Sunday, March 17, 2013

Featured artist Rikke from FeltedByRikke

For Today's feature I bring to you Rikke from FeltedByRikke.  She has an esty shop full of felted items  from dolls to miniatures.  Please enjoy the interview.  Hope you are having a super Sunday and a Happy Saint Patrick's Day! thank you for stopping by.

1. Tell us as little or as much as you would like about yourself.
My name is Rikke and I´m a 42 year old single mom of 4 children. I work part time as a teacher in history, science and cooking in a small private school. 


2. What do you sell?
I sell felted items mainly needle felted but I have a few pencil cases and purses that are knitted and then felted in the washing machine as well.  Most of my needle felted items are bookmarks or miniatures but I have other items as well like key rings, bracelets and dolls (not as toys). 

Hair elastics
3. Why handmade?
Because I think it´s a very special thing to own something that another person has created in their home, especially if it´s made in another part of the world. I think there is a charming twist to a purchase when you know a mom, a grandma etc. has sit in their living room creating something for you to buy and treasure.
We do buy so many factory-produced items where there is no love in it, no personality etc. so buying handmade is something I see as a more personal purchase.

4. Where does your inspiration to create come from and/or your inspiration in life?
That is a though one, I do of course get inspired by what I see around on the internet, but my creations always seem to have a life on their own. I have experienced so many times that I have one plan for what I will create but it ends by being something else. I always let it happen and do nothing to "control" the result apart from the quality of course.

Bookmark  Fox  needle felted gift
5. Besides creating what else do you do? Do you have a full time job?
I work as a part time teacher.

6. When did you start thinking you were an artist?
"An artist" well I think the first time I really felt like an artist inside was at a craft fair last year where I participated. The fair was very big and the opening speech was held by a very famous art critic. In his speech he mentioned my dolls as something people should really come and look at. I think that was when I realized I might really be an artist.

7. Who has been most influential in your craft work?
Actually none in particular. I have met a lot of people on the internet who needle felts as well but we don´t make the same things at all. My mother was very creative, but she died 20 years ago and didn't needle felt at all and at that time I didn't do any craft projects at all.

Mark

8. Where would you like to be in five years?
I would like to have a minimum of 100 items in my shop and I would like to have another Etsy shop selling other kinds of crafts that I do.

Miniature tortoise
9. Is there anything you'd like to try doing that you haven't done?
crafts, sports, life in general?

I dream about writing at least one childrens book and would like my miniature turtle to play a big part in that. I too would like to teach needle felting more than I do now.

10. Besides online where else do you sell?
I have been selling at crafts fairs but I don't do that so much more. It takes 4 hours to create a bookmark so it´s really hard with work and kids to stock up so I have enough items for a craft show when I at the same time sell quite well on the internet.

 ways to contact you: 
 Email:  feltedbyrikke@gmail.com

6 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for featuring me here on your wonderful blog!! :-D

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  2. These are soo cute. I love that sweet bookmark :)

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  3. Aww the miniatures are adorable. I really love the felt look :)

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  4. Rikke's work is so adorable! I have always loved felted critters. The bookmarks are very different.

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  5. Thank you so much for all your nice comments!! It really makes me happy!!

    Rikke

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