Hi again! Thanks for stopping by to check out another amazing vendor profile! Today we’re getting to know Michelle Jones from Hoosier Magnolia.
What’s your name, what’s your business name, and where are you currently located/crafting?
Michelle Jones, Hoosier Magnolia, Somerville, MA
Have you always been a maker? What are some of your earliest crafty memories or life events?
I have always been making things. At a Brownie meeting when I was 6, the assignment was to make an outfit out of newspapers. I think that the leader was expecting boxy tops over clothes. I locked myself away and fashioned a strapless mini-dress out of newspapers, sans playclothes underneath.
I also used to repeatedly draw my own paperdolls to represent the 50 states in the Miss America Pageant during class (in high school….). I still have them, at least 4 full sets.
Why do you make things? What or who keeps you motivated?
I make things now to see what is possible.
What are your favorite materials to work with? Do you have a favorite color palette?
My favorite colors are aqua/blue and red.
Who are some of your favorite indie artist/crafters and why do you love them?
Jen Corace makes fantastic prints. I love her use of color, humor, and whimsy, as well as line–or the lack thereof. Also Jaime Zollars makes beautiful illustrations. I am also a sucker for Fuzzy Ink and SharpShooter Ts. I just love them.
Any exciting future plans or developments in the works for the upcoming fair? (Nothing TOP-SECRET, of course!)
There may be an ornament or two in the works. Hoosier Magnolia trees! hurrah!
What are your best methods for fighting artist’s/crafter’s block?
To fight artist block: Good music. Good books (novels or art theory/criticism). Also, I will just force myself to sit down with fabrics spread out and begin to cut and tear to see what might happen. I don’t try to control the process. More interesting things happen the less I presuppose.
If offered a free trip, would you go to space? Do you think your chosen materials/media would perform/behave well in a weightless environment?
I love adventure and the stars. Off to space I would go! I suppose it would be hard to work with fabric and thread flying around all over the place, but that would give me more reason to sit back and enjoy the view.
It’s going to be quite the treat to swing by the Hoosier Magnolia table at the December BBB and see what Michelle has whipped up for us! See you there!