Yancy Wilkenfeldt is proprietress at 5 Seed on Etsy and Bend’s Green Living Examiner. Her line of natural beauty products are all handmade and come in eco-friendly packaging to boot!
1. Tell me about how you got started crafting.
I have been interested in herbs since I was a little girl. I always wanted to make my own beauty and healing products. I loved reading books on herbalism and found myself making more and more of my own herbal beauty and healing products. I just loved experimenting with herbs, essential oils, and other such things.
2. What draws you to eco-friendly materials?
I have been passionate about the environment since I was a teenager. I have a deep love for the natural world that I believe was born from growing up on a goat ranch. The past few years have been truly life-changing for me – I have changed the way I do things in an almost radical way. I try to avoid plastic as much as possible and disposable items, in general. I’m all about reusing, conserving, re-purposing, upcycling and keeping the car in the garage whenever possible!
3. What inspires you?
I’m constantly inspired by nature. Whenever I feel creatively stuck, I notice that it is nature that makes me see things differently and gives me new ideas. I’m also endlessly inspired by seeing or reading about other people’s adventures, the changes they make to become more “green” and the things they create.
4. Who are your crafty heroes?
Not to sound like a total cliche, but I love Martha Stewart! I spent most of my twenties in a bit of Martha Mania! I loved watching her show and trying to emulate some of her projects.
My mother is also very crafty with scrapbooks and cards – I love looking at her work.
I also find that there are millions of crafty people on the internet. Whether they have stores on Etsy or blogs where they write and display their pictures, ideas and designs, I am always delighted by their creativity.
5. Where can folks find your work?
My shop is at Etsy.
Are you an eco-friendly crafter? If you’d like to be interviewed as part of the 5 Questions series, just contact me!