Maybe it's really dorky, but I've made Harry Potter costumes for my dogs several years ago. I made Professor Quirrell and Professor Lockhart.
by Bette C.
1. How come your so crafty?
Genetics and necessity.
For me, I really think it's innate. I have absolutely no training (or know-how sometimes) in any of the craft-type stuff I do. Usually, I make things because they're needed for some project I'm working on (theatre or film) and no one else has any idea how to find/make what is needed (necessity). So, foolishly I volunteer. Luckily, everything I've had to do so far has turned out fairly well. Both of my parents are artists and my grandmother did a lot of sewing, but she died before I was old enough to really learn from her (genetics).
2. Why is craft so important to you? What's your craft philosophy?
Craft has become important to me because it's tangible. I work primarily in the performing arts as a fight choreographer and actor and those things exist only in time. When I make a craft, I can hold it and I can look at it whenever I want - and it will always be the same.
I'm not sure I have a craft philosophy yet. I still feel pretty new to this world.
3. What, if anything, are you trying to communicate?
I'm not really to the point where I make crafts just for myself, so I'm not trying to communicate anything specific. I'm happy if a project turns out roughly how I imagined it.
4. How do you think the internet plays a part in your craft? Does any other form of technology play a part in your work? How important is it?
For me, the internet has been an invaluable in terms of research. Some of the things I've had to work on required quite a bit of research and technology has made that a whole lot easier for me. I just recently discovered sites like this - and it seems to be a great place to get inspiration and ideas for new projects.
5. How important is the internet to London's craft scene?
I'm not particularly familiar with London's craft scene, but I imagine it would be an excellent way to network.
6. What do you think crafted objects do for you?
They have helped me feel better about myself. As an actor, I admit I'm a bit insecure - always wondering whether the audience or reviewers will like my performance - or whether a casting director liked my audition and if I'll get cast. With crafts, I don't need anyone else to create a piece of art. I can be completely self-sufficient. And I can look at something tangible and think, "Wow, I made that."
7. What purpose would you like them to have?
I would like my crafts to make people smile... and maybe even say, "Wow."