I just spent awhile browsing in Jennie's SOSOROSEY shop out on Etsy, and loved all the unique, colorful little baskets, coasters, and other items that this artist creates! They are so refreshing looking, and can be used in so many different ways. I can even picture one of my fairies sitting in one of the colorful little baskets! Be sure to visit this delightful shop after you read what Jennie has to say about herself and her work.
What led you to start creating your art/craft?
My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was 10 years old. Through the (many) years since then, I have enjoyed creating special gifts for family and friends and challenging myself to try new stitches and products. I discovered Etsy in November of 2007, and in searching for a unique way to showcase my skills, hit upon my love of bowl making. My first bowl for Etsy is the Gramma's Jammas bowl, and it has led me down a joyous and wonderful path!
How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?
I have always had a love affair with vintage textiles and yarns of all types. Finding a way to combine these two led me straight to "functional fiber, timeless textiles"!
What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?
I absolutely love shopping for beautiful fabrics in need of a new purpose. The thrill of gathering these items and deciding which fabrics go with which product is such a rush! Watching my bowls and upcycled creations "become" is gratifying beyond measure.
If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?
I would definitely say a pomegranate! All of the little bits, in all of their many layers, coming together to create a perfectly unique whole...that's what I strive for in my work.
If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?
That would have to be papercrafts- origami, specifically. I find extreme pleasure in the loveliness and delicacy of specialty papers, and the precision and patience required for origami work is meditative to me.
What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?
Perhaps reinvention. That old can become new, that our past can, and should be a solid part of our present, that our future will be the better for the preservation of our memories.
What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?
Find what you do best and love to do, and have faith that your work will be appreciated and cherished once it is discovered. Cultivate connections and friendships within your artisan community, so that when you falter they may support your spirit. Always remember that something amazing can be right around the corner for you- be ready!
Jennie, thanks for a delightful interview, and for sharing your wonderful creations with us. Be sure to visit SOSOROSEY by clicking on the photos below to go directly to that item in Jennie's shop, or clicking on the SOSOROSEY link below the photos.