Three Questions With: Brent Kramlich

Rounding out our video interviews for this market is the talented Brent Kramlich! His organic-form sculptures are fascinating and his wire sculptures are something we've never seen before, which is very exciting! When we look at his work, we feel very Tom Haverford. "A piece of art caused me to have an emotional reaction...is that normal?" 😄 

We're thrilled to have Brent participating in Heartmade and we know you'll love meeting him tomorrow on April 7th at Main and McKinney from 11-6!

We interviewed our creatives and asked them three questions to learn more about them, their background and their process. Check out the series for more interviews with our Heartmade makers and artists!

The Nature Of: MC Shave Gear

MC Shave Gear is the fantastic team of Monica and Brady Orand. They consistently blow us away with their line of soaps and oils for men as well as gorgeous handcrafted razors, pens, cuttings boards, and MORE. You will not want to miss visiting their booth this Saturday the 7th to shop for yourself or the man in your life. He'll look and smell amazing! Brady answered our questionnaire and we will look for him soon to be a fish named Pickles. Don't ask, just read. ;)

What is your greatest extravagance?

New top-of-the-line tools that I don't absolutely need.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Prudence, because sometimes doing things without reason delivers the greatest results.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Honesty.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

I know, right?!

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My wife and my dogs - I can't pick one over the others.

When and where were you happiest?

When I finish a project and it turns out better than I expected.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Acrobatic balance.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing what would it be?

A fish.

What is your most treasured possession?

Family trinkets.

What do you most value in your friends?

Patience.

Which local artists or makers most inspire you?

Twisted Arrow
C.S. Ellington

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Nikola Tesla.

Who are your heroes in real life?

Anyone who overcomes obstacles to realize their dreams.

What are your favorite names?

Pickles. Wait, for people or dogs? Nevermind, its the same for both.

What is your motto?

Made with quiet excellence.

From Vanity Fair: "The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature." We've taken the original Proust Questionnaire and modified it a bit for our artists and makers so that they can share more about themselves with all of you. Check out the series to see how they all answered.

The Nature Of: tweet & peep jewelry

We're so happy to introduce today's The Nature Of! It's Houston's Neeli Sharrett of tweet & peep jewelry, and we can't wait to see how she blows it out at her first Heartmade market!

(Full disclosure: we also love the artist that she loves and so we played his music while we edited this post!)

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Finding the right balance of success, hard work, fun, and family time.

Which living person do you most admire?

Probably my husband, Dub. He gets up at the butt crack of dawn 6-7 days of the week for work. He busts his butt to make a living for our family. He is a softball and T-Ball coach. He is passionate about his beliefs and is very reasonable in his thinking. He is my best friend! I don't know what I would do without him.

Also I admire my daughter Tyler. She is so strong headed for a 9 year old. She is tough yet so sweet. She loves competition but always loves being girlie and crafty.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Bags! I have always loved purses, jewelry, and all accessories. I still love accessories to this day and love finding unique, handmade grey leather bags.

What is your current state of mind?

Grateful! I'm so thankful for my family (hubby and 2 healthy, amazing kiddos), friends, our home, our community, and my small business supporters.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Patience. As a wife, mom, working woman, daughter, sister, daughter-in-law, and small business owner, it's hard to keep it all together. I try my best to be patient with my family, friends, and business, but it's so HARD to juggle it all while keeping a smile on my face. I try my best though!

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

My upper arms. I wish they were more toned but I'm working on it.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

As traits, honest and dependability are important. As for looks, I dig my hubby's facial hair. He always tries to change it up.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Hmmm...not sure!

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

"Are you serious?" or "Seriously!" Maybe I doubt myself and ask people for confirmation a lot.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My hubby Dub is the greatest love of my life! We have been together since high school. Together over 20 years and married for over 13 years. Still going strong!!

When and where were you happiest?

With my family and friends. And meeting new people at markets/shows around town.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I wish I could sew. I'm pretty mechanical and can figure things out on my way, but I wish I could sew. Maybe then I could make my own bags!

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

I wish I would have been better at saving money at an early age. But my husband has taught me how to do it now.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a Biology degree. I have always been excited about science and wanted a career in science. Going into college, I thought I would go into Optometry but ended up graduated when my future unknown. I ended up in the Clinical Research Industry and absolutely love it. Now working in this field for over 14 years, I love that our work helps to get new and better medications on the market to help people who are in need.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing what would it be?

My grandfather Shu-Shu. HIs life ended too short. I wish I could have spent more time with him.

Where would you most like to live?

Houston is great! But I'd love to live in California or Austin.

What is your most treasured possession?

Our home. My husband and I bought our first home in 2003. We bought our next home in 2015 and spent over 3 months remodeled. We moved in with the kids the week of Christmas 2015. We then flooded in April 2016 and were out of our new home for 3 months. We were forced to repair and remodel again. The flood made our family stronger! We love our home and entertaining for family and friends! This is our forever home!

