The Nature Of: K. Jones Jewelry Designs

We consider ourselves incredibly lucky that jewelry designer Kendra Jones continues to be a member of the Heartmade family. Her work is ever-evolving, always stunning, and she has something for EVERYONE. We know that whenever we see a K. Jones booth we’re going to see pieces we’ve never seen before and it’s very exciting! It shows us a mind that is always at work, constantly striving to reach the next level. Artists like Kendra are one of the reasons Heartmade is a success. So let’s see what makes her the fantastic jeweler that she is and be sure to visit her on McKinney on May 4th!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Love, peace, giving back and good health. 

Which living person do you most admire?

My mom is the person I most admire. I come from a single parent home but my mom made sure it never felt like that. She is literally the strongest person I know. I am who I am today because of who she is and how she express her love, faith and kindness to the world.

What is your current state of mind?

Be uncomfortable! This allows me to push myself and more courageous instead of settling for what is easy. 

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

"Be the bigger person." I believe you should always stand firm in your beliefs or what you know to be the truth.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

I am pigeon-toed, enough said. 

Which talent would you most like to have?

I would love to be a singer. A singer that gives everyone goosebumps. 

What is your most treasured possession?

I have this 10k gold heart necklace that my aunt gave me when I was 13. I rarely take it off because it reminds me of home. 

What is your most marked characteristic?

My smile. I believe if you give a smile you can brighten someone's day. 

What do you most value in your friends?

Honesty, respect and love. 

Who are your favorite artists?

Arthur Smith, Jewelry Designer 

Which local artists or makers most inspire you?

Melissa Manning 

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Arthur Smith, Jewelry Designer 

Who are your heroes in real life?

Maya Angelou, Nina Simone, Cicely Tyson, and Madam CJ Walker 

What are your favorite names?

Jurnee, Sage and Luna 

What is your motto?

Smiling is Free Therapy 

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: Pigsey Art

Houston, meet the amazing, hilarious, and talented Brandy Davis of Pigsey Art! (Editor’s note: We call Tracy “Houston Brandy” and Brandy “Austin Tracy” because they are basically the Wonder Twins. 😁) Brandy is an incredible Austin maker who has turned her love of books and science into a thriving business, with laser cut journals, magnets, pins, and more! She’s a market sister, having run her own share of shows, and we are thrilled to have her back in Downtown Houston on May 4th!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Reading a really good book while cuddled up in a warm bed with loved ones with an endless list of Broadway music playing in the background. And Chris Hemsworth is in there giving me a foot rub and complimenting me on my impeccable taste in art. 

Which living person do you most admire?

I think Lin-Manuel Miranda just seems like the most creative person alive right now while still being a serious cool human being.

What is your greatest extravagance?

There was buying a laser-cutter but that was a one-time thing. But otherwise, a really good bottle of aged, single malt scotch.

What is your current state of mind?

It's almost Spring y'all and that means new designs, new shows and laser fumes. I'm giddy. I'm nervous. I'm gently taking wood scraps away from a crazy puppy. Coming off the holidays, I always have so many ideas on where to go with Pigsey Art this year and it's a matter of figuring out what is realistic and what is a bit nutty. Honestly, sometimes the nutty ideas win.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Assertiveness.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

Used to be my hair so I started dyeing it crazy colors. Now, I feel pretty okay about it all.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Compassion. And Thor hair.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Compassion. The world needs more kindness and understanding.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Literally, literally

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Cheesy answer for a cheesy question: my children. It's stupid but you look at these crying mini people that FINALLY left you and yeah, you're smitten.

When and where were you happiest?

Anytime out with my kids and husband. Just being with them is the best. 

Which talent would you most like to have?

I wish I was a better at traditional painting. 

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

I would love to need less sleep, I've become a slave to sleeping as I've gotten older.  

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

A flying squirrel! So fluffy, so many nuts!

Where would you most like to live?

Somewhere close to a forest. 

What do you most value in your friends?

Loyalty and honesty.

Who are your favorite artists?

