Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Q&A With Cutesy but not Cutesy

Greetings all! Mary here from ecoLEFTZ! I thought it would be fun to mix it up a little and ask Diane from Cutesy but not Cutesy a few thought provoking questions. Diane never ceases to amaze me with the care and detail she brings into each piece she creates.

Let's dive in and discover a few things you may not
have known about this talented lady!

Describe your style and how it chose you. 

My style is a mix of whimsical characters and bright colors with an 'old' handmade appeal. I made the decision at the beginning to stitch all my plush by hand to pay homage to my ancestors and the tradition of hand-sewing.  My grandparents would tell stories of their parents stitching away without machines and I felt inspired to carry on that little piece of history in my own work.  I use black thread so that the individual stitches can be seen in each piece.  I think this really adds to the handmade quality of it and people can really appreciate the amount of work that goes into each piece.

If you had magical powers what would they be?

If I had magical powers I'd like to be able to fly like superman.  Than I could travel at will and as quickly as I'd like all over the world all while feeling the fresh air on my face as I go!

What tool of the trade could you not live without?

I've often thought about what would happen if I lost the ability to hand-sew.  Sewing with my feet or other parts of my body would be quite the challenge... so I'd have to say I couldn't live without my biggest tools, my hands, although I'm confident I'd find a way regardless!

What do you do when you’re suffering a creative block? 

Usually when I'm suffering a creative block, I first try to remind myself that it happens to all artists more often than we think.  Then I usually take some time for myself.  I've mastered the art of 'the thinking shower'.  It tends to clear my head and help me sort through my ideas or things that are frustrating me.  And when that doesn't work, I usually try to make something entirely different.  Something I've always wanted to make but never had the time.  Something for me.  It's so important as an artist to make things for yourself, sometimes.  It gives me a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction and helps to inspire me to make other things.

Do you have any irrational fears?

I have a lot of irrational fears. Too many to list, in fact.  I do have a pretty intense fear of public speaking and business-related phone calls.

Any exciting projects in the upcoming future? 

I have a few projects in the works.  Every year I try to design at least one new product for the new year.  This year I started with The Grumpsters, my new line of hipster monsters.  I'm also working on developing a new line of children's clothing, hopefully later in the year! 

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