Karleigh Jae Heywood
Karleigh Jae www.karleighjae.etsy.com/
How long has your Etsy shop been open?
Just over a year now.
How did you get into crafting?
I've always been interested in making books. Always.
How did Etsy come into your life?
An artist friend casually mentioned it to me. I'm so grateful that she did!
What was your involvement in the crafting world before stumbling upon Etsy?
I've always done fine art and I did books in my spare time. When I stumbled upon etsy I decided to turn my hobby into a business.
Do you have a day job?
Etsy is my day job (along with being a mom)
Tell us about your shop:
My shop would not be open and going unless I had a supportive husband who encourages me to make more books :) Occasionally my husband will help me cut leather or stitch a book. He also gives me feedback on EVERY book I make. Feedback is great, especially from someone who gives their honest opinion.
What advice would you give to newbies on Etsy or in the crafting world?
Find something you love to make or you'll regret having to make hundreds of them when they become popular.
What's the most challenging part of your crafting?
I currently don't have a studio space for my books or other art work. Hopefully that will change in the next few months :)
Do you show your work locally?
I have in the past but I've never really shown my books. That will change soon too.
Famous last words?
Where is my bonefolder?!
How did you get interested in bookmaking?
I was interested since I was young but become entranced when I took a book arts course in college.
How long have you been Bookmaking?
10 or so years but only the last few years have I been serious about it.
What is your favorite stitch/technique?
I really like sewing onto cords. The old feel of the leather around the cords is classic.
What is the one tool or supply that you couldn't live without?
My bonefolder (or rather bonefolderS since I seem to lose them often)
Materials you use for your books?
Leather, Binders Board, Linen Thread, PVA-Jade 403, paper
What inspires you?
Paper...especially Lokta, Florentine Prints and Japanese Papers
Who is your crafting hero?
My husband (http://danielheywood.etsy.com/) and my overly creative brother (http://ihavethreeheads.etsy.com/) Although they aren't really "crafty" I think I would put them more in the fine arts category but they're still very inspirational.
Brownies and Chocolate