What is your most marked characteristic?

I would say that I'm caring! Even when I was young, my family would say that I was the "grandma" in the family. I was always worried about others (how they felt, how they would react, and how they would be impacted by things). I still worry about things but it's just a different worry/care now as an adult.

What do you most value in your friends?

Honesty. I love getting my friends' opinions on new styles of jewelry. A shout-out to my friend Jennie who comes to help with me with my shows. I love getting her idea on new creations, new jewelry displays, and always love hanging out with her at my events. Thank you, Jennie!

Who are your favorite artists?

Tupac for sure! I loved Tupac as a poet and musician. Anytime I hear Tupac's music, it puts me in a groove. I love listening to his music when I work, workout, and/or just to hang.

Which local artists or makers most inspire you?

Ellie from ellion and Natasha from Burdlife. They are always so nice to me and my daughter at shows. And they are at so many shows too! They inspire me to do more with my small business. I actually started making candles before I started making jewelry, so I can appreciate the candle making process. You go Ellie! And even though I make jewelry myself, I love seeing and buying jewelry from other artists plus Natasha is so sweet. Makers support makers too!!

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Does Joanna Gaines count? She's pretty famous! I love her style, her ideas, and her connection with the community (and nation I guess). She seems to do it all while still having fun and keeping her family together.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My mom. As a single mom, she raised me and my sister and taught us to be independent, self-respected women. As a young child, I know my mom was a hard-working lady and would do anything for her children. She always put us first and never settled for anything but the best for her girls.

What are your favorite names?

I always loved the name Tyler for a girl. There was a character named Tyler in the movie Point Break, and I've always remembered that. When my husband and I started talking about names when I was pregnant, I mentioned the name Tyler and he immediately agreed. There was no turning back. My husband goes by the name 'Dub' which is also a fav of mine. His given name is William Charles Sharrett IV but has always gone by Dub. With both of us having unique names, it was great that we both agreed on the name Tyler for our daughter so quickly.

What is your motto?

Be bold, Be unique, Be beautiful, Be you

From Vanity Fair: "The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature." We've taken the original Proust Questionnaire and modified it a bit for our artists and makers so that they can share more about themselves with all of you. Check out the series to see how they all answered.

Studio Tours: fLuxe Jewelry

We visited original Heartmade artist Kristen Kramlich of fLuxe Jewelry to check out her studio, her process, and her boss. (Big personality in a small package!) Check out the space where all the gorgeous fLuxe jewelry is made and don't miss Kristen's NEW collection GRAPHICA at Heartmade this Saturday, April 7th on Main and McKinney in downtown Houston!

The Nature Of: Roux St. James

Today's The Nature Of features a brand new Heartmade maker who we are honored to have visiting us from Austin: Krista Lacey of Roux St. James. With her "intention-based botanical compounds" she's going to leave us all smelling fantastic and feeling even better!

Which living person do you most admire?

Currently I would have to say Deepak Chopra. I recently saw an interview with him and I love his constant sense of calm. He is so in tune with himself and the world.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Righteousness and Justice. In the current state of the world I see so much anger and hatred and it saddens me. I like to believe that people inherently are kind and loving creatures. Things happen in our lives that are cruel, angry, unfair, but that is what teaches us lessons. We need to learn forgiveness, acceptance and how to love again. Traveling down a path of righteousness, or searching for justice, separates us from each other and keeps us from learning acceptance and understanding.

Sorry...this got a little deep!

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

Well...I have struggled since my teenage years with this. I currently have to keep myself in check. These days I have to remind myself that this is the body I was given and I need to learn to love an accept what I have. I live in this body and I it is the right body for this time and place. I also don't really believe in plastic surgery...and have better things to do than work out all the time. So I am kind of stuck with what I have!! Ha ha ha (Preach, sister! -- Tracy)

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Honesty. I like a man that knows how to be honest with himself as well as others. A sense of humor and intellect also help!

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Confidence...but not vanity. A confident women knows herself, accepts herself and rules her world. She can handle problems, roll with the punches...and the guys.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Oh..there are lots of them. Like "don't touch that" or "what do you say?" I have a 3 year old so there is a lot of repetition of phrases. It is sometimes mind-numbing, so I have to find ways to switch it up but get the same point across. Sometimes I turn it into a game. ha ha

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Obviously I have to say my husband and my son. They are my world.

However, ART and creativity are truly my greatest loves. I cannot imagine my life without creating something. It is a passion that drives everything I do. So much so, I have a hard time being idle or doing things that do not stimulate that creative spark. I find inspiration wherever I go and in just about everything I do. My mind is constantly reeling...even when I sleep.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

I wish there were two of me! I know, that sounds crazy. There are so many things that I want to do in this world and if I could split myself in two I could maybe do it all, as long as the experience is shared between us!

