Interview by SilentLotus
Meet Cathie of Etsy's SweetWolf and UltraTrixie
The way Cathie tells it, she was pretty much born into craftiness. Her imaginative, funky, and intelligent creations are the perfect illustration of what nurtured talent and creativity can blossom into.
Q. Etsy is a unique blend of artists with many different creative styles and approaches. What is your own "philosophy" or approach to creativity?
Q. What do you sell in your Etsy shop?
Mostly bags and purses, but also other things I have sewn, and sometimes a bit of crochet. Also, ‘home décor’ items, like light switch plate covers, picture frames, or mirrors. I like the freedom of being able to sell anything I decide to make!
Q. What are your creative inspirations?
I find inspiration anywhere and everywhere. Some of my best ideas come to me when I am waiting in line or otherwise ‘bored’ and I let my mind wander.
Q. How did you get started creating?
I have been ‘making stuff’ for as long as I can remember. My parents and Grandmas always encouraged us to be creative and never be ‘bored’ (boredom was not allowed at our house 'cause there *is* always something to do!).
Q. What other artistic tendencies do you have? Do you have other crafty/artsy skills that you already do or would like to try?
Other artistic tendencies? Hm, I was in a band once upon a time. I got a D in a painting class in college (that teacher was something else, that’s a whole story in itself!) I dabble in all kinds of crafts, not so much ‘art’. I do decoupage/ collage, I bead and make jewelry. I crochet, I mosaic. I have made PMC jewelry with my friend’s kiln. I play with/ look at my supplies a lot. I collect ‘junk’ to make into other things.
I would love to learn how to make stained glass. And one of these days I’ll learn how to solder silver. (If I can weld, that’s gotta be easy!)
Q. What would you like to try to make, that you haven't already? What is your dream project?