26 June 2009

Featured Seller: SleepyKing

Please meet sleepyking. I saw her creatures and fell in love with them all! Especially Loretta.

Apart from creating things, what do you do? Do you have a day job?
I haven't had a job in almost a year now. I decided I want to be with my little boy to teach him things and watch him grow. I couldn't stand the thought of me going back to work while someone else gets to enjoy his cuteness. After he was a few months old he got a lot easier to take care of and thats when I knew I wanted to try to sell my creations on etsy to make some extra money.

What first made you want to become an artist?
Well honestly? Its kind of weird but when I saw Marilyn Mansons paintings for the first time when I was 14 I felt really inspired. His water colors are absolutely beautiful. I started painting shortly after that and painting became my main craft. I stricktly painted from the age of 14 to 21, at 22 I started to branch out. I've done some ceramic work, knitting, embroidering, paper crafts, etc. Then I found that sewing was the thing I really enjoy the most. Its so much fun and its also a lot easier than dragging out the messy paints and brushes when you have a baby.

Please describe your creative process how, when, materials, etc.
I sew whenever I get the chance. If my son is in a really good mood I might get to sew for a few hours a day, if he's cranky I might get 10 minutes here and there throughout the day. I try to listen to music while I create because I feel like music changes my mood and the way my creations end up looking. If I'm listening to Bob Dylan I might create something like my little prarie bunny. If I'm listening to Tom Waits I might create something a little weird like Loretta the daytime insomniac. Music has a lot to do with my crafting ;) My favorite materials are recycled ones and wool fabrics.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
I really love this handmade knitted donkey that I got from a good friend for Christmas a few years ago. Its only about 3 inches high by 4 inches long. Its one of the cutest little things I own and I adore it.

What inspires you?
Music, people watching, animals and my little boy.

Anything else you'd like to tell us?
I will be posting a lot of new plushies in the near future so add me to your favorites or your bookmarks and check back often! You can also find me on twitter, facebook and myspace.


Lrc said...

so cool that you featured sleepyking...her work is very personable and cute!

Rosebud Collection said...

What cute little toys.
I always stayed home with the girls
and our daughters are following the same path. Sure, we did without many things,but was worth every minute of it.

PonderandStitch said...

I loooove sleepyking! She's a sweetheart and her items are adorable. :)

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