Saturday, February 21, 2009

Getting to know you - Amanda of Krafty Panda

I hope you like these interviews as much as I do. It is just so nice hearing what other people feel and think about crafting. It really doesn't matter what skills you have (or perceived lack of skill), it is the fact that we are making something that is, well, awesome.

Right-o, enough of me yapping on - straight on to this week's interview with the lovely Amanda!

Your name
Amanda aka mandapanda :: blog ::

Where in the world are you?
Queensland, Australia

Briefly describe yourself and what you make
I’m a devoted christian and animal lover who, while studying and working with reptiles, loves making and giving crafts!

Who or what inspires you?
Friends and family inspire me, as well as friends I’ve made here in blogland. My animals inspire me every day with their unique personalities, and books I pick up at the oppy and library also help.

When / how did you learn?
I’m a self-taught crafter, but books have leant a hand also.

Why do you 'bother' to make things by hand?
I can’t work my Mum’s sewing machine!

What is your craft ”philosophy”?
No philosophy. I simply enjoy doing what I do.

Fondest craft-related memory?
Seeing my Aunts craft room and all the beautiful things she’d made over the years.

Have you always made 'stuff'?
No. It started when I was about 17. I was going through a deeply personal traumatic experience, and craft just seemed to keep my hands and mind from wandering.

Can you reveal a little about your creative process?

I see something interesting and an idea seems to form in my mind, so I take out a pad of paper and start drawing! Then it just seems to all come together.

How do you deal with crafty mistakes?
Undo it with a picker. Or simply cut out the bit I hate, start again and use the discarded material for another project.

Favourite book(s) or craftbook(s)?
My Bible inspires me every day.

Do you have a designated craft space? What does it mean to you?
My designated craft space is my bed! The bed itself doesn’t mean anything to me, but the doona covers I own represent different stages of my life.

Do you use a sketchbook or journal?
Yes and no. Does a pad of paper count?

Why is crafting good for you?
It keeps me busy of an evening. My hands need to do something, whether it be crafting, embroidering, sorting or drawing!

Is your art/ craft a business as well?

Any advice on running an arty/ crafty business? My craft is not a business, but my advice would be, make sure what you’re selling is something the general public want or need.

What impact (if any) has the internet had on your craft?
Not really any impact, but I do love showing people what I’ve made and the feedback I have gotten, so maybe just a little...

Do you make art or craft? Is there a difference?

I make both. The difference is in the eye of the beholder.

If you could make any project without limits to cost, materials or even skill, what would it be?
A quilt made of mens $30 - $100 ties(that I saw in David Jones) all sewn together! Or a big wooden bed in the shape of a slumbering cat or lizard or maybe even a coiled snake! Also some metal birdbaths and garden ornaments.

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