Have I mentioned lately how many great artists we have at Fusion? Have I mentioned how many of them are also great people? Have I ever mentioned the possibility that we have a Cyborg working at Fusion? I’ve said it before, and I’m sure that I’ll say it again… I love meeting new artists as they come into the shop. That’s part of why I always try to make it to our Open Houses, because then I get to get to know them as people before getting to know them as coworkers. Wanda was the first new artist that I met in the new year, and was immediately friendly, interested and ready to be involved. In fact, I think she actually helped set up for the Open House that night. We’re all so happy to have her as part of the group, but seeing all the wonderful new product she brings into the shop regularly has led some* to speculate, wondering whether Wanda is a.) Part sewing machine, b.) a cyborg or c.)Some sort of evolved being that doesn’t require sleep. The world may never know the answer to these questions, but we were able to get the answers to 17 others from her. So, with the help of our friend Jessi at I Am What I Am on Main Street (who I’ve shamelessly stolen a lot of these questions from), and friends from the crafting community, I’ve compiled this list of questions to get the ball rolling, and introduce you to our friend, Wanda.
What do you create?
Oh no, where do I start? ‘If You Can Dream It, I Can Sew It.’
I create an array of products. American Girl and matching girl clothes, tote bags of all sizes, hanging hand towels, clutch wristlets, custom requests of the sorts, crocheted items, and more.
What is your bestseller?
Currently, American Girl and matching girl clothes have got the lead. Everything else is in the running.
What goes into making your creations?
Enjoyment, dedication, and detail
How long does it take to make your product?
Oh no, not again! Time varies as it is dependent on the product, design, fabric, and delivery.
Are there any materials that you have used in your products that you think may be unexpected?
No, and it is always a thrill to find new materials find a way to include in products.
Having and/or creating that extra something special. It is a joy to create and/or own a product designed, and hand crafted by a skilled artisan. It too supports and motivates an artisan’s creativity and share with others.
What do you enjoy most about selling your handmade goods?
The enjoyment and positive feedback received from buyers.
What personality trait do you possess that you think helps you the most as a professional crafter?
Attention to detail.
Do you take custom orders?
Absolutely, provided a custom dream can be sewn.
Do you buy handmade, and why?
A design and craftsmanship that speaks to me is a must have. Again, having that one- of-a-kind item to share with others and promote an artisan.
Do you have any short-term goals?
Find my market and identify four primary products.
Where do you hope to be in 5 years? 10?
To be ahead of where I am today.
Where can we find you to see more of your work, ask questions, and give you our money?
- Fusion store at Chesterfield Mall
- Annual Craft-A-Ganza at my home
- Annual Children’s Festival – “Paws for the Cause to Stop Child Abuse” – April 14, 2012
- Coming soon to Pinterest and Facebook
Who shot first, Han or Greedo?
Is there anything I missed, anything you’re dying to know about Wanda, her projects, sewing, or being awesome? Leave us a comment, we love hearing from you all too!
Thanks, and We’ll talk again soon!
*Our friend Andrea Lammle asked on the group facebook board a couple of weeks ago, and got a cryptic response. I just hope John Connor sent her back, and not SkyNet.
Writer Jeffrey Johnson
Stay-At-Home Dad and freelance Illustrator, comiker, crafter and urban homesteader. Jeffrey and his wife Amy work together at Fusion as Handmade Family, making back to basics toys, gifts and decor for growing families. You can find his work and personal blog at www.handmadefamily.com or around the web as redherringjeff.