Tuesday, January 29, 2008

plushteam featured artist



Tell a bit about yourself.
My name is Lauren, I am 26 years old. I have been living in the bay area in California for a little over a year and a half. I am moving back to my hometown of Willowick Ohio in about a week! I love sewing, drawing, reading anything I can get my hands on, and baking. I am also currently learning how to knit which is pretty cool and hard so far.
how did you get started making plush creatures?
I started making plush when I moved to California. My boyfriend at the time was an artist and he was spending his evenings drawing or painting. I decided that instead of sitting around watching t.v. when he was busy doing that, that I should try out a few things I had been wanting to do. Sewing more was one of them. I had a sewing machine, but I had

lost my pedal in my move, so in the beginning everything was handsewn. I made these very tiny kittens with button eyes. I loved it! When I started selling online, I made enough money to buy another pedal for my machine and I haven't looked back!
How do you feel your work represents you as an artist?
This is a hard question for me, I think of myself as more of a crafter I guess. Fabric is an

awesome medium and sewing is a perfect outlet for me. The process is super theraputic for me.

Can you describe your process?

My process begins with me sketching. I am always drawing whatever comes into my head animal or people or whatever. I usually can take my drawings and think up how it would look good to me as plush. There are a few things I have actual patterns for, but not much.

What are your favorite materials?
I like to work with fleece. Some people don't like it but it is soft and snuggly which is what I am trying to go for.
Do you have a favorite tool?
I really like my sewing machine.
It is not the "best" quality but I know it and know how it works and so I do well with it. I also like this pin cushion I got for Christmas which is like a pin cushion for your arm. That thing has done so much for me already.
What else inspires you?

kids! They are so awesome. I like them a lot. I love at shows when they come up to my booth and tell me what they think of my toys! I am also inspired every day by other crafty people doing their thing. I think that it is amazingly amazing to see what people create with a few materials and some brain power.

What has joining Etsy meant to you?

A lot. I have met so many awesome people, I have learned about so much stuff, I have found crazy cool artists and tips and tricks. I really like etsy.
What has the plushteam meant to you?
I love the plush team! I feel like I have this amazing group of creators that really understand what I am going through and get the madness it is to be a plush artist.
What's next for you?
Everything. I am moving so I am sure I will get all sorts of crazy inspiration from that. I am going to continue to make super cute plush toys and anything else that comes my way.My blog:
You can read up more about Lauren on her blog

4 comments:

moogan said...

great article!!!

Claire said...

Great interview! Awesome new creatures, too!

ChristinaWard said...

Congrats Lauren. Love the stickers on your machine.

UglyPrettyThings said...

I love lauren's creations. She is a very successful plush artist on etsy :)

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