The Belmont Hat (Espresso / Chartreuse / Sky)
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.