Q: Tell us a little about yourself & your background in the arts & crafts world:
Hello! I'm Leanna Lin and own a shop/art gallery in Eagle Rock, CA (Northeast LA). I've been doing art and design since I was a kid, moving to fashion design and worked in the industry as a designer up until I opened Leanna Lin's Wonderland in 2010. I also have a jewelry line and have done a bunch of shows over the years including Find, Fashion Co-Op, Bazaar Bizarre, Unique, and recently Jackalope! Through these shows, I've met some amazing talents and decided to open my own shop to carry indie artists and designers!
Q: What/who is your biggest inspiration?
I'm inspired by so much around me (art, design, architecture, fashion), but I'd have to say I adore the street artist Fafi! I also look up to Tarina Tarantino, who I've been following since the beginning, for coming out with a specific brand and her businesses adventures with The Sparkle Factory.
Q: How did you get into your position in the arts & crafts world?
I started my own jewelry line in the early 2000's and started applying to some indie shows. I think the Fashion Co-Op was the trendiest one in LA back then & I would do those shows!
Q: Tell us about a few favorites of yours: Weekend activity? Food? Color? Animal?
I enjoy exploring what LA has to offer from the boutiques, secret stairs, eateries, museums and more! I'm always looking to try the next dessert trend and the perfect boba ;) My favorite color is purple and my favorite animal is the poodle.
Q: What do you love most about the handmade movement?
That you can get creative in any way and now market yourself well and turn it into a real business!
Q: What is most important feature in an artist’s application for you?
How well they brand themselves.
Q: What are you most looking forward to in being a part of the Jackalope Arts jury?
Being a part of the Jackalope community and helping to discover new talent!
Q: Where can we find out more about you?
@LeannaLIn on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest