Saturday, August 1, 2009

Featured Artist of the Month

This month's featured artist are fellow Etsians Alyssa Krismer and Joslyn Krismer of Arlington Texas. I got a chance to interview them and ask about there beautiful and unique fabric leaves. Here is what they had to say...

What type of art work do you do?
We make modern alternatives to artificial plants by sewing fabric leaves onto hand-wrapped stems. We call them Sweet Leaves and we currently offer them in Branches (large), Twigs (small), and potted plants. Coming soon, sprigs (mini) and wreaths. We can, however, make almost any size or style. We love doing custom orders!

How long have you been creating?
Although we've always loved creating and decorating, we just started creating our Sweet Leaves this year.

How much time do you spend working on your craft?
It really depends on our orders and upcoming shows. It can range from 1-8 hours a day. Luckily we really like to make fabric leaves.

What inspires you to create?
We are definitely inspired by nature, beautiful decorating and design as well as fabric, fabric, fabric.

Do you have a designing process?

Our designing process usually begins with an inspiring fabric print. From there we start our assembly line process of cutting, sewing and wrapping. We love designing custom orders. It is such a challenge and rewarding experience to produce the perfect accent piece for someone's home decor.

Where do you do your creating?

We both work from our kitchen tables "for now"

Have you always been artsy?
Most definitely!

Do you have another job?
I Alyssa stay at home with my two little boys, while Joslyn works at The University of Texas in Arlington.

Where do you sell your pieces?
Currently we sell on Etsy and a funky, adorable gift shop in The Coffee Haus Downtown in Arlington.

Do you enjoy what you do?
We really do LOVE everything about designing, making and selling of our Sweet Leaves. It gives us a creative outlet and a huge sense of pride and accomplishment as well as an ippurtunity to meet some friends along the way.

Do you have a favorite piece in your shop?
Our favorite piece has to be the Garden Green Branches. Our very first Sweet Leaves were made using this beautiful Braemore decorator fabric. The color and pattern go so well with pratically any decor. Unfortunately, we can't find the fabric anymore. We will be sad when the last of it is gone!

See more of JaneJoss creations in there Etsy shop janejoss

I fell in love with their shop so much that I just had to treat myself to their gorgeous garden green branch set. One word sums it all up beautiful!

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