1. How did you get your start in the handmade community?
I enjoy attending the incredible community markets here in Northern California, and always leave inspired to create something of my own. I love collecting and finding ways to make things that fit my personal style, which led me to hand-painting natural bamboo housewares.
2. What do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own?
I’m super meticulous, pouring my heart and soul into each of my pieces. They become an extension of me. Each piece tells a story or emotion for me. At times it can be difficult to let go of them when sold!
3. What or Who Inspires you?
I’m extremely inspired by the mid-century modern aesthetic. As a life-long Californian, the influence that the West Coast’s ‘Sunbaked Modernism’ has had on my work is undeniable.
4. What is your creative process like?
I work best in spurts. I find that most of the time I need to mentally prepare myself to sit before beginning to paint. Magazines help spark fresh color combinations. I also find inspiration in the shapes of California-native plants and landscapes.
5. What is the coolest artistic tip you have ever received?
Even when you’re trying to make money with it, remember to stay true to what you love about making art or it will just become a job.
6. What can we expect to see from you at Jackalope?
I’ll bring my full line of customized housewares. Everything from bamboo planters, chopping boards and utensils to stoneware will be on hand.
7. Where can we learn more about you?
You can learn more about me through social media @Nevmade, and online at NevMade.com. NevMade items are also available through many West Elm retail locations throughout California.