Nancy Whitney-Conway's Profile

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Throughout my life, I am antsy and anxious to broaden my crafting horizons. My shop name, Antsy Artist Redux, is more about describing me, than my work. But, Antsy Artist also comes from a youngster I knew growing up who called me Antsy because he couldn't pronounce Nancy. Works for me.

I've always been interested in creating handmade art. When I was growing up, I loved drawing, coloring, painting, yarn crafts, sewing, paper projects, decorating everything -- those basic learning skills most youngsters either love or endure.

Without knowing, I was reusing/upcycling out of necessity. My supplies and sources came from found items. Art and craft come from basic tools, materials, imagination and desire.

- During the 60's I did all of the hippie crafts that involved reuse/upcycling, like…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 12
  • Joined July 30, 2009

Favorite materials

Everything reusable, plastic bags, fabric, yarn, jewelry, thrift shop items, wood, copper wire, metal, acrylic paint, clay, paper, fabric ink

About

Throughout my life, I am antsy and anxious to broaden my crafting horizons. My shop name, Antsy Artist Redux, is more about describing me, than my work. But, Antsy Artist also comes from a youngster I knew growing up who called me Antsy because he couldn't pronounce Nancy. Works for me.

I've always been interested in creating handmade art. When I was growing up, I loved drawing, coloring, painting, yarn crafts, sewing, paper projects, decorating everything -- those basic learning skills most youngsters either love or endure.

Without knowing, I was reusing/upcycling out of necessity. My supplies and sources came from found items. Art and craft come from basic tools, materials, imagination and desire.

- During the 60's I did all of the hippie crafts that involved reuse/upcycling, like crochet, macrame and sewing - using scraps and leftovers.

- The 70's brought a bit of prosperity when people started buying things I made. I painted flowers on old tuxedo shirts I bought from rental places. Then a friend sold them in Manhattan. I also updated every piece of furniture in sight, with paint.

- In the 80's I started doing tissue collage on thrift shop items. Since then, I've put my skills together and work to improve -- always reusing every scrap.

I have a wonderfully supportive (and creative) family and always had a full time job until I recently retired. We've done many craft shows over the years from New England to south Florida.

I dabble in anything -- I carve my own stamps to print paper for collage work and scrap fabric for making ID wallets, pouches and bags. I make plarn (plastic bag yarn) or use vintage and leftover yarn for crochet projects, discharge tie-dye clothing items and fabric, make clay from outdated spices, paper-mache, felting, drawing and more.

Thanks for your interest. Antsy Nancy Whitney-Conway.

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