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing what would it be?

Maybe a cat. They seem to have the life. Sleep all day, get rub downs, climb trees, chase stuff....and they get nine lives!

What is your most marked characteristic?

I am sincere. I try my best to put my heart into everything whether it is related to my business, a conversation, or a person. I try to be as genuine as possible at all times because I feel that people deserve it. It is really all part of my philosophy of sharing love and kindness, being mindful of others and elevating the human experience.

Who are your favorite artists?

I got my undergraduate degree in studio art, so there is a long list of artist. But, I have to say my all time favorite would be Marcel Duchamp. I have a thing for old object, collage, and mixed media work. But I also love when art can make a statement, but also be visually interesting. I feel like he was able to do both.

Which local artists or makers most inspire you?

I can't really pick one. I am inspired by all of my fellow makers and locals. I know how tough being a small maker can be, the ins and outs of show schedules, managing inventory, filling orders, having time to create...then balancing all that with a personal or family life. We are all a veritable hat stand. I also found that the majority of the makers I meet are women, which is even more inspiring.

What is your motto?

Be yourself. Wear what you like (in regards to perfume, but it applies to many things). Be kind.

From Vanity Fair: "The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature." We've taken the original Proust Questionnaire and modified it a bit for our artists and makers so that they can share more about themselves with all of you. Check out the series to see how they all answered.

How I Work My Space: All Sewn Up Customs

The first time we saw All Sewn Up Customs' wee BB-8 terrarium necklace we SQUEALED! Designer Amanda LaMartina's work is fun and creative and happy and JUST what we need for Heartmade! She was kind enough to send us some awesome workspace photos so that we can watch the tiny magic happen -- check it out and buy your own pop culture goodies on April 7!

"Here's where the magic happens! Current project on the table are hand casted mini characters. I'm filing down any rough edges and prepping them for paint. I make these mini characters for my one of a kind, terrarium necklaces.

A few things I love about my studio are, it's in my home (can't beat a 10 second commute), there's lots of natural lighting, and I have a place for all my tools and supplies for projects from sewing to torch soldering."

Wonder what BB-8 thinks...? 

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We asked our artists and makers to send us photos of their workspace so that you could see how the magic is made. Check out the series for more behind the scenes shots of these talented people and their creative spaces.

The Nature Of: Wild House

Today we're learning all about Katherine Dexter of Wild House. We're already in love with her all-natural body care and we're very happy to have her coming to Houston from College Station!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Living on a self-sustaining homestead with like 10 kids that I homeschool and we grow our own food. Lots of trees, lots of dogs, and nothing to worry about.

Which living person do you most admire?

Probably my father. He's a self made man. His parents were really humble, they raised 6 children and never had much to go around but that taught him valuable lessons about how to work and save. While I was growing up he worked and traveled a lot but my mother was able to stay home with us, which was invaluable. My father went from an entry level graphic designer to a joint owner of the same company over 25 years. When his partners went in a new direction my father sold his shares and basically started over in a new state, with no guarantees. His new company is more profitable than ever and it's because He's a dedicated worker, has incredible business sense, and above all, because he has made God a priority over every other thing in his life.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Every once in a while (long while) I like to splurge on a pair of shoes from Shoes of Prey where you can design your own shoe, right down to the materials it's made from. I own 3 pairs of their shoes and they're still my favorite shoes.

What is your current state of mind?

I'm tired, so tired, all the time. But I'm also excited. I'm doing lots of things and I enjoy being self-employed so much, it's very fulfilling.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Softness, or being meek I guess. I view it as not being able to stand up for yourself and it's really annoying.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

I had a baby a year ago and I never lost the weight. I found out I carry a lot of weight on my tummy, and I HATE it! Why couldn't I carry it in my boobs or my butt??

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Honesty.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Also honesty. Everyone should just be honest.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

All the swear words.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My son, I'm probably supposed to say my husband, but it's my son. My pregnancy felt so surreal but the second that little boy cried and I heard him for the first time it's like my heart just exploded and I never knew you could love someone so much.

When and where were you happiest?

Anytime I can make my son laugh. It's like the sound angels must make when they're singing or something.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I would like to be a good decorator. I think I'm really good at it, or I like to pretend I am, but secretly I have no idea how to put a room together.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

I had a mohawk for a while, and then I got bored with it so I wanted to grow it out, and the only way you grow out a mohawk is by shaving your head and growing it all out fresh. So I did that, and I just wish I could have long hair immediately.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My business. I've never built anything this valuable or this far reaching before.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing what would it be?

A Killer Whale!! I love those things. They're the number one predator in the whole ocean. They fight sharks. They don't care about baby seals, they'll beach themselves to eat one. They're stone cold. They're fierce. They are my spirit animal.

