When I shop handmade, it’s usually because I’m looking for something unique. I also like the idea of supporting other artists and craftsmen in the effort to never work for the man.
I grew up in New Orleans, and still think it's the greatest city in the world.
I have worked as a special effects makeup artist, video game producer, and caricature pinata artist.
I drive a scooter. (Yes, I wear a helmet!)
I think the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack is a masterpiece.
What got you started crafting?
It's hard to say, as I can't remember a time when I wasn't making things. My dad was a painter, so I guess I picked up the artist gene from him. I used to sculpt tiny heads out of his soft erasers. As a kid, I took my doll house apart and use the pieces to build a desk so that I could play "office".
What is your source of inspiration?
Most of my inspiration comes from the materials that I use. I design my bags around the fabrics and hardware rather than looking for materials that will fit my designs.
What have you made recently?
My latest design, and current favorite thing to make, is the wrap clutch. The idea came to me when I dug up and old brush that I'd made in my makeup artist days. I layer sheer fabrics like lace or chiffon over canvas or printed cotton, and finish it off with a wrap around tie made from ribbon or cord.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I have a Zibbet shop where people can purchase my bags, and I'm getting things together now for my first craft show.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
When I shop handmade, it's usually because I'm looking for something unique. I also like the idea of supporting other artists and craftsmen in the effort to never work for the man.