Thursday, January 17, 2008
I have long been a fan of the whimsical embroideries of Aimee Ray, the author of "Doodle Stitching" (click here for more info on the book). Aimee has dropped by trustyourstyle today to talk about her work and I think you'll enjoy this!
mj: Your work is just great! Could you tell us a little about how you got into drawing/painting and embroidery?
aimee: Thank you! I started embroidering when I was around 5 years old, my grandma would bring me samplers to work on. Just in the last few years I have picked it up again to try out my own designs. I’ve always loved anything creative and I am a graphic designer so I do a lot of computer related artwork. I think one of the things that drew me back to embroidery is that it’s completely different than that. It’s an ancient art form but it’s easy to incorporate new ideas and styles into.
mj: What inspires you in your creative work?
aimee: Everything! Especially nature and animals, dreams, other artists, there are so many creative people out there! I have this internal need to make things and all the stuff I love comes out in what I do.
mj: What are some of your favorite projects that you've done? Are you working on
aimee: My book was challenging but really fun and it’s so exciting to see people enjoying it! I’d love to write more books and share more of my patterns. I’m always making things to sell in my etsy shop, and there are always a million ideas in my head of things I want to try, it’s just a matter of finding the time.
mj: Do you sell to other stores besides Etsy?
aimee: I have a few other shops I work with: brightoctober.com and glitterworkshop.com to name a few.
Here are A FEW THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT AIMEE RAY
FOUR OF MY FAVORITE DESIGNERS:
1 Souther Salazar
2 Jenny Hart
3 Amy Sol
4 Caroline Hwang
FOUR JOBS I HAVE HAD IN MY LIFE:
1 Greeting Card designer
2 Comic book colorist
3 Shoe salesperson
FOUR MOVIES I WOULD WATCH OVER AND OVER (AND DO):
1 Princess Bride
3 Spirited Away
FOUR PLACES WHERE I HAVE LIVED:
1 Thousand Oaks CA
2 Cerro Gordo IL
3 Nixa MO
4 Siloam Springs AR
FOUR TV SHOWS I LOVE TO WATCH:
1 Mystery Science Theatre 3000
3 Monty Python’s Flying Circus
4 Freaks and Geeks
FOUR PLACES I HAVE BEEN ON VACATION IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS:
1 San Diego CA
2 Branson MO
3 Eureka Springs AR
4 Shelbyville IL (I haven’t taken many real vacations lately)
FOUR WEBSITES I VISIT DAILY (Or at least Weekly):
FOUR OF MY FAVORITE FOODS:
4 deep fried almost anything
FOUR PLACES I WOULD RATHER BE RIGHT NOW:
1 at home working on craft projects
2 on a deserted beach
3 in a forest
4 in bed reading
Thanks Aimee for stopping by!