Saturday, 21 June 2008

Blog Interview: Anna Hawthorne Bookarts

Name: Anna-Marie Hawthorne

Company/Etsy Site: Anna Hawthorne Bookarts

Website: (still in transition!)


Location: Tulsa, OK

How long has your Etsy shop been open? Since summer 2006 but it has been very low key until early 2008 or so.

How did you get into crafting? I was born into it. My mom has always done something, whether it was quilting, Hardanger embroidery, fused glass, she showed me art can be fun.

How did Etsy come into your life? I wish I could remember! I think it was from a Yahoo group. I loved it right away.

What was your involvement in the crafting world before stumbling upon Etsy? I made books and mixed media items as gifts for friends and family for years. Also I'm a member of a few online groups that swap art.

Do you have a day job? Yes. I am CEO (Chief Education Officer) of our little homeschool, Providence Academy. I am also CEO (Chief Everything Officer) of our home. And with 4 kids you better believe it's an all day affair! But I love it.

Tell us about your shop: Does anyone help you? Actually I hired my 10 year-old daughter as my assistant. She does all sorts of helpful things for me.

What advice would you give to newbies on Etsy or in the crafting world? Get out there and meet people. Get into some Etsy Team that you can click with and ask LOTS of questions. Oh, and get in there and make something. Even if you are scared, do it anyway. Also, learn to take good photos. That's my biggest weakness.

What's the most challenging part of your crafting? TIME!

Do you show your work locally? Not at this time, but I'm eyeing some local craft shows for next year.

Famous last words? Words matter.

How did you get interested in bookmaking? I bought a kit at a bookstore and have been at it ever since.

How long have you been crafting? Bookmaking? I bought my first book on the subject in 2003 and made books for some friends. In 2004 I took my first real bookmaking class with an instructor from Minnesota Center for Book Arts. It was fabulous.

What is your favorite stitch/technique? I love it all. I'm trying to experiment more with non-adhesive bindings, so stitches of all kinds are intriguing. Right now I am into the Coptic stitch. As a left hander I love the fact that it
opens flat.

What is the one tool or supply that you couldn't live without? My wooden bone folder. And my Japanese punch. And my standing press. And...

Materials you use for your books? I am marbling and making paste papers, so I like to use those when I can. I also want to make more handmade paper for the text block. It is dreamy to write on handmade paper.

What inspires you? My faith, seeing others' work and going to the art museum.

Who is your crafting hero? Julie Chen. I got to take one of her two-day workshops and loved it. Her artist books are perfection and seeing them in person was
incredibly inspiring.

Guilty pleasure? Diet Coke. Lots of Diet Coke.

submitted by Barbara, of moonbindery

1 comment:

Rhonda said...

Nice interview Anna-Marie. Thanks for sharing :)