Monday, 15 October 2007

Interview: Spacedog Studios

Name: Sarah Hansen
Company/Etsy Site:
Location: Hilliard, OH

How long has your Etsy shop been open?
Going on 2 years.
How did you get into crafting?
I've always done art - drawing, writing, anything creative. I just
always have, I don't think it ever had a beginning. I never "got" into
it, I was just IN it.
How did Etsy come into your life?
Just from hearing about it on the internet, and deciding to give it a shot.
What was your involvement in the crafting world before stumbling upon Etsy?
In the "crafting" world, little. But I do have an art degree, and I'm
just now figuring out how to put that to good use.
Do you have a day job?
Yep! I'm a floral designer at Michael's.
Tell us about your shop: Does anyone help you?
Uh, my cat is a superb paperweight, and my husband is the mail-man and bread winner of the year! (I love you honey.)
What advice would you give to newbies on Etsy or in the crafting world?
Buy a decent camera, a decent computer, some decent glue, and then stop worrying, and jump in. You can always live and learn, but you can't learn if you don't live.
What's the most challenging part of your crafting?
By far the hardest part is making time for it.
Do you show your work locally?
Sometimes I show my art in a local gallery, but then, sometimes not.
Famous last words?
Less talkin' more rockin' !
How did you get interested in bookmaking?
I took an altered book course a couple of years back at the Columbus College of Art and Design, and learned some rudimentary bookmaking techniques. But I loved it so much I bought the Keith Smith books, and taught myself more.
A book can be so simple and so complex, so utilitarian and so beautiful, so empty and so personal . . . .
How long have you been crafting? Bookmaking?
Bookmaking for the past couple of years.

What is your favorite stitch/technique?
I love the coptic stitch, especially how the hard covers reveal the little "inner world" of soft paper. I love having that other "window" to play with.
Also, I love finding new uses and forms for books.
What is the one tool or supply that you couldn't live without?
Materials you use for your books?
Book board, paper, YES! paste, PVA, brushes, bone folders, cutting mats, clear rulers, utility knives, threads, fabrics, ribbons, vellum, velcro, buttons . . .
What inspires you?
Color and texture
Who is your crafting hero?
Yikes. I really have no idea.
Guilty pleasure?
My name is Sarah, I'm 28 years old, and I have a DDR obsession.


tulibri said...

What does DDR mean? The former german democratic republic? Or decision design research? Sorry, I'm an international blogreader not familiar with this abbreviation :)

Diane said...

I just joined the Book arts forum and I am discovering so many wonderful bookbinding blogs. This one is so useful - and contains even more great links to follow!

I'm going to have to put a special page on my blog for all the bookbinding links I am discovering.


PS Hi Astrid - I seem to be following you around today! And I don't know what DDR means either!

Kerri said...

DDR is the secret to massively awesome bookbinding.

(I think she means Dance Dance Revolution, the best video game ever created.)

Rhonda said...

oh! a video game!
(i had no idea)

Ali said...

Thanks for sharing Sarah!
Great pics of your studio.