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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Featured Artist - Charlene Anderson

This is the last of many interviews that I have left to post on my blog. I know that I've gotten some new followers in the past week so if any of you would like to be featured just contact me and I'll be happy to email you with the questions!

Here's Charlene of Purveyor of All Things Creative, she's got a great mix of totes, jewelry supplies, beads, and fiber arts supplies.

- What’s your name and where are you from?

Charlene Anderson, born in Hollywood, CA, lived in Hawaii 20 plus years, now in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming

-What is your shop name and what does it mean to you?

Purveyor of All Things Creative. I chose it as I have several creative fields I word in and wanted a name that meant creativity to everyone.

- What websites do you sell on how did you decide on which ones?

eBay, Amazon and just starting on Etsy and a few smaller ones that are getting set up as I type

- How long have you been crafting?

As long as I can remember but seriously started at about age 15, which would be 36 years. Ugh. I'm 16 in my mind.

-Tell me any interesting things about you that you would like to share.

I have travelled to over 100 counties, am a tech geek, was a world class athlete in several sports and am married to a great English guy 17 years my junior who is an incredible photographer.

-What do you sell in your shop?

Art and craft tools, supplies, equipment, books, DVDs and more all related to arts and crafts. I also sell my own work.

- Tell us about your crafting space.

I have two rooms upstairs that are devoted to my business. One is the office and one the studio. But I am like Mark Twain and Vera Wang, however and like to work sitting on my lovely bed with my work around me and my Vizsla dog Arazi next to me.

-Do you belong to any guilds, teams or other indie craft organizations?

Handweavers Guild of America. I was their National President for several years in the 90's.

-Where do you find inspiration?

Everywhere. Photos, travel (a big one) walks, brainstorming, talking with husband, in the shower, everywhere!

-Tell me a bit about your creative process

Usually I let an idea run around around in my mind for a bit before working on it. I'll take notes and talk it over with my husband, who can help work out kinks in my process.

- Where have you learned to do what you do?

Trial and error

-What is your favorite item in your shop right now?

The new Wubber Pliers.

-Why is it your favorite?

Easy on the hands, easy on the wire, easy to work with, very cool.

- What is your favorite part of your craft?

Thinking up new ideas

- What is your least favorite part?

Photographing finished work

-How did you get started with your craft?

One thing lead to another, and it seems I am interested in a lot of things!

-If you sell on more than one site which is your favorite and why?

eBay as I have been doing it for 9 years and know it well.

-What makes your shop unique?

I carry items that are hard to find, I have fabulous customer service, great prices and ship very quickly.

-What advice do you have for other independent crafters just starting out?

It's hard work and be prepared for it. I've been doing this since 1981 and it is still hard work.

-Where else can we find you on the web? , , , ,

Thanks again for letting me interview you Charlene!

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