This week I had the good fortune to meet Talina from the etsy store, Ripper Arts. I fell in love with this adorable baby hat and think the baby is equally gorgeous. So, I had to ask her a few questions.
Q. How long have you been knitting/crafting?
A. My earliest memory creating was as a young child, when my grandmother taught me to crochet. I would make clothes for my dolls. Then, as a preteen, I remember drawing, designing, wanting to be a fashion designer. As a young adult, I basically taught myself to sew after my mom gave me a quick lesson. I started to sew clothes for my son when I became a mom myself. I then sold custom clothing/dresses mostly to girls/women at church and in the family. I tried other various arts and crafts in the meantime, until I fellow nurse/coworker introduced me to scrapbooking about 12 years ago. My paper scrapping obsession turned digital after I taught myself web design/graphics to make my church web site. I then made my son's elementary school web site. Soon thereafter, I made the connection between web and print and worked as a digital scrapbook designer at scrapgirls.com. I love photography and playing in Photoshop. I did that for several years, abandoning paper scrapbooking/crafting all together. I only recently picked up my crochet hook again. I think I missed physically creating with my hands.
Q. How long have you had an etsy store?
A. I stumbled upon Etsy back in the Fall of 2008, after my husband and I did an arts and crafts show. I saw the cutest upcycled children's knit hats at the show, and I later did an internet search for them. I stumbled across Etsy and fell in love. My husband and I didn't set up our own Etsy shop until December 2008.
Q. Where do you get inspiration?
A. My husband, boys (we have four) and I love the outdoors. We enjoy hiking and camping. Most of my inspiration comes from nature, my family, everyday events, and other Etsians. I just love the whole idea of handmade!
Talina also shared with me that her and her husband will soon be starting their own brick and mortar store. Her husband is a custom furniture designer and maker and after quitting his day job will be working in a studio full time. Talina plans to keep her day job as a registered nurse and also work in a gallery.
"Hopefully, this gallery will become our own in September of this year. The studio is in the same building as the gallery, right behind it actually. We are working together with a fine artist, an oil painter, Cindy Saadeh http://cdsaadeh.etsy.com. We are making a big shift/change in our lifestyle. We are ready to make our dreams come true, moving into a downtown loft, living the urban life, working together, raising our children in a creative/artistic atmosphere. We will soon be living our art!"
Please visit Talina's store at: www.ripperarts.etsy.com