|Some of Robbie's wonderful small quilts!|
But here's what Robbie told me I have to do...answer these questions, and introduce you to some more bloggers that you might not know. Then they will do the same in a week or so! Here we go...
1. What am I working on?
A new necklace that uses some of the techniques I developed for Bored By Back Stitch: bead embroidered forms of St Petersburg chain stitch, metal mesh ribbon, and maybe some shibori silk ribbon too.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I am constantly exploring how to integrate new stitches and materials into mixed media bead embroidery.
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Because there's a fire burning in my bones if I don't.
4. How does my writing/creating process work?
I want everyone who ever thought that they'd like to try expressing themselves through bead embroidery, but thought it would be too difficult to learn, to be able to see how easy it is to get started. Like many other art forms, bead embroidery is easy to start, difficult to master, and impossible to ever be finished with learning. My goal is to never stop learning, and to take others along for the ride! To that end, I work on new ideas, document what works and what doesn't, and share it with other mixed media fanatics.
Now, here are the bloggers that I'd like you to meet!
Tammy Powley is a writer, designer, and teacher. She has been a long time crafter working in all kinds of media from fiber arts to glass. After spending eight years on the art show circuit selling her jewelry designs as well as supplying small boutiques with her work, she began writing about her crafting experiences and focused on teaching others how to make jewelry. She is the author of numerous jewelry making books, has an extensive background in writing for the web, and was About.com’s Guide to Jewelry Making for 15 years. Tammy has a Ph.D. in Texts and Technology, and as her "day job," she teaches college English, primarily composition, literature, and technical communications.
Eileen Bergen returned to her artistic roots after taking early retirement. Financial reverses spurred her to pinch pennies. What better way than to DIY? Soon Eileen was selling in galleries, expos and craft fairs. That led to her own gift shop and finally The Artful Crafter website. She chose the motto "The Artful Crafter - Helping Crafters to Be", figuring there were probably more people out there like her – people who need to bring in extra cash and aren't aware of their hidden talents.
Her original intention was to advise other crafty people on how to get started crafting for profit, but soon casual crafters as well began writing with questions.
Cherie Burbach is a poet, mixed media artist, and freelance writer specializing in lifestyle and relationships. She's written for About.com, NBC/Universal, Match.com, Christianity Today, and more. Her latest book is: My Soul Is From a Different Place: Poems.
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