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Pasadena Vendor Spotlight: Noshkins

How would you describe your style?  Are there any artists / designers that you particularly look up to?
Hmmm. I guess ‘playful’ would be the word I’d choose. I love the work of Chris Antieu! She’s able to make me think and laugh with her clever fabric pieces.

What do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own?
I take a lot of time to ensure that each of my Noshkins felt pieces is recognizable to kids in a realistic way. I don’t hold with dumbing down toys. They should be well made and beautiful. I add detail so that multiple senses are engaged. I have a sister and as good friend help me sew. The rule is to create the pieces as long as there is enjoyment in the making. I don’t want any bad juju going into the pieces!

What sort of things inspire you?  Where do you look for inspiration?
I look for inspiration all around me. Definitely nature, but also work by other artists.  I love being outdoors observing natures colors and textures. I also enjoy just observing people and how they interact and react.

When do you feel the most creative?
I feel especially creative after visiting a museum. I heard people say that there is no original art. But I think what we put into our art makes it original.

What is your creative process like?
I try to imagine what will spark smile in someone. Then it starts with a sketch and a rough sample. I could spend hours on a piece but eventually the actual production has to be cost effective. I’m constantly reworking patterns.

Any special item you'll be releasing or sale you'll be doing at the fair that we should tell people about?
We will be offering a 15% discount on all Noshkins sets and a 20% discount on Facekins eco-friendly reusable facial pads.

Where can we learn more about you?
My pieces may be seen at www.etsy.com/shop/noshkins and www.etsy.com/shop/facekins. Both shops have videos about their respective products.