stencil art, signs, handmade

Hobby, craft, handmade, art..?

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Swedish style inspired “Home St Home’ sign

The other day I was preparing some wooden signs in my garage when a Telstra guy came to fix a problem with our phone. He went in and out the house several times and suddenly asked me if I was an artist. This made me smile! ‘An artist’, I answered, well maybe you could call it that way…… can you?

I have never seen myself as an artist. I make crafts or have a hobby and I create things by hand. I am sure if you google artist, crafts person and hobbyist, you’ll get a huge amount of opinions about the differences between the two, the things they have in common and so on.┬áTo me it doesn’t really matter. It just made me feel good that the guy did ask me that, that’s all.

Maybe I am an ‘Artisan’

The French have a nice word for it – artisan. I have come across this word increasingly in Australia lately and it seems to refer to people who make things by hand, skilled workers who create high quality products on a low scale.

For me there is nothing better than planning and starting a new craft project. There is an enormous satisfaction in creating something with my own two hands. When it is finished I have this sense of achievement and almost find it hard to part with it. But parting with it is what I intend to do. I create the projects with in mind that they are going to be sold or least given away as presents.

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Sheer designer material set of cushions in beige and charcoal

I have just scored my first online sale through my Etsy shop ‘Easydone Decor. It was a pair of cushions that I made a while ago. They were beautiful but did not really ‘go’ in my house. Maybe that is the reason that I did not mind to send them off to their new owner. Funny enough these cushions were featured on a French website a couple of weeks ago. So their creation was in Brisbane, they were found and promoted by someone in France and were eventually bought by someone from Brisbane.

The things I make are a variety of things – cushions, mosaics, stencilled signs and I upgrade furniture in the ‘Shabby Chic‘ style.

I have been a dress maker since I was 13 and making cushions was an easy step. Years ago I learned to do mosaics and have been doing it since, not all the time but so now and then I keep on making them. My latest crafts are upgrading furniture and stencilled signs. I have to attribute both these skills to Coucou Atelier in Limoux where we bought a house a year or so back. Merrilees, the owner opened a whole new world for me with her workshops.

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Swedish style inspired “Home Sweet Home’ sign

And here I am, bit by bit working towards making these crafts a source of income. Because who would not want to make money with something you just love doing? And who knows, if in a couple of years I am successful and still am creating beautiful things, I may officially become an artist. If that is so I will fondly remember that day that the phone guy called me one already then….

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