun.
Which is the most enjoyable part to you?
I absolutely LOVE stitching faces. I likes seeing my drawings come to life.
What is your motivation for your work?
It’s fun, I think that's my primary motivation. I just love embroidering. I know some artists have political or social motivation, for me I just enjoy telling stories, and I enjoy the act of embroidering. I'm lucky to be able to support myself doing what I love every day.
Would you continue your brand ten years later?
Well, it's been about 15 years since I've started, and my style has changed greatly with my abilities through those years, so I look forward to seeing how it looks ten years from now! I haven't gotten bored yet, and I have a million ideas in my head still, so we'll see!
If you could, what will you tell your future self in ten years?
"Great job, girl!" (Hopefully! LOL)