Wednesday, February 24, 2010


The Belmont Hat (Espresso / Chartreuse / Sky)

by Hallie

WELCOME, Hallie of HALPAL28 on Etsy. Be sure to take time to visit this delightful artist's shop, where you will find her handknit creations. 

Let's learn a bit more about Hallie by reading her fun interview below.

What led you to start creating your art/craft?

I was bored! I started knitting in college, and my course load wasn’t very challenging. I needed something to occupy my hands so that I wouldn't sit and eat cookies all day. I ended up loving it.

How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?

It wasn’t really a conscious decision. I’ve always loved crafted, but knitting just stuck a lot longer than anything else.

The Hawthorne Headband (Taupe / Marigold)

What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?

I love picking out the colors and imagining designs in my head. Then, of course it’s fun when they come to life. Starting and ending a project is the most exciting part. There’s a sizable lull in between, but I find it relaxing.

If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?

I’m tempted to say artichoke, because that’s my favorite food, but I think I’ll have to go with a peach. It’s soft and fuzzy, just like my creations, and it’s a real attention-getter. Whenever I eat a peach in public, people say, “Ooh! A Peach!” Customers often write me that their hats get them a lot of attention, which I think is fun.

The Toddler Oakdale Hat (Any Color Combination)

If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?

I love putting together outfits. I’m not a very good clothing designer, but I am an expert ‘layerer.’ I’d love to be a stylist or something similar. You can usually find me in either a simple jeans/tee-shirt combo, or covered in half of the pieces in my closet. It’s a good way to gauge how awake I was in the morning—just count the number of items I’m wearing. Right now it’s 7, so I was pretty energetic, but still a bit groggy.

What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?

Fearlessness and self-expression. Women should wear what makes them feel like themselves. It’s exciting to take risks with your wardrobe, and to be a little nervous when you walk out the door. I wear things sometimes that I know not very many people appreciate, but if they make me happy, it’s still fun. I have this hat with a big brooch and a veil over it, and it usually gets gawked at, but every once in a while someone will say, “I love your hat, and good for you for wearing what you want!” I think the color combinations in my shop are a bit edgy, yet so feminine. They’re impossible to ignore, so you have to be confident!

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Don’t sacrifice your style to please others. If you have a wild product, don’t tone it down to make more sales. You just need to find your niche. On Etsy, there is a product for every customer, and a customer for every product. I often hear, “Is this too weird to sell?” No! You just have to wait for the ‘weirdos’ to find you.

Thanks, Hallie, for a fun interview!  You have a great way of expressing yourself, not only in your words, but in your delightful knit creations.

To see more of Hallie's handknit creations, visit her Etsy shop below.


DeeCee said...

Fantastic interveiw and awesome shop. Thank you for posting Hallie on your blog.

Hallie said...

thanks again! i'm super excited to be featured :)