This week I would like to introduce you to another fellow St. Louis Craft Mafia member and a very talented artist.
Artist/Crafter Name: Courtney Turney
Art/Craft Specialty: Wool felting
Etsy shop: www.hypercraftive.etsy.com
Photo site: www.flickr.com/hypercraftive
Shops where you sell: Cranky Yellow, Laumeier Sculpture Park
Upcoming Shows: Strange Folk Festival, Big A$$ Indie Art & Craft Show
What is your artistic background: I've been creating all my life and I have a degree in fashion design. I don't draw very well so I stick to mediums that don't require it!
When did you learn to craft: It all started when I would sit on the floor of my mom's sewing room and try to invent things with all her scraps.
How long have you been creating professionally: 1 year
Have you ever been published in a magazine, featured on television, etc.: Featured artist in "Objectivity", Laumeier Sculpture Park's member magazine. Issue: June 2009
Do you teach art to other's? If so where: I would love to, but I haven't yet
Can you briefly describe the process of creating your art: I knit and crochet free from items and then felt them using a wet-felting method called 'fulling'. I also felt old wool sweaters using the same method and then use a needle-felting technique to apply simple graphic images before turning the felted fabric into accessories such as cuffs and coasters.
What inspires you: My children, the color wheel and simple icons.
When do you feel most creative: When I sleep. That may seem strange, but I will wake up spontaneously, with some really cool ideas.
How does creating make you feel: Relaxed
What other art inspires you: Paul Klee, Any Warhol, anything Bauhaus
What colors make you happy: Right now, it is bright jewel tones, but that'll change.
Do you listen to music while you create? If so what: Oddly, no.
If you were to pick a different medium or craft to specialize in what would it be:
metalsmithing, large and small
Do you have any favorite places to shop for supplies in the area: Any thrift store for the old and recyclables, Paste in Soulard (for my yarn). My favorite online store is ornamentea.com
What is/are your favorite magazine(s) related to your art/craft: I don't one, but www.printpattern.blogspot.com is my favorite place for inspiration.
What is your studio or workspace like: A big mess. I have 5 projects going with all the supplies spread out on tables, floor & bulletin boards at any given time. I call it the creative process, but it's really just an occupational hazard.
If you could have your dream studio anywhere in the world where would it be: In the alps, in a chateau
When did you first discover you were a creative spirit: I don't think I ever discovered. I always was and it was always encouraged.
What is your all time favorite creation: I'm too fickle to pick just one. My favorite is always the one I just finished.
What is the best creative advice you have been given: If you love what you create, who cares what anyone else thinks.
What is the best creative advice you would give: Don't be afraid-this is why children are such great artists.
What do you really want people to know about you, your art and living a creative life: I have a day job and a family that I share my love with. I don't know what I would do with myself if I didn't have any of these 3 outlets in my life.
When you aren't creating, how do you like spend your time: on Facebook-don't judge me
Name and describe one person who has encouraged your creative spirit, and how have they inspired you: My husband, Mike Turney. He is an emerging artist himself and he has always stood firmly behind me in everything I do; encouraging and
loving and gentle