Audrey Kawasaki, Banksy, Dali

 

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: Debbie Carroll Fine Art

We first saw Debbie Carroll’s incredible paintings at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar in Austin. Ohhhh the colors and the sheer beauty of the Southwest that shine out of her work make her a perfect addition to our market. Anyone who sees one of Debbie’s pieces will feel immediately transported to whatever scene is depicted — that’s the gift in her work! We are thrilled that she will be bringing all sorts of pieces to our show from originals to cards to bags…you’ll definitely find a “must-have” at her booth!!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being at peace with oneself, surrounded by those I love and still have time to create! 

Which living person do you most admire?

Tough question. In general? Women who help in their communities to make changes for the greater good. 

What is your greatest extravagance?

Shoes and art supplies.

What is your current state of mind?

In limbo. Remodeling our house to put on the market at the end of March, and no decision on where we are moving — gravitating towards small Texas towns like Brenham, or perhaps a mid-size city like San Angelo.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Another tough question. Maybe courage? We all have fears, fear of the unknown, fear of failure, even fear of success. Working through the fear teaches us it’s okay to fail (as long as we learn from it), and often times we learn that what we fear isn’t as catastrophic as we imagine.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

My ears, they stick out.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Kindness.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Empathy.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

You know....

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My family, my husband Mike, and my sons Carson and Cooper. Also our beloved pet Cutter, recently deceased after a good long life. 

When and where were you happiest?

Happiest on road trips to New Mexico with my guys!

Which talent would you most like to have?

Would love to be able to sing (well).

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

I would clone myself so I could be in two places at once!

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My biggest achievement is raising two wonderful young men.

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

Another tough question. I often joke that I’d like to be reincarnated as someone’s beloved pet and be spoiled and take naps in the sun all day. 

Where would you most like to live?

New Mexico or West Texas - love the high desert! The South of France or Italy wouldn’t be too bad either! 

What is your most treasured possession?

I treasure my old photographs of family and friends and the memories they provide. 

What is your most marked characteristic?

Crooked smile. 

What do you most value in your friends?

Loyalty and mutual support 

Who are your favorite artists?

So many. Maynard Dixon, Howard Post, Barbara Clark, Alice Leese, Jim Jennings, Danika Ostrowski, Gustave Baumann, Angie Coleman, Georgia O’Keeffe, Thomas Hart Benton, Vincent Van Gogh, my list could go on for a while!! 

Which local artists or makers most inspire you?

Denise Elliott Jones, Danika Ostrowski, Whitney Avra, Catherine Massaro, Janet Haynes, Jo Petersen, Gwen Plunkett, Rebecca Bennett, Greg Barton, again too many to mention! 

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

I identify with those who struggle to make their art and persist in the face of rejection. 

Who are your heroes in real life?

My heroes are the people who are brave enough to put themselves and their work out there. The art business is not for the faint of heart. 

What are your favorite names?

Carson, Cooper, Claire, Caitlin - I have a thing for “c” names. 

What is your motto?

Better late than never. 

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: Mr. Romper

When we first saw Melissa McCullough’s repurposed baby rompers we all but yelled “YEE HAW!” What Texas baby can live without a few of the vintage styling of Mr. Romper? (Or any other state, we all know they want to be Texas.) Editor’s note: Editor is completely biased towards Texas and freely admits it. 😉We are thrilled that Melissa will be making the trip from San Antonio to join our posse and we know she’ll get the big Houston welcome that we specialize in! Now let’s read about what’s behind the rompers…

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A baby’s belly laugh.

Which living person do you most admire?

My daughter’s birth Mom. She has given me one of my two greatest gifts.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Anything I thrift that isn’t tagged with the color of the week! 👊

What is your current state of mind?

Hustle! 2018 was create.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Kindness

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Kindness 

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

For sure......it’s vintage.....vintage.... 

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My husband. My husband always supports my creative ideas. And if he doesn’t I would never know because he lets me own them and see them through. That’s true love. 

When and where were you happiest?

One day at a time. And everyday has a moment of happiness. If not then there is always tomorrow. Hopefully. 

Which talent would you most like to have?

Drawing.

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

Not be so hard on myself.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My two kids. 

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

Mrs. Roper (Editor’s note: I feel like we’re going to really get along… T)

Where would you most like to live?

I love Texas! Colorado next!

