Hi. I'm Carrie. I am an artist. Always have been. At twelve, I owned my first business--splatter painting t-shirts on my back porch in Alabama and selling to local businesses. At thirteen, I was making large-scale abstract paintings. Big. Five or ten feet long. I had my first one-woman show at seventeen and my earnings helped to pay my tuition at the Rhode Island School of Design where I studied painting and glass-blowing. I worked for some great artists like Kiki Smith during that time and worked at the Gagosian Gallery in New York and....yawn....drooling....how bored are you? I know, me too. Fast forwarding...
Thankfully, I spent the next decade pursuing a life of art-school-girl recovery. Yeah for therapy! Since then I have owned a successful mural painting and wall finishing business called Studio A Mano for 15 years.
Now I have two kids and an amazing and thoughtful husband and we live in a little house in the desert. Everything I do is for my kids, because of my kids or with my kids. My family is my reason.
I returned to sewing when I was pregnant with my baby girl. It really was like some sort of hormone fueled, divine-feminine-wisdom thing. I had just had to sew! And now I am designing sewing patterns for my company, SUCH Designs, LLC and fabrics for Windham Fabrics.
*If you are trapped in a bus station with your iPad and nothing better to do, click here to read an interview about me.*
This whole modern craft movement feels really good to me. I am happy to be a part of it. And my kiddos guide me along the path. Everything I have made so far was inspired by them.
My goal is to help people to sew simple, artful stuff. My whole life I have heard people say, "My aunt was an artist, but I can't even draw a stick figure," and the like. Phooey, I say. Think of me as your inner-artist enabler! I want to help you Celebrate Your Inner Artist!™
And did I mention that we love Legos around here? Click here to read more if you do, too.
Thanks for reading.
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Hi. All the stuff on this blog is made and photographed by me (unless stated otherwise.) Please contact me if you'd like to use any images from this blog.