Friday, October 16, 2009

Featured Artist of the Month

This month's featured artist is Hallie Borden of Chicago. I got a chance to interview her and ask her about her beautiful collection of hand-knitted accessories for everyone. Here is what she had to say...

What type of artwork do you do?
I knit! Mostly hats, scarflettes and headbands. I am always throwing new things in there everyone now and then.

How long have you been creating?
A few years sporadically and a few months consistently.

How much time do you spend working on your craft?
It depends on how much business I am generating. If my shop is busy, I don't stop knitting. If it's slow, sometimes I go days without picking up the needles. (Sad days.)

What inspires you to create?
I love the look of odd colors matched together. Combination's that seem like they would be off, but you can't stop staring. So, I guess just looking at all of the colors of yarn I have and moving them around is inspiring to me.

Do you have a designing process?

If I do, it's haphazard. It mostly involves making a mess of all my supplies.

Where do you do your creating?
In my living room, on the couch!

Have you always been artsy?
I don't know if I've always been artsy, but I've always been crafty. I recently found a stash of about 100 terrifying pipe-cleaner and Styrofoam dolls I made as a youngster.

Do you have another job?
Oh yes, I have a few other jobs. I am a busy bee.

Where do you sell your pieces?
On Etsy and to my friends and family.

Do you enjoy what you do?
I really do. It's both soothing and exhilarating and I just love watching a simple ball of yarn turn into something beautiful.

Do you have a favorite piece in your shop?

That's a toughy. I think maybe this hat: Click Here To View It turned into something really different than I was expecting, but I still like it. I love that sometimes my own work can surprise me.

Do you have a blog set-up?
No, but that may change soon!

You can see more of Hallie's creations in her Etsy shop Halpal

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