What is your most treasured possession?

I am a collector of vintage thrifts. Today my most treasured possession is an Indian painting from Goodwill.

What do you most value in your friends?

Creativity. 

Who are your favorite artists?

Charley Harper. Charles and Ray Eames. George Nelson. Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson.... Architects and Country Legends... 

Which local artists or makers most inspire you?

David Grizzle and Eryn Brooke. Austin, Texas Artists and Photographer. They have both helped shape Mr. Romper but they both have all of the qualities I value in a friendship.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Iris Apfel (Editor’s note: Yeah, we’re DEFINITELY going to be friends. ❤️T)

Who are your heroes in real life?

My Mom. She was kind, caring, strong and beautiful.

What is your motto?

You be You 2019 

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: Chris Celusniak

When we came across Chris Celusniak’s work at Blue Genie it made us stop and stare in wonder. The detail that goes into every piece is beyond incredible, truly. We love that he’s a Houston boy as well! ATX Nation has a fantastic description of Chris’ work that we want to share:

Chris’ art shows a hidden depth of stories within stories that come together to create the whole picture. The eclectic works derive their form from patterns, improbable vintage, and a world of endless color. Viewers look into the canvas and find the intimate spaces within the larger whole, to read the narrative of its inhabitants, each with a story to tell. Chris works to create a window on a feeling that both he and the viewer may share.

Chris filled out our questionnaire and we also encourage you to read the bio on his Heartmade page. You’ll be excited to meet him on May 4th!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Spending time with my wife, son, and daughter

Which living person do you most admire?

The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost 

What is your greatest extravagance?

Wasting time!

What is your current state of mind?

Texas!! 

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

What's not to like about Aristotle's 12 virtues? Unless they are at the cost of a person's well-being. 

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

The Gary Cooper gene passed me by.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Ethicalness 

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Empathy 

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Don’t shoot the piano player.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My family

When and where were you happiest?

Right this second. Oops it's gone... 

Which talent would you most like to have?

Thankfully I have it, my artistic talent. 

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

Be more gregarious 

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Being a father 

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

Saxophone player at Le Moulin Rouge 

Where would you most like to live?

Beverly Hills 

What is your most treasured possession?

My Father's war internment camp diary 

What is your most marked characteristic?

My dry humor 

What do you most value in your friends?

Their gift of friendship 

Who are your favorite artists?

Edward Burne-Jones
Mort Kunstler
Maxfield Parrish 

Which local artists or makers most inspire you?

Haley Celusniak, my amazing daughter 

Who are your heroes in real life?

Alexei Ananenko
Valeri Bezpalov
Boris Baranov
 

What are your favorite names?

Ziggy 

What is your motto?

Always look deep to see the stories within the stories. 

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 LH Candle Studio

When we first met Minah Lee of LH Candle Studio we KNEW she had to be a part of Heartmade! Not only are her candles absolutely gorgeous, but they also smell amazing, which is not always the case with candles that are also art. More importantly she is a lovely and sweet person who makes every customer feel special and important. She likes to talk about her scents and she’s always ready to find the one that’s perfect for you and your home. We can’t wait to see her on May 4th and we know you’ll love meeting her as well!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Waiting and looking at the sunset on the beach, mountain or wherever with the people I love. 

Which living person do you most admire?

My parents

What is your greatest extravagance?

I think I spent most of the money on travel. 

What is your current state of mind?

Calm and relaxed. 

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Consistency 

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

I wish I was taller. 

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Confidence 

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Confidence

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

I don’t know 

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My husband who is my best friend, support and motivation! 

When and where were you happiest?

The day after I quit my previous job. I was really happy when I woke up in bed and realized that I don't need to work for a long time any more. 

Which talent would you most like to have?

Painting (I don't want to paint anymore with paint-by-numbers kits.) 

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

My indecision. Sometimes even choosing what I want to eat is a challenge. 

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I have become a business owner in a new country (I moved to Houston because of my husband's work). It was a big transition from an office worker to a business owner and from South Korea to the USA. (Editor’s note: Thank you to husband’s work for bringing us Minah!! ❤️)

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

I want to be me again, give me another chance to live my life.

