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The Art Dream

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John Lavelle
New York
Art Teacher

When did you first start crafting and how did you learn?

I began to draw at a very young age, I used to admire my older sister's work and often copied from her. Later I got into comics and learned from observing the artwork and drawing my own characters.
I then went to SVA in Manhattan for art school where I had a blast learning from all of my amazing professors.
Later when I became an art teacher I wanted to come up with unique projects for my kids so I began dabbling in crafts. It just grew and grew and I discovered my love for arts and crafts.

Can you remember the first thing you made?

Barely, I've made so many things over the years! But some of my first projects were pop-up illustrations and cards. I loved cutting out all of the layers and combining them to create the illustration. It was so amazing to make them three dimensional too.

Where do you look for inspiration?

As much as I try to come up with ideas on my own it's difficult without inspiration. Instagram is a great place to connect with other artists and teachers, I find a lot of inspiration through them.

What's your craft space like and how do you organize your supplies?

I try to keep everything in a storage unit I bought at Target, it has draws and cubes to keep bins, of course my collection of stuff keeps growing and growing but I generally am an organized person and like to have all of my materials within reach.

What music/podcasts/TV shows do you love to craft along to?

Hm I used to listen to music more often while working when I was younger, but generally I love my Colbie Caillat, I can listen to the same songs on repeat forever.

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

I generally love to make kids crafts, I find them so charming, innocent and cute of course, it makes me so happy to see when the children are happy and excited. I'm a big kid at heart and I intend to stay that way!

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Thanks to Cut Out + Keep for giving me this awesome opportunity, I hope my ideas reach some people out there and bring a smile to their faces!

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