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I've been doing crafts and making stuff all my life with early encouragement from an aunt & uncle who would send me a different craft kit each year for Chirstmas. Plus I grew up with an American Handicraft store (part of Tandy corp) just up the street from my home. I tend to equate folk art not so much as primitive but as self-taught. Being creative means jumping and exploring and trying new things so while I create art, I have yet to find my voice or create a body of work that I would label as a signature line but the more I learn about steampunk the more I feel that I have always been on just didn't know it. I guess rather than a crafter or artist, the label "maker" better describes what I do and create. I work in wood, plaster, wax, metal, plastic, found objects, and mixed media. I believe that art is inside us all and just needs an outlet to express itself. If I were to give advice it would be "Make art everyday" (with a…

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  • Joined November 9, 2010

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I've been doing crafts and making stuff all my life with early encouragement from an aunt & uncle who would send me a different craft kit each year for Chirstmas. Plus I grew up with an American Handicraft store (part of Tandy corp) just up the street from my home. I tend to equate folk art not so much as primitive but as self-taught. Being creative means jumping and exploring and trying new things so while I create art, I have yet to find my voice or create a body of work that I would label as a signature line but the more I learn about steampunk the more I feel that I have always been on just didn't know it. I guess rather than a crafter or artist, the label "maker" better describes what I do and create. I work in wood, plaster, wax, metal, plastic, found objects, and mixed media. I believe that art is inside us all and just needs an outlet to express itself. If I were to give advice it would be "Make art everyday" (with a tip of hat to Hugh MacLeod for the concept) I am fortunate to live in New Mexico which has several rich art traditions including Spanish Colonial, Native American, and various Artist colonies such as Taos that give me inspiration as well as mountains and access to nature.

My shop is currently divided into various sections bases on what medium of art I am using or interests that I feel others love as well - wood carving, chalkware (aka Chalk-o-late Santas), vintage kitchen (stay tuned for some old cookbooks - not just tools), vintage toys and games (a personal hobby that has grown out of hand), vintage holiday (mostly Christmas and Halloween but an occasional item from other holidays will pop in every now and then), and vintage everything else. Hope you enjoy your visit and return often.

My avatar is one of my chalk-o-late Santa Claus. I titled him "Wingate" for the archeological dig site (near modern day Reserve, New Mexico) where the pottery was discovered that formed the inspiration for his coat and bag designs. Not your typical Santa Claus look but I think that is why I like him so much.

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