Meet Shari, Artterro’s new Shipping & Production Manager! Along with keeping our warehouse organized and running smoothly, Shari is also an accomplished crafter with her own Etsy shop. She has been helping us make some beautiful new product samples to display on our packaging, marketing materials and social media pages.
Q: What’s your art background? How long have you been crafting?
A: I am pretty sure I started crafting as soon as I was born, haha. Art, and creating/crafting has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. I took as many art classes as I could in school, including summer school. I have always made presents for friends and family members. I have always saved materials that would otherwise be thrown out to make new things with — what I save has just changed over the years. I had an Illustration minor in college, but I feel like my everyday experiences have taught me more than I ever learned in a classroom.
Q: How do you incorporate art in your daily life?
A: I see everything as a material or tool that can be used to make something else. I am constantly coming up with new ideas, even if I know I’ll never get to all of them. I have an etsy shop and vendor at craft shows, so I am usually testing out new ideas, making products to sell, checking out all the cool things (online and in shops and galleries around town) that other people have made, or selling the final product. I also like bartering with my friends who craft! And in October 2013, I joined Artterro, so crafting is actually a part of my work! This is something I am very excited about.
Q: What was it like making samples with our kits?
A: The kits are generally geared towards kids, but I think they are also a good product for crafty adults to buy. It was harder for me to see the materials with a child’s eye, as in, I wanted everything to match and look perfect. But kids just want to incorporate every style and color, and for it to be fun. Sometimes I wish I could just go back to that and stop worrying about what goes where and why. But I did still have a good time with it, and think that I came up with some cool samples. It’s no paint-by-number, and allows you to really use your imagination.
Q: What is your favorite handmade gift to give away?
A: I really like giving away the tiny, origami, paper crane earrings that I make. I fold the cranes out of a 1 inch by 1 inch square of paper, set them on sterling silver findings, and coat them for durability. They are very delicate (yet sturdy), and everyone is always amazed I could fold something that small with my fingers. They are very unique, so I am generally not afraid that they already have something like it.
Q: Describe your perfect craft night.
A: Having friends over for dinner, drinking wine, and crafting in my cozy living room. Then taking a break to blow frozen bubbles! And did I mention wine? This totally happened a couple weeks ago. I often craft by myself, and I love getting together to do it with friends.