NOOKFEST MAKER PROFILES // ASJA OF AZATORIUM
Tell us about you and what role 'hand-made' plays in your life...
HAND MADE is a very fulfilling concept for me. It allows me to express my self in a very organic manner, it nurtures patience and gives me an extreme sense of accomplishment.
What do you specialize in within the handmade goods/ crafting world?
Azatorium specializes in creating modern cross stitch art design in the form of DIY kits and finished products for all the craft lovers out there.
What is something fun, interesting and/or personal about you and your business?
I learned how to cross stitch at an early age of about six, explained to me by my amazing grandma. A few years ago I decided to pick it up again to make a birthday present for a friend and haven’t stopped since. It is a process driven by nostalgia and this hunger to make the old craft new again. My goal is to make the cross stitch art modern and fun again!
How did you get interested in becoming a maker? What do you love about it?
I think I was a maker even before officially becoming one. Having a background in Interior Decorating, I was always surrounding my self with visual arts and crafts, from drafting to knitting and stitching... officially becoming one seemed just a natural next step.
Describe your artistic community and how you think people in your community see you.
The artistic community in Toronto is a large, very tight-knit group of talents who support and encourage one another. It is as special as the people who love and support your creations. They are a great drive for me to keep the creativity flowing. It is a wonderful feeling to be considered one of the artists! I hope they perceive me to be as worthy and talented as I consider them to be.
What stories do you have or struggles have you overcome that will encourage the development and strengthen the identity of the Canadian-crafted industry?
"Canadian Made” on a product sounds so wonderful. It gives a little push to your decision buying process. I strongly believe that the local art scene is is so strong because the people behind it are truly talented and are trying to do something good for the community and the planet.
Creating something by hand takes time. It takes patience and perseverance. It takes a lot of believing in yourself. Those are the struggles every maker faces. But at the end of the day we must remind ourselves that if it is something good it is never easy. We keep going...
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