If you are anything like me you are up to your eyeballs with spring fever. All the beautiful, bold, brilliant flowers. The dogwood and cherry blossoms, the tulips and daisies. It is no wonder my head is in a tailspin! It is also one of the reasons for this weeks oh so awesome garden theme. The other is this woman here.
Kathryn is the artist behind Botanical Creations whom I first featured in my post Souvenirs a couple of weeks ago. Since then I’ve gotten to know a little bit more about Kathryn. Not only is she a talented artist who has only been making jewelry since January of THIS year and is now in 7 retail stores across the Pacific Northwest, she is also a wonderfully imaginative gardener. Check out a few of her gardens and then read her interview below.
Between the kids and me being sick this weekend and Kathryn’s busy weekend as featured artist in a Poulsbo gallery, we weren’t able to actually talk on the phone. Through the magic of email, I did get a couple of questions answered, though.
What inspires your art?
My jewelry is truly one of a kind. I didn’t see it anywhere I just starting pressing flowers this past summer and had piles of them and started creating. First magnets in the fall, but there’s not a lot of money in magnets. Women do like their jewelry though.
I think what inspires me is bringing joy to others. I want people to feel when they buy from me that they are still getting a gift. If you read my feedbacks I think I’m succeeding. I love to send the unexpected and do the unexpected. So my customers always come away with a treasure and a smile. Just this week for mothers day, I included a surprise gift for a single mom as I just thought she needed to be reached out to and loved.
How did you learn to make jewelry?
I am totally self taught in what I do. I just kept working at it until it clicked.
Do you grow all your own creations?
I use to be able to say, “All the flowers are from my garden,” but I can’t say that anymore. I have three friends across the US that just have flowers I don’t have. So, I am blessed to get supplies from them.
What inspires your fantastic gardening?
We moved here to the Pacific Northwest from Minnesota and it is my first real foray into gardening. If you were to visit my garden you would see different themes. I have a faerie garden, a secret garden and a children’s garden so far! My yard is enchanting. I either needed to start tearing out more lawn for another area or creating something different, hence the jewelry.
I guess what inspires me also is envisioning my grandbabies playing in the wonderland I’m creating. So a lot of what I do garden-wise is through a child’s eyes. And on this note……my first grandbaby is going to be born probably sometime tomorrow in England, as my daughter in-law Lucy’s water just broke about four hours ago!!!
What is your creative process?
Creative process – pick , immediately start drying under at least ten pounds of weight . Wait for 5-6 weeks and peek. If flowers are totally dry, then I start “painting” with a little brush and adhesive. After several days of drying , I then coat with 2 or 3 layers of a protective coating. People ask me all the time,”Aren’t you afraid someone will copy you?” I always answer, “No. No one would do what I do!”
Thanks Kathryn! Like I said, not only a talented artist and an imaginative gardener, she also been nice enough to offer one of my lucky readers the chance to win $25 worth of merchandise from her Etsy store, Botanical Creations. Exciting, right! All you have to do is visit her online shop and then come back here and tell me what you’d buy if you won. Easy peasy, just like that. You’ve got until Sunday, May 17th, at midnight PST to enter, then comments are closed. The winner will be chosen at random using Random.org and announced on Monday. Don’t forget to leave me some way of contacting you!!
For extra chances to win, help me promote Kathryn and The Handmade Experiment. Tweet (@Flippincool), post onto Facebook, Myspace, wherever, blog about it and link back, or even just subscribe to my feed, then let me know in a separate comment for each promotion you did. Good luck and happy gardening!
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