Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Moo Crew Feature

This week’s featured shop is OddStuffbyXanthe, a delightfully fanciful place to find original prints and collages, including jewelry!

1) Tell us about your work & what drew you to it.

Right now I mostly work in painted paper collage although my background is in jewelry and metalworking. I injured my wrists years ago and could no longer forge metal. I puttered around trying different mediums and being a Stay-at-Home Mom. Just before my youngest started school I bought a copy of Somerset Studio magazine at Borders in Madison. I was amazed! I loved the mixture of mediums and techniques. I played around and experimented. I was hooked real fast! Since then I've taken a handful of classes at Valley Ridge Art Studio in Muscoda, WI and I just figure things out on my own.

2) What is most enjoyable about your work?

I feel like it is playtime! I love creating interesting textures with paint. There is no wrong way to do any of this, I may not like a result, but I learn from the process.

3) What is your biggest challenge?

Finding the time to work. I guess that can be a challenge when you work from home. It is hard for me to ignore what needs to be done around the house and the yard to focus on studio time. I also am active in volunteer work and find it hard to say "no" when help is needed!

4) How are you inspired?

My children are a huge inspiration. I am trying to recapture what most adults loose, that simplicity of shape, color, and line that kids naturally have in their art. I'm doing my best to embrace a sense of whimsy and not be too critical.

5) Apart from creating, what do you enjoy? What are you passionate about?

I love to read, garden, and to cook. I do a lot of crafts and projects with my kids. When I can, I participate in swap-bot swaps.

6) What is something you've always wanted to try, but haven't yet?

I want to design a line of papergoods and Spoonflower fabric.

7) Is there any rule you can't help but break?

I cannot follow instructions or recipes as they are written. I work "on the fly".

8) What could you never live without?

My family.

9) Tell us your top five! (music, books, movies, websites - besides Etsy!)

My top 5 favorite websites:

1. Craft http://craftzine.com/

2. Paper n Stitch http://papernstitchblog.com

3. Design Sponge http://www.designspongeonline.com/

4. A Fanciful Twist http://afancifultwist.typepad.com/

5. Allrecipes http://allrecipes.com/

10) Besides Etsy, where can your work be found?

In two shops, Tangled Up In Hue in Eau Claire, WI and i like you in Minneapolis, MN

I also sell at summer art and craft fairs.



11) Do you have any upcoming shows?

My next two shows are Mount Horeb Art Fair July 18 and 19th and Summer Arts Classic in Baraboo August 8th.


To celebrate her feature, Xanthe will offer a drawing for a free print of the winner’s choice from her shop OddstuffbyXanthe!
To enter, just visit her shop & leave a comment here about which one you would choose.

We will randomly choose a winner next Wednesday, July 22nd.
Good luck, everyone!


mirasolfarm said...

Hi. I love your work. Its really groovy. I especially love the birds. and my favorite of the ones you have for sale is the red rooster.

Olga Trujillo

MineFull said...

Great feature Xanthe! Love the the banner and avatar too!
I <3 "Tree Love"


Cat said...

Great job Xanthe! I love, love, love the studio shot...it looks so FUN (so many supplies/colors/things to play with!!!!). I really like the "room with a view" print. The colors used are just so wonderfully vibrant!

Erin said...

Ooh! I looove Xanthe and am so happy you featured her! We bought one of her awesome prints as a Christmas present for my sister last year (at the pre-Xmas Etsy trunk show at Lazy Jane's). I love every single thing she has. LOVE.

But! If I had to choose, I'd probably choose "Almost Home." I think. ;)

jess said...

I love everything in Xanthe's shop! I've been trying to decide for a loooong time - literally months & months! Great interview!

Julie at Perfect Paper Shop said...

I really love the colors, but I think the most intriguing thing about your work is the textures that appear when you really study it.


Mimi said...

Hey! Nice feature, and I agree, your studio looks fun to be in! I just saw the magazine you mentioned in Border's in Eau Claire last week - I'd never seen it before. I sat and read it for an hour - should have bought it!

My favorite print in your shop right now is the Red Rooster ... although I really love the one pictured in this feature, too, of the two birds on blue.

Good luck at your upcoming shows!