We are back with another feature on an ArtFire artisan. This time round I am featuring Michelle from CreativeCritters.
So lets see what Michelle has to say.
What do you like to be called?
Michelle, or Chelle by family and close friends.
Where you named after anyone?
I think my middle name (Elizabeth) is a version of my mother's middle name (Beth).
How many birthdays have you had?
Where in the world are you located and where would you like to be located?
I live in N.E. Ohio, near Lake Erie. I'd like to live in a big farmhouse with lots of land (and animals) near a lake, some where a little warmer than here.
What defines you as you?
I'm creative, quirky, unique, caring, yet still strong. I'm a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but I always try to be there when someone needs me. I've been through some very hard times in my life, and that's made me more understanding when it comes to others problems. I love animals, and all living creatures. Heck, I feel bad when I chop a worm in 2 in the garden! I'm a weirdo, but in a good way.
What was a defining moment of your childhood?
My grandfather died when I was 14. He and my grandmother had raised my brothers and me until I was 13, and he had been my only father figure. He was always so strong, and when he got sick and died, my whole world was turned upside down. The ages between 14 and 18 were the hardest of my life. Enough happened to me during those years to fill a book, and none of it good. But I survived, and surviving that, I know I can survive anything. It made me a strong woman, physically and mentally. Now I can feel Grampa saying, "Way to go, Chelle. You're doing what you should be doing."
If you could be any animal which animal would you be and why?
A cat. I love cats. They're athletic and flexible and such a sense of freedom about them. They're funny and intelligent and creative. Maybe I was a cat in a past life. When I was little I used to dream I was a cat. Those were good dreams.
Do you believe in miracles?
Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
Lilacs, Dianthus flowers, fresh mowed grass, vanilla, brown sugar, roasted garlic, and a freshly bathed ferret.
What is on your mouse pad?
If you were a crayon what color would you be?
Do you still have your tonsils?
Do bald men wash their head with shampoo or soap?
I say soap- fewer steps.
What is the first thing you notice about people?
Their aura- whether they seem friendly and open or angry and distant. Next I notice their pet.
What color pants and shoes are you wearing?
Silver and purple tennis shoes, and blue jeans.
Scary movies or happy endings?
When cheese gets it's picture taken what does it say?
Where can people find you and what do you do on the internet?
My studio on ArtFire is at CreativeCritters. I have pictures and blogs on Facebook, MySpace, ByHand.me, Flickr, and JoAnn.com.
What do you want to be known for, both in terms of your "art" and personally?
In terms of my art I want to be known as talented, innovative, and unique. I want to be known for excellent customer service and as someone who can be relied upon. Personally I want to be known for my empathy, love for all creatures and their environment, as as a good person. I want my friends and family to know they can confide in me and rely on me to be there for them.
A scene I find inspiring: this picture was taken at sunset by my Mother in Wyoming.
I don't have a picture of my favorite piece of clothing, but that would have to be the raggedy old sweatpants that used to be my Grampa's. Gramma gave them to me when I was 14 and I still have them.
The item I'm most proud of is Scorch the Rockin' Dragon. He took months to complete and is 14" tall and 18 1/2" long. Each of those scales were made by hand (THOUSANDS of them)! Eventually I will list him on ArtFire.
Thank you so much for this interview. It was a lot of fun!
Thank you so much Michelle. I really enjoyed that! Hope all the readers did too!
Now I get to do my bit and spotlight some of the amazing items in CreativeCritters.
So we have come to the end of another fabulous ArtFire Artisan feature. Stay tuned for the next feature.