It's a great pleasure for me to feature Lynn from UnaOdd. Few months ago I was searching for handmade pretties for my "Top 6 Thursday". While doing so, I came across UnaOdd on Etsy. Her original bangle bracelets caught my attention at first sight but also makes other beautiful things! Thank you Lynn for letting me feature you! Please read on to find out more about Lynn.
5 random facts about you:
I collect cat whiskers. I am crazy about gardening. I can beach-comb and fossil-hunt endlessly. I am a hermit-type who was saved from a solitary existence by my very understanding husband. I have two lovely, artistic children who I send outside regularly.
How long have you been doing this and how did it all begin?
I started around 1992, so almost 17 years. I began experimenting with resins and polymer clay and sketches from my college sketchbooks.
What inspires you?
Anything in nature -especially growth, patterns and color. Seed pods, bones, bugs, leaves, fossils, roots, flowers...if it was alive I'll look at it!
Describe your creative process:
I'm very much a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of artist. I'll see something that interests me and then mush, impress, bake, draw or engrave it. If it works and I like it I'll do some more. I'm a big fan of adding and taking away. Most of my pieces go through a lot of painting and sanding....covering and revealing.
Any challenges you face along your creative road?
I get tremendous support from my family, but being a wife and mother means having to carve out time to work. Trying to balance art and family is a tough thing.
What advice would you give other artists out there?
Experiment and play around. Don't be afraid of your materials or of failure.
How do you promote your work?
I recently joined Handmade in PA Street Team. I network through the Treasury system and I post on Twitter and Flickr.
Apart from creating beautiful things, what do you like to do?
Well first, Thank you! :^) I love spending time with my family, gardening and doing photography.
Is there anything you would like to add to this interview?
First, I thank you for the invitation to do this interview. Second -I think it is very important that people connect with nature, one on one, from childhood. Only through exposure to other living things do we develop respect, empathy, and appreciation for the world and life around us. Parents, turn off the television, put the computers away and let your children see 'real life'.
Please check out Lynn's Blog @ http://unaodd.blogspot.com
Appreciation blog post from Lynn (thank you): http://unaodd.blogspot.com/2009/04/thank-you-anabela-from-beladonna.html