Where would you most like to live?

On a homestead in the middle of Texas, before you get to the desert, where it's still green and I can own a lot of guns.

What is your most treasured possession?

My family. (awwww)

What is your most marked characteristic?

I'm pretty confident.

What do you most value in your friends?

A sense of humor that clicks with mine.

Who are your favorite artists?

I really like Minjae Lee, He's a South Korean mixed media artist who does incredible, detailed portraits. I'm also a huge fan of Lady Gaga, especially now. I think she's crazy and actually pretty authentic and I love her voice.

Which local artists or makers most inspire you?

I have a great friend who runs Brazos Valley Soaps. She's a perfect example of how to be kind and uplifting to other people. She's incredibly helpful, especially to people within our industry and that's really admirable to me because I've met a lot of people who chose to be rude or unhelpful to up-comers because they're insecure and don't want the competition. She's the opposite, and is ready and willing with advice.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Ayn Rand. She was far from perfect, but at the core of her philosophy she just wanted people to be the most honest version of themselves, and wanted people to be as free as possible. She valued independence and liberty, and while there were a lot of things she said and did that I disagree with, her philosophy has really resonated with me and been really influential in my political and personal views.

Who are your heroes in real life?

Anyone who shows up with an ice cold fountain Dr. Pepper.

What are your favorite names?

I'm in love with Scandinavian names, I'm naming all of my children names from that area.

What is your motto?

Live Your Dream.
But not in a cute "live laugh love" kind of way. In a "you're an independent person so just do what you want" kind of way.

From Vanity Fair: "The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature." We've taken the original Proust Questionnaire and modified it a bit for our artists and makers so that they can share more about themselves with all of you. Check out the series to see how they all answered.

How I Work My Space: Rust & Pearls

Today we take a look behind the scenes at Debbie Sakach's workspace, where she creates the beautiful jewelry for Rust & Pearls. Debbie is an original Heartmade artist and we are very excited to welcome her back all the way from Austin! Come buy some of her sparklies on April 7th!

"Here are some super honest everyday pics of my studio space. As an artist this is my first ever true work space of my own and I’m super grateful for it. I used to make every single piece of jewelry in my lap on the couch. Getting a table was actually life changing! The things I love most in the studio are the picture of my grandmother and artwork by fellow artists who inspire me on a daily basis."

 

We asked our artists and makers to send us photos of their workspace so that you could see how the magic is made. Check out the series for more behind the scenes shots of these talented people and their creative spaces.

The Nature Of: Wednesday Thursday

Today's questionnaire is answered by awesome new Heartmade artist Suzie Brisendine of Wednesday Thursday. We're so excited about her gorgeous work that mixes graphic design with string art and we know you will be too when you meet her on April 7th!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Hmm. Perfect Happiness. Alone in my car listening to NPR? Does that out me as a boring person?? It's just that...I rarely get alone time when I'm not tempted to do other things -- like do the dishes, start some laundry, feed the cat, etc -- and NPR is one way I feel stay connected to the rest of the world. It's my main news source, it's how I hear about 90% of the books I read (the other 10% comes from Reese Witherspoon's Book of the Month Club #shoutout) and it's how I am introduced to many new and profound ideas and/or world views. So, yeah...I feel enlightened and at peace when I'm driving around - alone - listening to NPR.

Which living person do you most admire?

My sisters. They have each had unique hurdles in their lives, but are now truly the best women and mothers. They are not very much alike...but are both my go-to for advice and support. It helps that we have a lifetime of history to help us understand each other and feel safe to express certain worries and struggles, but I really enjoy my friendships with each of them.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Online shopping. Though, if I'm honest, most of the time I fill up my cart and close the browser. So, in reality, that is probably not an extravagance at all.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Heroism. If that's a virtue..? Most people don't really need a "hero" - they are the only ones who can truly save themselves.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

Oh man. My hair. BUT, I am learning to cope with and appreciate it. It is SO curly and SO short right now, there's not much I can do except let it be. I'm in the process of growing it out, but...anyone who's done that before knows what a torturous process it can be.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Loyalty. I mean, I like a lot of qualities - it's always hard for me to pick ONE thing in situations like this - but...I do deeply appreciate true faithfulness and loyalty, which I have found to be more rare than I expected.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Again, loyalty.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Not to be predictable, but..my husband, Sam.

I have loved him in one way or another since I was 14 years old. He's always been my "safe place" to talk through all kinds of emotions with and work through hardships from college until just last night. We have discovered so much MORE about one another in marriage - as one does - but he's never stopped being the one I want to talk to; the one whose opinion on any subject I value most. Plus he's pretty good looking.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Singing! Oh man, how I have always longed to sing like Idina Menzel. Or, as some may know her -- Adele Dazeem.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

I would sleep more. A lot more.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

When I finished a 30 day yoga challenge after not working out consistently for 31 years (aka my entire life).

