It is with great pleasure that I bring you this delightful 17 year old artist, and her charming creations. Welcome, Chloe' of Little Green Shoot, and one of her creations, Oscar, the cute little fellow above. You really must take the time to visit Little Green Shoot to see Chloe's other creations.
What led you to start creating your art/craft?
I wish I knew! My bears in particular were a complete suprise! At first it was my intention to recycle my leather offcuts into Journals. Then, just 3 weeks later I was looking down at my very first Leather & Suede Artist Bear - Toby. Craft in general though has always been a part of my life. It's one of those things you dont get a choice in. Busy hands, happy head. If it weren't for needles & thread I'd go crazy...although some days I'd swear it was the root of my insanity!
How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?
It was all a big accident really. I'd come across a large amount of leather offcuts that were soon to be discarded, and took them off their hands. It's such beautiful material, I hated the thought of it going to waste. I didn't know then what it would be used for -I just knew I could give it new life.
What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?
Everything! Every stitch & every snip! I hand sew all my bears. It's true it takes awhile, and my fingers protest - butIi love every minute of it. It's all worth it when you see their tiny faces staring back at you!
If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?
I think a kiwi. They may look a little different, feel a strange kinda fuzzy, but they're beautiful and sweet underneath it all - plus, they're green - which suits us!
If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?
Writng. I love escaping into my own world and exploring the wild imaginations of others. Writing can be powerful and beautiful, in fact it's to books I owe my imagination!
What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?
I guess if I had anything to say, it would be to let my work speak for itself . I'm 17, and I am happy sharing that with people. It's sad, but sometimes it gets a negative response. I've taught crafts to bright younglings and I'm a huge supporter of young talent!
What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?
Do what you love. Love what you do! It's important to learn new things, especially when you find yourself getting a little bored or frustrated. It'll give your creativity a kick, as well as your Making Mojo!
Chloe'...you are truly a delightful young lady, and I hope you keep on designing and creating your enchanting creations!Thank you for sharing your ideas and creativity out here with us, and also for taking the time to teach others! To learn more about Chloe' and her creations be sure to visit her Little Green Shoot shop on Etsy, and visiting her other links below.