1. How did you get your start in the handmade community?
We started our business together as friends and moms of toddlers going to the same Waldorf school, where we were first exposed to needle felting and all things wool. After spending a lot of time together making things for fun, we decided to sell them to a wider audience. We were so excited when were accepted into our first local craft show! Here we are four years later. We feel very excited to be a part of the handmade community and among so many talented designers.
2. What do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own?
With us you get two creative brains for the price of one! The two of us collaborate on every creative decision and we always agree! We loooove color and texture and beauty, aren’t afraid to let our creations be whimsical and even...<cough>..cute. We aren’t trying to take someone else’s work and do it better, we are making things we’ve never come across before in the needle felting medium. We are always learning and exploring and best of all we are having fun doing it!
3. What or Who Inspires you?
When receiving custom orders often the person ordering will offer many intimate details about their lives and their children’s lives. These gems are sources of amazing inspiration to us as we feel so honored to be a part of their lives, if for just a moment. We are inspired by fairy tales and stories. Visually, we are inspired by beautiful children’s book illustrations. Colors and textures will get us purring like kittens. The creativity of other artists of any form are always inspiring.
4. What is your creative process like?
We start with discussing the client's wish list of ideas and each of us pulling from our inspirational Pinterest boards or books. Then we come back together to collaborate and sketch out a design (or two). Whichever one of us feels more passionate about the design usually creates the actual crown.
5. What is the coolest artistic tip you have ever received?
To trust ourselves and our creative eye.
6. What can we expect to see from you at Jackalope?
We are working on some new crown and wall hanging designs exclusively for Jackalope. We will have coin purses, slippers, mobiles and home decor as well.
7. Where can we learn more about you?
You can follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (mirthdesignsstudio) as well as our website mirthdesigns.com