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing what would it be?

Oh my, I think I need this life to be it! I don't know if I could start over and do it all again.

Where would you most like to live?

Near the beach. And maybe somewhere not in the US. Not because I don't like the US, I've just always thought it would be fun to live abroad, if even for a season of life. Australia or Mexico...somewhere I imagine life to be simpler and more like a constant vacation.

What is your most treasured possession?

My coffee maker.

What do you most value in your friends?

My closest friends are the "whole package" so to speak. We laugh endlessly, but we also share our deep dark secrets and enjoy a variety of experiences together and cry together and argue (respectfully) with one another.

I don't know about you, but a large chunk of my friends fall into one or two of those categories - we laugh a lot and we share a variety of experiences, but we don't usually go near the hard stuff in life. Or, we can have really deep conversations and connect on that level, but maybe our senses of humor are not quite in the same ballpark.

Which - of course I value ALL those different types of friendships, but when I meet those few people that fall into ALL categories it is magical.

Which local artists or makers most inspire you?

Rebekah Vinyard Jewelry. She's in Austin so she's quasi local, but i think she still fits the bill. She has some jewelry in Houston shops and does Houston markets, so surely that counts for something. I met her back in college, of course neither of us knowing we would later run into one another at markets and shops. But her stuff is gorgeous. And she's been at this small business thing for a long time. She's so great.

Newton Supply Co. They're also in Austin, but have bags in at least one Houston shop. Laura has always made beautiful products and been consistent about giving back to the community. Her work with refugee women, in particular, is really inspirational. She has a good heart and I love everything she does!

Box Sparrow Studio. I don't know Abbie personally, but I love love LOVE her ceramics. I took a ceramics class in college and had so much fun with it. Now I am always drawn to that type of work, knowing what challenge and precision goes into it. Box Sparrow creates incredible clean lines in her beautifully modern pieces...oh, I can't get enough.

What are your favorite names?

Lucy and Lola - my daughters :) I always kind of wondered if parents get tired of the names they picked...i mean a LIFETIME of the same name may get kind of boring, right? But no! Those two names, I fall more in love with every day. They fit each of the girls so perfectly.

From Vanity Fair: "The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature." We've taken the original Proust Questionnaire and modified it a bit for our artists and makers so that they can share more about themselves with all of you. Check out the series to see how they all answered.

Three Questions With: Ellion

Next up in our video interviews is the effervescent Ellie Self of ellion! Her incredible candles can fill up a house with their incredible fragrance! We learn about her background, what's coming, and custom options. Don't miss ellion at Heartmade on April 7 and stock up on candles for your home and for gifts -- your friends and family will LOVE you! 

We interviewed our creatives and asked them three questions to learn more about them, their background and their process. Check out the series for more interviews with our Heartmade makers and artists!

How I Work My Space: Miss Sol Creations

For today's "How I Work My Space" we asked Sol Pitarque of Miss Sol Creations to take us step by step through how she creates her gorgeous felt flower designs. We want everyone to appreciate the amount of work that goes into each piece -- it's incredible! You can click on each image to see them larger. We can't wait to see what Miss Sol Creations brings to Heartmade on April 7!! Stop by and visit from 11-6 on Main and McKinney.

 

We asked our artists and makers to send us photos of their workspace so that you could see how the magic is made. Check out the series for more behind the scenes shots of these talented people and their creative spaces.

The Nature Of: Heather Sundquist Hall Prints

Today we delve into the fascinating nature of Heather Sundquist Hall...

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Hot coffee, home days, dog snuggles, velvety gouache and podcasts in the studio.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Arches watercolor blocks..

What is your current state of mind?

Tranquil; nap time white noise style.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Groundedness

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Fearlessness

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

F bombs

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My husband and my dog Chicklet are neck and neck. 😄

When and where were you happiest?

Hiking in the Grand Canyon, several years ago.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Unplugging.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Moving to Texas and focusing on my artwork.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing what would it be?

A donkey named Nancy.

Where would you most like to live?

In a tree.

What is your most treasured possession?

My collection of bubble wands found while walking my dogs in West Philadelphia.

What do you most value in your friends?

Their ability to tolerate my waves of excitement and intensity.

Who are your favorite artists?

Margaret Killgallen, Niki de Saint Phalle, Abi Daniel, Laura Berger, Clare Rojas, Rebecca Westcott, Maurice Sendak, Alice Neel.

Which local artists or makers most inspire you?

Bearded Lady Screenprints, Lotus Designs, Noah Marion, Mother of God ceramics, Bob Trevorrow, Graham Francoise, Abi Daniel

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Maria Montessori

What are your favorite names?

