Jodie is the person behind several quirky little designs and and critters, her pieces are just so adorable and cute that I just had to find out more about the person behind this wonderful creations.
Q. Jodie, your pieces are so quirky and adorable I just have to interview you for 'interesting or not so interesting'. Are you up for it? Which category do you think you fall into - interesting or not so interesting? Why?
A. Interesting! I am always making new and fun things! I work in all mediums so if you really spend some time in my shop, you will see that among the smiling fabric faces there are little surprises such as ceramic pieces, beautiful polymer clay bugs and strange jewelry that I make from found or recycled objects. I consider myself an "all medium" artist. I'm a big know it all when it comes to art and techniques.
Q.Your from Louisiana in the USA, what is one sight/place you would recommend to tourists who were keen to see something crafty if they came to visit?
A. Well, I live in Abita Springs and we have the UCM Museum. Pronounced "You See Em Museum". It is an old gas station that has been turned into a Folk Art Museum. Lots of fun stuff to see there. It is a museum of oddities and strange artifacts. There is a house in the back that is totally done in mosaics (small bits of tile), there is a house starting (but not finished) of bottles. There is an artist studio on site and a unique gift shop in the front. I believe there is a web site: UCMmuseum.com Lots of creative history here in Abita Springs for people to see. And we have the Abita Beer Brew house right down the street! Come to Abita, look me up and stay a while!
Q. Not only are you just a creative person but a mum, wife and more. What are your key tips for being organised?
A. I am only organized in my mind! Among my mess, I know where everything is! My work is taking over my house. I have already turned it into a museum of mine, my son and my friends Art work. I work on the kitchen table to make my patches and I have been lucky enough to be employed at a local ceramic studio to keep my handbuilding in clay mess there! My husband is grateful for that! Though there are still days I want to work in ceramics at home and still I do it all on the kitchen table! I like to be able to see my family and my home as I create. I do have a spare bedroom where I house all of my supplies and findings, but at the time it is a catch all room. As far as organizing family, a little one, my husband and my art, well it is tough but we manage. We all are a creative family and they know where I stand when it comes to my art! In the kitchen! LOL!
Q. Primary you use fabric, what other mediums do you tend to use? Is there one you've used that just hasn't worked? How did you deal with it?
A. I work in all mediums. But as I stated before, I do work a lot with polymer clay, wire, acrylic paints, found objects, recycled objects and ceramic clay. I paint on canvas and have a series of mixed media, found object assemblage that I work on regularly that I show in galleries around Louisiana. I recently took a workshop in incaustic painting. Which is painting and carving in wax on panels. I loved it! This might bring into play a new medium for me. When something happens not to work right with what I'm doing, I will put it to the side and save it until I can find use for it in another project.
Q. The little creatures you make have such individual personalities, what is the biggest inspiration behind each ones unique look?
A. First of all, thank you! My son and his friends are my biggest inspiration when it comes to making my patches. Sometimes he will put the faces together for me (like a puzzle) and sometimes I just think about who the patch will be going to or made for and that helps too. I try to make boy and girl ones to appeal to everyone. I watch a lot of his cartoons too, so sometimes they might tend to look like cartoon characters. The seasons inspire some too as far a color schemes go. My monkeys tend to have the more round mouth like they are "ha ha hoo hooing". And smiles are always a plus! I have never made on frowning. No request for that either! LOL! The fabric colors and combinations that I pick inspire me, but most of all I just have fun with them.
Q. With the current economic climate do you think that there will be a rise in the amount of people interested in doing DIY Crafts? What effect do you think this will have on the current industry?
A. No. The ones who do it already will continue to do it. There are lots of people out there that have not found their creative side and will continue to pay artist to do it for them.
Q. There has been plenty of cases of artists ideas and works being copied and sold by others, how do you best protect yourself against this happening?
A. There is nothing new under the sun, moon and stars! I hope that others do try their hands at what I do and if it is fun and a success for them, then wonderful. If not, you can purchase what I sell and be assured that all my heart and soul went into what I made and it is quality each and every time. No protection needed when you create from your soul. It will show and people who know you and your work know that!
Q. What are your plans for 2009? Anything new and exciting coming up?
A. I have a series of ceramic pieces (wall vases) that I am working on and I will be selling them in my Etsy shop real soon. More fun, funky, unique and colorful work coming in 2009!
Q. Which are the best sites online for people visit to read up and see more of your work?
A. My Etsy shop is the best place! www.jodieflowers.etsy.com I love to keep in touch with my fan base through Myspace: www.myspace.com/jodieflowers I Twitter a bit at www.twitter.com/jodieflowers The key to being a productive artist is not to have too much going on onine!
Q. Thank you for your time Jodie and I hope you've enjoyed answering these few questions.
A. Sure. Anytime. I enjoyed it. Peace and Etsy love!