EMILY OF IT'S OK. IT'S ART.
Tell us about you and what role handmade plays in your life…
I've always been a creative type, it’s always just sort of oozed out of me, ever since I can remember. Every project I worked on was a bit over the top (but what is “too much,” really??), and I've always loved getting down and dirty with my art. I'm a subversive artist— but we artists don't call it a mess, we call it creating!
What is something interesting and/or personal about you and your business?
My business was born out of personal heartbreak, but following the advice of the epic Carrie Fisher, I persevered to “take your broken heart and turn it into art.” Despite feeling as though I'd lost everything, I still had a few faithful standbys: my three cats, my salty humour, and a healthy supply of vino.
One can really do a lot with those.
I decided to fully embrace my #catlady ways, and one night, fuelled by shiraz, candlelight, and my own unresolved feelings, I created my first colouring page.
How did you get interested in becoming a maker? What do you love about it?
I think many makers are “makers" before they ever realise or claim that title. I've never been good at claiming titles like “artist,” “musician,” or “maker.” I think “maker" might ring the most true for me, though, as I've always gained energy and happiness from creating or making things— music, painting, building furniture, sweary adult colouring designs...whatever! I love that my business is my own and that I can take it in any direction I choose.
What is it that you specialize in within the crafting/handmade goods world?
I hand draw adult colouring designs that are fun, cheeky, and sometimes even sweary! You'll love colouring again, I swear!
Describe your artistic community and how you think people in your community see you...
I feel so fortunate to be part of not only a lively and supportive local community, but also an extremely close knit online community as well. It’s so nice to be surrounded and supported by my peers without the feeling of competitiveness found in the corporate world. I would describe my role as one of sometimes mentor, as I’m happy to help out my peers, but also an eager and avid learner, as I have many inspiring makers full of knowledge in my communities both online and locally as well.
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