Penny, Wyatt, Watson, Pearl, Henry, June, James, Virginia, Hank, Dusty, Lucy

What is your motto?

Here we go.

From Vanity Fair: "The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature." We've taken the original Proust Questionnaire and modified it a bit for our artists and makers so that they can share more about themselves with all of you. Check out the series to see how they all answered.

 

 

Three Questions With: Bear Cub Leather

We're introducing a new feature to our blog with video interviews! First up is Manny and Sophia of Bear Cub Leather. We are so excited to see them on April 7th and we loved learning more about them and their new venture -- check it out!

Visit Manny and Sophia at Heartmade on April 7th from 11-6 at Main and McKinney!

The Nature Of: Hydria Illustrations

Today's questionnaire comes from the fantastic Reagan Gore of Hydria Illustrations. Her answers are just like her -- honest, smart, and hilarious. You won't want to miss her on April 7th!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

This question is a weird one for me. I don’t think there is such a thing as perfect happiness. I think every emotion is wonderful and amazing in its own way, but also temporary. Instead I’ll list some things that make me happy.

  • Making my kids laugh till they can barely breathe.
  • Buying/experimenting with new art supplies.
  • When someone asks for a second plate of food I made.
  • Dresses with pockets.
  • Glitter.
  • Road trips to nowhere.
  • Making art with my husband.
  • The feeling of sand between my toes.

Which living person do you most admire?

My husband. He has an unending ability to put up with my shit and still love me. Plus he’s also really funny, and his art/design skills inspire me.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Super soft fluffy toilet paper.

What is your current state of mind?

Open. Open to new experiences and new opportunities. Open to letting new ideas in. Open to change. Just open.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Virtue? Hmm temperance. No moderation for me. I want it all or nothing.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

I dislike this question.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Humor. If we can’t laugh together -- byyyyyyeeee.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Humor and realness. I ain’t got time for those fake betches.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Don’t put that in your mouth.
Wtf?
Rad
Son of a biscuit

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

What - art and nature. I was raised by a hippie/artist and some of my earliest memories are sitting on the floor coloring and drawing with my mom. I grew up in east Texas and spent most of my childhood exploring in the woods that backed up to our house.


Who - that’s trickier. Everyone I love is the greatest love of my life. Though I love each person differently I love them all with the same intensity. My kids are easiest to put at the top of the list, right next to my husband.

When and where were you happiest?

I am happiest in the moments I’m in. Where does that happen? It can be anywhere. Going for a walk to the park and watching my kids skip hand in hand. The moments I was in the room for the birth of my best friend’s two kids. Meeting my other best friend in a way that was so random there could be no other explanation than fate. When I wake up and my husband is already making breakfast. Walking up the steps of the Acropolis in Athens. For me happiness is in the temporary moments that take place all around us all the time.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Walking without tripping.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

I’ve spent 39 years becoming who I am -- so zero.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Getting to do what I love. It’s a pretty rad feeling to make art and have people want that art to come live with them.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing what would it be?

I’d like to come back as a stellar being swimming through the cosmos.

Where would you most like to live?

This changes regularly. A little villa overlooking the Mediterranean just outside of Athens would be nice.

What is your most treasured possession?

A giant jar full of years and years worth of all my wristbands from shows/festivals that my husband and I have been too.

What is your most marked characteristic?

I don’t know? My sarcasm is on point.

What do you most value in your friends?

Realness. I’m a Gemini and we spend a lot of time thinking about the real motivations behind words and actions. Because of that I tend to really love people I don’t have to figure out. When people just are who they are they give you a chance to fall in love with all the things about them that make them wonderful and crazy.

Who are your favorite artists?

I have tons and they change often. Currently:

Ana Victoria Calderon @anavictoriana
Sari Shryack @not_sorry_art
Linzie Hunter @linziehunter
Anke Weckmann @ankeweckmann
Merle Goll @merlegoll_illustration
Lize Meddings @lizemeddings
Amy Durant @amydurantart

Which local artists or makers most inspire you?

There’s a lot of them. Carla Sue has been amazing and I have really enjoyed collaborating with her. Tracy Carlson takes photos that blow me away and the designs she makes for her scarves are mesmerizing. Ayde of Tenacious Leaf makes me smile. Each of her succulents comes in such cute containers. I love seeing the new stuff she’s got each event. EarthlyChic has some of my favorite ceramics. The pieces they sell are so colorful and they just make me happy. Kristen of fLuxe Jewelry inspires the heck out of me. I love her jewelry so so much. It’s the only jewelry I hide from my toddler (my toddler is rad but she breaks stuff). That’s just off the top of my head.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Madame Bathory. I mean she was terrible, but I get it aging is rough. It’s just really hard to find tons of virgins to sacrifice these days.

Who are your heroes in real life?

