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Maker Monday: Candy Frost

Maker Monday: Candy Frost


This Maker Monday we are pleased to highlight Candy Frost Design, a favorite from both our shops and craft markets! Her colorful floral arrangements are all made of felt, so you can give your friends and family beautiful lasting bouquets. The newest addition to her product line is felt houseplants! Perfect for those of us who struggle to keep plants alive! Candy is a vendor at our upcoming Virtual Market this Saturday, November 28th. Catch her LIVE on her Instagram page from 11:30am -12:00pm PST showing and selling her new floral designs in her studio. 


Name:
Candy Frost
Astrological Sign:
Gemini
Favorite Color:
Green and Fuscia - I'm a gemini, so I get 2 choices, right?
Favorite Food:
Anything from Bollywood Theater.
Favorite Art Supply/Tool:
Needle nose pliers from my Dad's old fishing toolbox.

How did you get started doing art as a business?
I have been making things since I was a kid, but this particular line of work has a very specific origin story. The night before my kiddo's last day of his first year of preschool, a fellow preschool parent texted and asked what I was going to give as a teacher gift. Huh? Oops. Teacher gift! So I got out some wool blend felt I had been using for a needle felting project and some wire from the garage and I whipped up some felt flowers. I liked them so much I never gave them away. I posted them on my Instagram and got such great feedback I thought maybe I had something here! I spent months building a portfolio of work and applied to the Crafty Wonderland Winter show. I thought if I get into that, then this is worth pursuing. And I did. And the rest is history.

Do you have any advice for other people who are looking to grow their business and become a full time artist/crafter?
I am not full time but advice for keeping at it, I can provide. Try to carve out time to work. Make a schedule and stick to it. Take on challenging things and put yourself out there.



How has COVID changed the way your business works?
Before Covid, the majority of my work was sold wholesale and at craft shows. This pandemic has forced me out of my comfort zone and I finally got my Etsy page up and running.

Where do you find the most inspiration for your work?
I find inspiration for flowers when I am out for a walk. I am inspired by paintings and fabric surface design for color palettes. 


How do you balance your business and your personal life?

Very poorly. Haha. A lot of working on my art at night.

What is your COVID go-to guilty pleasure - either something you're reading, listening to, watching or eating?
I really enjoy Long Way Up and have been rewatching Marvelous Mrs Maisel and all the Marvel movies. I listen to a lot of Spotify, podcasts, and The Score on All Classical Portland while working in my studio. 


What artists are you loving these days?
I love following fellow artists on IG. I am loving Sara Schroeder paintings, Sarah Saunders Ceramics, Martina Thornhill, Anne Katherine Design, Alchemilla Jewelry, Dani Ives Fiber Artist and Kelly B Justice ceramics.

What are you doing to stay positive in these uncertain times?
Spending time with my seven year old. Seven year olds are the best of humanity and so very funny. 

You're stranded on a desert island and can bring three things with you - what are they?
A hammock, a good book and a Sat phone with signal so I can call for a ride home after my book and nap.

 

About Candy Frost: I am a graduate of OCAC, majoring in ceramics. Sculpting flowers and arrangements in felt has been a fun transition for me because of the low tech, immediacy of the process. I start each arrangement selecting a color palate and the arrangement goes from there. Each one is unique. Before this particular creative endeavor, I wore many hats: an art gallery director in NYC, and a gift shop owner in Western NY, and a salesperson for Supportland, a Buy Local campaign in Portland. Throughout it all, I have always been a maker, even as a young child. 

You can see more of Candy's work on her website and Instagram

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Maker Monday: Adrienne Vita

Maker Monday: Adrienne Vita

Our first Maker Monday interview is with local artist and long-time Crafty Wonderland vendor, Adrienne Vita! You may recognize her work from both our shops and our craft markets. Adrienne has been selling with us since back in our Doug Fir days and is now participating in our Virtual Markets, doing live tarot and oracle readings, painting, and showing some beautiful crystals. She'll be vending at both of our upcoming Virtual Markets, so be sure to catch her live on her own Instagram page Saturday, November 28th from 1:00-2:00 PST!

Name: Adrienne Vita
Astrological Sign: Cancer sun sign
Favorite Color: Deep Bluish-greenish and Black
Favorite Food: Mushrooms, fennel, tomatoes, strawberries and chocolate - not all together though haha.
Favorite Art Supply/Tool: Watercolor and brushes


 
How did you get started doing art as a business?
I went to art school and then had a full time art career in design. After 10 years of that I switched to a part time design job so I could start selling my own art. Crafty Wonderland gave me a chance to vend in my very first booth when they were at the Doug Fir Lounge. Things slowly picked up for me so I was able to leave my part time job to pursue my art business full time in 2007 and then adding my crystal shop 2016.

Do you have any advice for other people who are looking to grow their business and become a full time artist/crafter?
Start by doing your art after your work hours or get a part time job while selling your work until you can move into it full time. Don't look at what's trendy or sells. Make what is unique to you. Keeping at it is key.



How has COVID changed the way your business works?
My business hasn't changed so much because I already had my online shop and shipping in place. Events have been the real change. I haven't had any in-person connection with my clients, customers or stockists during covid. I am now doing virtual events which works really nicely to still connect with everyone.

Where do you find the most inspiration for your work?
Nature, architecture, crystals, meditation, my garden and music.

How do you balance your business and your personal life?
I don't know if I am the best at it, it's a constant balance. I don't have kids and my husband and I both have careers and are both working from home now, so work tends to take priority. But I love to relax and rest, so I always make time for it. I realized over the years that I really need to balance as much as I can because burnout doesn't feel so fun. I love my alone time and social time, so my husband and I make it a point to walk together, cook together, do some fun outside social distance things to break the work routine.


What is your COVID go-to guilty pleasure - either something you're reading, listening to, watching or eating?
Definitely lots of Netflix - I last watched the Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb which was really great. Also, supporting our local restaurants by getting takeout when we can.

What artists are you loving these days?
I'm actually getting really inspired by sculptors, ancient art and old nature paintings. It's not any particular artist but more of a style I am really liking. I think I've really been missing going to museums! 

What are you doing to stay positive in these uncertain times?

I have my days but the way I get out of it is to remember that nothing is permanent. Things are always changing. Ideas will come when they need to. And that I don't have to figure out a problem right in the middle of the heat. Meditation, working with my crystals and cards are important to me. But also walks, looking at baby animal videos and jokes go a long way too.

You can see more of Adrienne's work on her website and Instagram! And be sure to check out her other business, Dream Maker Crystals, for some gorgeous crystal specimens!