As I said last week, we are taking a break between 'alphabet sets' this week... but we do have lots in store.. there will be different bits to read through out the week... and of course I'll be over at Decor8 at the end of the week too - so do keep checking back : )
First up this week...
It is a pleasure to welcome Kelly Joseph from Cloud of Birds to The Design Alphabet . I did an interview with Kelly last week so we could find out a bit more about this crafty lady... here it is...
Your Name: Kelly Joseph
Where are you based? Wellington, NZ
What is the name of your business? Cloud of Birds
What are the origins of your company name? Day dreams
What do you create? Whimsies and fanciful imaginings for adults and kids--anything from badges to canvases, cards to stickers, t-shirts to toys.
Do you have a store? Cloud of Birds is available through these neat shops: Madame Fancy Pants on Cuba Street, Juniper in Newtown, Inky Pinky in Karori (all in Wellington NZ) and online at www.toggle.co.nz
Do you have a Blog? www.cloudofbirdys.blogspot.com
What do you find inspiring about the location in which you live? The sea
What else inspires you? / Where do you get inspiration for your projects? Imagination, childhood memories, nature, music, movies, books, the strange and wondrous in the everyday...
If you have a 'day' job, what is it that you do? I'm a student at the moment--doing a MA in creative writing. I haven't had much time to do arty crafty stuff this year.
What keeps you creatively motivated? Sugar...and maybe a deeply embedded need to express my self through creative endeavors...wanting to share stuff with other people--imagination and ideas...seeing beauty in other peoples work and in the wider world...chocolate...and so on.
How would you describe the NZ craft / design scene at the moment? It's going off.
What advice would you give to someone starting a creative business? I'm not sure if I'm in the position to give such advice, but I suppose I would say do what feels right and have heaps of fun with it...but that could apply to most things...
Who are some of your favorite indie designers/artists? It's too hard to choose...there are so so many talented creative people out there...all the ladies (and menfolk) involved in Craft 2.0 for instance and Craftwerk. My friend Anna Gibson (Nanna Sunday)...
Where do you love to shop? Op shops, galas, garage sales
What is on your wish list? A time machine
If you had the time, what new craft/medium would you like to learn or use? Jewelry or animation or a musical instrument
What's your definition of a perfect day? Not in any particular order: sleep, chocolate, reading, creating something, nature walk, listening to music, watching a good film, sleep
(images from Cloud of Birds and Toggle)
Because of Kelly's hefty study workload, she hasn't been able to do much crafting this year, so if you would like to own some 'Cloud of Birds' I suggest you snap it up quick!
visit Kelly's Blog
Thanks so much Kelly for being the first of our interviewees this week!
Book it into your Diary:
If you are in Christchurch (NZ) this week don't forget to pencil Craft 2.0 into your diary! Pop along and be treated to some of the best crafty goodness in the country!