Where would you most like to live?

I love to live somewhere in the Mediterranean. 

What is your most treasured possession?

My wedding ring

What is your most marked characteristic?

Tenacity

What do you most value in your friends?

Trustworthiness

Who are your favorite artists?

Alex Katz, Henri Matisse, Diana Krall 

Who are your heroes in real life?

My parents

What are your favorite names?

Inaki, Shabu-shabu

What is your motto?

Vision without action is just a dream.

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: Monique Weston Art Jewelry

Monique Weston has been an important fixture in the Houston art world for years now, and we’re so thrilled to have her joining the Heartmade family this year! She makes incredible jewelry using vintage items, parts of musical instruments, stamps, and more. Her talent is as big as her heart and we know you’ll want to stop by and see her on May 4th!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Everyone I love happy, healthy and pursuing their interests. And me too. 

Which living person do you most admire?

Larger society-wise: Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
Personal: my husband.

What is your greatest extravagance?

ART SUPPLIES and BOOKS! On a good day, I can combine the two by making art while listening to an audiobook!

What is your current state of mind?

Content, busy. 

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Prudence 

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

Signs of age!

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Constructive-ness - not sure how to put it - doing/making/living his best and if he doesn't know how, finding out how.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Constructive-ness again and kindness

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Haha! These are awesome questions. Probably "neat"!

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My husband

When and where were you happiest?

A day at home when everyone was healthy, connected to each other and happily busy about their favorite things. I had a brief and well-attended art show, saw friends I love, sold some art and got to see friends' artwork sell, met some new friends for drinks, then came home to beloved people, good food and happy dogs. It was fully-experienced gratitude, a perfect habitation of my life. 

Which talent would you most like to have?

The ability to write a really good book.

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

Insecurity 

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Any day that's lived well. I know it sounds corny but these days it's true.

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

An otter! Whiskers and a tail and swimming and mudslides and an innate knowledge of how to play!

Where would you most like to live?

Houston, if it could just be moved into some mountains. 

What is your most treasured possession?

My dogs (if they're possessions?)

What is your most marked characteristic?

Desire to connect

What do you most value in your friends?

Tolerance of my foibles

Who are your favorite artists?

Dewasne, Kandinsky, Pollock

Which local artists or makers most inspire you?

Kristy Allmon, Susanne Slade, Agnes Bourely, April Murphy

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

I don't think I know enough history to give a decent answer.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My husband, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, first responders

What are your favorite names?

Autumn Eve, Reverie, Griffin/Gryphon 

What is your motto?

It depends on the day!

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: Clayton Harkey of Twisted Arrow Goods

Our very first “Nature Of” of 2019 is from one of our favorite Heartmade makers, Clayton Harkey, who along with his friend and business partner Shane Spangler, owns Twisted Arrow Goods, selling a fantastic mix of handcrafted wood pieces, leatherwork, soap, candles, blankets, you name it! These guys represent honesty and integrity to us and we love having them at every show because they always bring new and beautiful work as well as their hilarious kind selves. You will NOT want to miss visiting them on May 4th. We love our boys! Now let’s check out what makes Clay tick…

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Perfect happiness to me is living out the purpose God has put in your life. It's not always rainbows and ponies, but yet you are content with what is happening in the here and now. 

Which living person do you most admire?

This is a really hard question because there are so many people in this world to admire! I would say that they all carry the same traits though -- hard-working, thoughtful, kind, and willing to go the extra mile for anyone at any time.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Tools. We can never have enough tools, and the right ones for the right job. 

What is your current state of mind?

Currently...tired. But ready for what must be accomplished tonight and what needs to be accomplished tomorrow. Living each day one at a time helps in lessening the stress and anxiety levels.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

"Excellence". Like what does that even mean? And whose definition? You see it in so many companies mission statements and virtues, but how do you know, you know? It's puzzling, really.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

Nothing. Pretty content on how things are going.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Strong and ambitious and totally dreamy.....I don't know haha

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Driven. Not only is it attractive, but I believe people are more than willing to rally behind any woman that shows the characteristics of being driven.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

"bruh", "dude", "heck of a deal", "alright". 

