1. How did you get your start in the handmade community?
I was born into it!! My mother has always been a maker. She taught me how to crochet when I was 7 years old. I loved it! So, it was natural to choose a product that was created through crochet.
2. What do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own?
There aren't a lot of basket makers out there. And, certainly not a lot that create crocheted baskets using the materials I use. So, I feel that making baskets using jute and hemp is unique.
3. What or Who Inspires you?
So much inspires me! Since my baskets have a natural sensibility, nature definitely inspires me. But so many other things inspire me also: my mother, modern art, other basket makers from around the world - specifically baskets from Japan.
4. What is your creative process like?
There isn't a day when I'm not crocheting! (I try to take Sundays off, but seem to still find myself crocheting!). I listen to a lot of music and watch a lot of Netfilx while I'm crocheting, and find myself juggling a lot of thoughts in the midst of creating. So, I'm often writing notes consisting of new ideas, how to run my business more efficiently, etc
5. What is the coolest artistic tip you have ever received?
The most important tip that I've received (thankfully, early on in my making career) was to not compare myself to others - just do what I do.
6. What can we expect to see from you at Jackalope?
At Jackalope, I'll be carrying my crocheted jute and hemp baskets that I'm known for, and baskets with branch handles.
7. Where can we learn more about you?
You can learn more about me and see my work on my website: lklydesigns.com