Anyone fighting injustice and inequality.

What are your favorite names?

Shilo
Penny
Chrissypoo

What is your motto?

If you don’t ask the answer is always no.

From Vanity Fair: "The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature." We've taken the original Proust Questionnaire and modified it a bit for our artists and makers so that they can share more about themselves with all of you. Check out the series to see how they all answered.

How I Work My Space: Lisa Chow

Today's workspace belongs to Lisa Chow!

"My studio is located in the back room of my house. I share this room with our "mudroom" and our cats' bathroom. It's extremely glamorous. I get really frustrated with the chaotic mess that is my desk about twice a year, clear it all off, only to have it turn into a pastel mountain of junk within a day. The nature of my work allows me to have a ton of fun art supplies; this includes my wall of glitter. My three year old can often be found rummaging through my sticker drawer."

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We are CRAZY for Lisa and her practically confectionary creations -- she is an original Heartmade artist and we're thrilled to welcome her back this spring! Her gorgeous pastel rainbows and cheeky feminist pieces will be covering your walls after you see her booth on April 7th! 

We asked our artists and makers to send us photos of their workspace so that you could see how the magic is made. Check out the series for more behind the scenes shots of these talented people and their creative spaces.

The Nature Of: TheGBoys

Today's questionnaire is answered by the fantastic Yesenia Garcia of TheGboys!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Sewing in a quiet room while watching Game of Thrones!

Which living person do you most admire?

Not a specific person but I really admire teachers -- they are so giving and hardworking!

What is your greatest extravagance?

Fabric!!!

What is your current state of mind?

Excited!!

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Patience!

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

My nose!

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Sense of humor

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Sense of humor

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

What the hell?

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Jesus!

When and where were you happiest?

At home watching tv.

Which talent would you most like to have?

To sing!!

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

To be less socially awkward.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Starting my own business!

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing what would it be?

I would want to be Whitney Houston because she can sing!!!

Where would you most like to live?

Hawaii!

What is your most treasured possession?

My wedding ring.

What do you most value in your friends?

Sense of humor

Which local artists or makers most inspire you?

Esther with cuteheads and Caitlin at Feltman + Co. both have great brand style and
I love learning from them!

Who are your heroes in real life?

My parents! Both came from nothing and taught me I could be anything and made a great life for themselves. My mom is a nurse and my father is an amazing entrepreneur.

What are your favorite names?

Levi, Liam, Ethan, and Rosalie

What is your motto?

Work hard, play hard!

From Vanity Fair: "The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature." We've taken the original Proust Questionnaire and modified it a bit for our artists and makers so that they can share more about themselves with all of you. Check out the series to see how they all answered.

 

 

How I Work My Space: NATURAL by M. HAGELSIEB

Today's workspace belongs to Myrna, owner of  NATURAL by M. HAGELSIEB!

 

"I do concrete craft designs!! This photo is me in my dusty space, doing the mix of cement, sand, water and other additives to make the perfect paste. I make my own molds also, so all my pieces are uniques!! After one day letting dry, I take out the piece and then sand it and  seal it ... perfect for a NATURAL display."

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We love Myrna's hilarious hand-painted enamel mugs, her concrete home decor, and her big happy smile! Stop by her booth on April 7th and buy something unique for your home that you will treasure always!

We asked our artists and makers to send us photos of their workspace so that you could see how the magic is made. Check out the series for more behind the scenes shots of these talented people and their creative spaces.

The Nature Of: Tracy Carlson Photography

From Vanity Fair: "The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature." We've taken the original Proust Questionnaire and modified it a bit for our artists and makers so that they can share more about themselves with all of you. Enjoy!

Our very first questionnaire is being answered by Heartmade co-founder Tracy Carlson. Don't be afraid, just hang on for the ride and try to ignore the swear words. 

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being able to have an animal sanctuary and collect as much art as I want. I'd be the best rich person, I'd buy ALL THE ART!

Which living person do you most admire?

Right now I'd have to say Emma González, the young student from Parkland who survived a school shooting and is advocating for gun control. She stands up to all the bullies, including our president, and that is amazing. This is the kind of kid that I want leading our world as the old guard dies off.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Handmade jewelry, without a doubt. I have a thing about giant statement pieces. Anything I buy from my friend Adina Mills is a welcome extravagance. My friends and family know that with me, bigger is always better.

What is your current state of mind?

I designed a t-shirt that says "NO FUCKS LEFT TO GIVE" and that's where I am. I'm standing up for what I believe, no matter what it looks like. I'm not getting dragged down in the mud of competition and pettiness. I'm going to help people and try to take a more macro view of the world as opposed to letting myself get tied up in the little things. We're the stuff of stars, right? None of this matters, so let's make it positive instead of negative while we're here.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Humility. Hell, if you're good at something, crow about it. I mean don't be a dick, but I think one of the reasons men are in control is because women are too humble about our accomplishments. Damn straight I took that photo, and it's good. Thank you for the compliment. No more blushing and looking away and saying "Oh it's not that great."