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Would it be rude to say food? (Editor’s note: We accept this answer. 🤤😂)

When and where were you happiest?

On the top of Mt. Phillips in New Mexico. So peaceful.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I'm gonna have to go with juggling. Can't do it to save my life, but people who can make it look so darn easy. Curse them. 

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

Maybe to be a bit more carefree. Sometimes I find myself worrying about the smallest, dumbest things. I'm working on it.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I would have to say quitting my corporate job and going full time into TAG. I wouldn't want to do anything else now!

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

I don't really believe in reincarnation, but I'll bite. Probably a cute cuddly dog. My gosh the things I would do to be a dog sometimes. Their lives rule.

Where would you most like to live?

My dream place to live would be Vancouver, Washington. But not for reasons most people would believe. I think it is the best place to live because Washington has no state income tax and Portland is right across the bridge in which there is no sales tax. In my opinion, heaven on earth to be able to keep the hard-earned money I make. and the scenery is nice too.

What is your most treasured possession?

One of my best friends built me a custom guitar...well two, actually. They are probably my favorite things in the world. 

What is your most marked characteristic?

I honestly have no idea. My parents would probably argue that it's that I have never met a stranger. Pretty open to talk to anyone.

What do you most value in your friends?

Honesty, Punctuality, and Perseverance.

Who are your favorite artists?

There are wayyyy too many to name. But I really like the leather goods company Stock and Barrel from Utah. Franz Keilhofer from Bavaria has been quite inspiring in the woodcraft he does, as well as Scott Alexander who makes wooden bowls like you wouldn't believe.

Which local artists or makers most inspire you?

I am truly inspired by quite a few makers! Statesman Beverage Co., Bear Cub Leather Goods, MC Shave Gear are just a few, but honestly, any artist or maker that works their tails off day in and day out is inspiring in my book. 

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Rosa Parks. She didn't take no crap off of anybody and did what she felt was right.

Who are your heroes in real life?

Tim Bird, a good friend of mine, my youth pastor growing, and a fellow musician in worship music. Lance Gatch and Mack Brock who led Elevation Church's worship to new heights (no pun intended) and so many more.

What are your favorite names?

Stetson. Leeland. Abigail. Quinton. June.

What is your motto?

Do what you say, and do it well. 

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: Vivienne Dang

Today we dig into The Nature Of new Handmade artist Vivienne Dang! You will NOT want to miss this fantastic graphic designer’s booth on McKinney this Saturday. Her illustrations are exciting and beautiful and we want to cover everything in her awesome stickers!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being with people I love, a glass of wine, laughter, and peace of mind. 

Which living person do you most admire?

Any person trying to uplift others. Anybody living their truth (and good at it.) 

What is your greatest extravagance?

Good food and art supplies.

What is your current state of mind?

It's all over the place. 

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Confidence 

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Confidence 

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

OOF!!!

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My husband of 15 years: who annoys me when he’s hungry but always puts me first and makes sure that I’m happy.

When and where were you happiest?

I think right now; at this point in life. I took about 10 years off from painting to take care of life. I still created, but always felt something missing. I’m happy that I’m now doing what I love. I’m healthy, able to provide for my family, and paint anything I want to paint. Sharing my art makes me happy.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Being able to draw like Kim Jung Gi

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

My indecisiveness; sometimes I take forever to decide on something.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My 2 kids; they make me so proud (most days). LOL! But it’s amazing to see them put what you taught them to use.

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

A rainbow.

Where would you most like to live?

In the wild.

What is your most treasured possession?

Family.

What is your most marked characteristic?

Kindness. 

What do you most value in your friends?

Honesty. 

Who are your favorite artists?

James Jean, Yuko Shimizu, and Victo Ngai. Their illustrations always tell a story and many powerful ones at that.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Frida Kahlo. What I admire most about her is how she paints with emotion and translates them onto the canvas. She was able to share how she felt with the world. My mind feels so overwhelmed until I put it out there into a drawing or a painting; even if it doesn’t make sense to anyone else.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My parents who gave up everything they knew to give our family a chance at a better future. 

What are your favorite names?

Squishy 

What is your motto?

You’re enough. 

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

 

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.

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.

 

 

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.