Now the Work Begins
My new site is finally live! I've been itching to share this project with everyone, but I wanted the site live before I gave out too many details. This is my new home online where I'll be talking about my creative adventures, sharing quilting/crafting/art related ramblings, and showing my latest projects.
Why Crafty Cat Studio
Crafty Cat Studio is named after the constant companions I have with me in my studio, Kally and Wesley. Sometimes helpful, sometimes just in the way, my cats are always with me. Unless the iron is on or paint is out, then for their own safety they are shut out for a little bit of time, but even then they aren't far (usually yowling at my door).
A Little History and a Look Forward
I've been doing art my whole life (drawing, painting, sculpture, design, knitting, sewing, etc.) and it's amazing how unhappy I get when I can't create. I spent the beginning of my career in the technology field. It was fun and rewarding but I really didn't get to be creative. I'd try to find time to be creative away from work, but mostly I only had time for the endless cycle of sleep and work. When I was getting really worn out by this cycle and itching for something new, I discovered quilting. I really loved how you could make this craft your own. The more I got into this craft, the more I learned how it could become a full time career. I decided to break out of the sleep/work cycle and forge my own path as an artist with the invaluable support of my family.
I started out working with my mom, Julie, on Sew Many Blocks. We have written several best selling patterns and I learned a lot about running my own business. You can find her patterns in her Craftsy's Pattern Shop. I'll be opening my pattern shop soon, so keep an eye on this blog. I'm really happy I made this career change and I'm looking forward to each new challenge and that's where Crafty Cat Studio comes in.
Recently I wanted to shift focus a little and spend some time working on art quilting along with the pattern writing. I also thought it would be fun to have a blog to go with this adventure since I'll be experimenting with a lot of new tools and techniques plus mixing in stuff from my extensive art background. These ideas became Crafty Cat Studio!