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

Whatever I dislike is up to me to fix so there's no point in talking about it.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Integrity.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Authenticity.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Listen...
Here's the thing...
I'm-a tell you something...
Can you STAND it?

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Paul McCartney. I mean, clearly my husband Daniel, but Paul McCartney is the longest love of my life. Daniel and I have an understanding that if there was ever a knock on the door and it was Paul I would leave. LOL

But seriously, it's Daniel.

When and where were you happiest?

Okay so this is repetitive but the last time Paul McCartney was in town Daniel got me tickets and I had never seen him in concert before and I laughed/cried/sang for three straight hours. It was the best night of my life.

The place where I am most consistently happy is on top of Mount Crested Butte, in Colorado. It has a part of my heart and I feel whole when I'm there.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Playing the guitar. NO, painting. WAIT...jewelry design. No, guitar.

Talk to me tomorrow.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

Tricky tricky because I am who I am because of what I am, so if I change something am I still me? Can I just juice up my metabolism and keep my obnoxious personality? Let's do that.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

No joke, Heartmade. I get to help a wonderful charity AND I get to promote people who I adore. Cheesy but 100% true.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing what would it be?

Nope, this is my last go-round. I've already come back plenty of times.

Where would you most like to live?

Tuscany, maybe outside Siena.

What is your most treasured possession?

My engagement/wedding ring that originally belonged to my grandmother, Boo.

What is your most marked characteristic?

My energy.

What do you most value in your friends?

Loyalty and authenticity above anything and everything.

Who are your favorite artists?

Oh hell, that's way too hard. All of my friends are my favorites, their art is all over my house. Pick a name off of the Heartmade list. For someone I don't know personally, I'm currently crushing hard on Adrian Landon Brooks. His work makes my heart happy. Now, if we're talking dead artists, I have to be a cliche and say that Botticelli is a favorite of mine. I have a relationship with the "Birth of Venus." The first time I saw it in person I was changed. Now whenever I visit the Uffizi I have to visit that painting and sit with it for as long as I need to. It's like a friend. I can't explain it.

Which local artists or makers most inspire you?

Erick Sandlin's work speaks to my soul because it's so expressive. Reagan Gore and I share some sort of DNA link or something because she'll paint things that look like photos I've shot and she's never seen the piece before, and I find myself looking at her pieces like I'm looking through a lens. Marisa Wilhelmi and I share a love for bright color and her jewelry makes me want to travel and find photos that match the colors in her jewelry. I haven't met her in person yet but I feel like Sarah Luna paints my personality on canvas and it rocks my world. JC Woods' work ethic is something that constantly blows my mind and we have a very similar sense of humor, so his work really makes me happy. 

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Mozart: Crazy, talented, terrible with money, and a pain in the butt to live with.

Who are your heroes in real life?

Firefighters and conservationists.

What are your favorite names?

Indy, Emma, and Jack.

What is your motto?

"Get busy living or get busy dying." Seriously, I have no time or patience for people who want to moan about problems that they can fix but choose not to. Get busy living.

 

How I Work My Space: Claire Drennan Knitwear

We have a brand new feature for you on the blog! We asked our artists and makers to send us photos of their workspace so that you could see how the magic is made. Keep an eye out for more behind the scenes shots of these talented people and their creative spaces.

First up is the lovely Claire of Claire Drennan Knitwear, a new Heartmade creative who we are very excited about!! She sent us a couple of photos and a video to show her process and the tools she uses to make her beautiful pieces.

  "Here I am doing a demonstration at Art Crawl for Canal Street Studios, showing how I use a punch card “computer” to make my h-town beanies. I am wearing one of my 'cloud ties.'"

"Here I am doing a demonstration at Art Crawl for Canal Street Studios, showing how I use a punch card “computer” to make my h-town beanies. I am wearing one of my 'cloud ties.'"

  "Here I am being silly and saying I made a dickie. It’s actually a tank top I am making from recycled cotton. All of my work is zero waste and makes use of sustainable materials."

"Here I am being silly and saying I made a dickie. It’s actually a tank top I am making from recycled cotton. All of my work is zero waste and makes use of sustainable materials."

"This [video] was taken as I was knitting the centerpiece of “La Piñata de Verdad,” which won first prize in East End Cultura’s Piñatafest Sculpture Contest last year. I am working on my Studio 360 knitting machine, which is from the early 70s and is totally mechanical."

We can't wait to see all of the beautiful pieces that Claire will be showing on April 7th at our 3rd annual spring market! Be sure and stop by her booth and ask about the dickie! 😄 Thanks for the photos, Claire!