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2/25/2011

Feature me Friday: Unik Creations

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This week we feature: UnikCreations
The perfect excuse for addictive creating.
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Who is UnikCreations?
UNik Creations is myself, a sophomore in high school with an abnormal amount of ambition and a passion for sewing,
dancing, and creating.
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What’s the first thing you remember making?
The first thing I can remember making was a halloween costume when I was, say, in the third or forth grade. I remember taking
an old dress, ripping the bodice from the skirt, and then using
the skirt over an old tutu so that it was like an old fashioned puffy, hoop skirt. My mother nearly killed me, considering it was a beautiful dress that could have been worn by my sister, but I loved it, my first taste of taking something and giving it a new voice. I've been doing it ever since.
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Where do you work?
For my sewing and crafting I basically invade a decent chunk of my families basement.
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What are your favorite tools?
My sewing machine (which I often refer to as my baby), my
duct tape dress model, and most importantly my seam ripper.
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Why work with recycled materials?
Working with recycled materials began because they were easier and cheaper for me to get my hands on, but has become something that inspires me. When your materials have a history,

I feel like it becomes a more interesting relationship. I'm not just taking my ideas and making them new, but taking things that already have a past and giving them new life. That's really the beauty of working with recycled materials for me.
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What music do you listen to while you’re working?
It really depends, if I need to chill I'll listen to classical, if I need to get pumped up I'll put on the radio to some awful pop station, and sometimes I just like to listen to some soft indie rock.
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Who inspires you?
So many people. Both my grandmothers are insanely talented and artistic, they partly got me interested in arts and crafting. My dance and art teachers really inspire me both in their determination and their willingness to experiment and "play" with what art is. I'm also so so so SO inspired by all the amazing things I see on Etsy, as we all know it can be mind shattering how much talent and creativity is both close to home and thousands of miles away. Not to be too corny, but I have become inspired really by this team's noble ideas, which are so much a part of me.
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Been to any great exhibits?
I live in a vibrant 5 college area, so I have been able to see so much local and global art. Recently I was awed by an exhibit called Luscious, by Emily Eveleth at the Smith college museum which was these enormous still life's of jelly doughnuts. Very memorable.
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Read any good books lately?
A few. I loved the book Button Button by Terry Talyor, I discovered it right after I began to work with buttons and was thrilled to hear so many other creative minds were thinking the same thing.
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How do you get from A to Z?
Biking and public transportation all the way- parents gave up on the whole issue a while back ;)
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What do you do for fun?
I love biking, swimming, dancing, cooking, painting, drawing, sewing, designing, and just plain playing.
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Besides Etsy, where can we find you work?
As a high school student, my main work domain is still school, but I also work as a teacher trainee at both my dance school and my temple. Basically I teach/ control little kids, and try not to be that horrible assisant teacher who is detested forever.
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How do you promote your work?
facebook for sure, flickr, email lists, handy business cards, word of mouth, plus my website and blog. To be honest, it's an area I probably need to work on.
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What’s in your future?
I'm still in high school, but someday I'd love to be able to really do what I'm doing now, crafting and beingable to live of it.
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Have any words of wisdom?
You are your own unique person... just like everybody else.
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Images & Text © UnikCreations
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3 comments:

alexkeller said...

oh, i love all the buttons!!!
[and i wish i had a basement]

fisheye said...

Great work! Creative and focused use of upcycling.

Bathroom Mirrors said...

They are really lovely. I have tried them at home. When i'm not busy i love to do little unique creations.