Thursday, June 25, 2009

ChocolateMartiniCard of Etsy Paper Street Team

Kathryn of the Etsy Paper Street Team truly enjoys the experimentation of creating. Her original illustrations and the colors she uses in those illustrations give us a sense of her abandonment while creating. After reading about ChocolateMartiniCard, visit her shop and see her magic with color.

Enjoy and think of something that you would like her to create especially for you!

How did you get your start in the world of art?
I’ve always been involved in art, one way or another. Long before I can remember, I was immersed in my mom’s art supplies, experimenting and creating. It’s a part of who I am; I have an inherent need to be creative.

Do you have a ritual you perform before you start creating?
No, I just usually wait until I have a buildup of great ideas and then I gather my supplies, put my head down and start working until I’m exhausted!

What do you like best, the creative process or the final creation?
Both, I think! The process is so relaxing and cathartic for me, but to be able to produce something that I like, and am proud of, is so rewarding in the end.

What are your favorite art media, tools, and supplies?
I’m an old fashioned gal: a new set of pencils and markers and some fresh sheets of paper or cardstock makes my heart go pitter-pat.

When a creative block happens, what process do you go through to get the creative juices flowing again?
I take time away from it. You can’t force the creative process and its important to me that drawing and painting are still fun. So if I feel things not flowing, I’ll take a day or two off and focus on the other things that I love, and that always gives me energy again.

What do you hope your art says about you?
I hope it conveys my sense of humor, my love of giving and celebration.
What is your greatest dream and greatest fear as an artist?
My greatest dream, which I’m sure is the case for many artists, is to be able to make a living (at least partially!) doing what I love. My greatest fear is that I’ll remain stagnant and not evolve as an artist. And, of course, that other’s won’t appreciate my work!
What are your goals in art, and in life?
In art, to constantly improve my technique and my creativity and never remain stagnant. And to hopefully, one day, make a living at it. Ideally I would like to expand my card business to include wedding stationery. I’d also love to explore new areas of creativity – I’m learning photography and I’d love to venture into ceramics. In life, to raise a healthy and happy family with my wonderful husband, to enjoy all the small moments that are easily missed, to travel, and to find ways to make a difference to people less fortunate.

Tell us a little bit about yourself—where you grew up, your life now, other creative pursuits, other interests and hobbies.
I grew up in and around Toronto, Canada but spent a lot of time in Nova Scotia, where I went to university. I work as a registered nurse, which allows me to connect with people and really feel like I’m doing something worthwhile. My husband and I have a little wiener dog named Frank Sinatra, who will soon be replaced as head of the family by the little baby we’re expecting in August. I have a passion for all kinds of arts and crafts and have recently delved into photography and am trying to muster up the ability to sew (it does not come naturally!). I love to garden, to travel, and to decorate our home as well!

Do you have more than one Etsy shop and/or other online shops?
I just have the one Etsy shop : ChocolateMartiniCards

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