Laura from Prairie Peasant makes beautiful, revamped journals. Her travel journals from vintage maps and hard backed rebound books are rocking my socks! Speaking of socks, she’s also got an Etsy store showcasing her knit goods!
1. Tell me about how you got started crafting.
I can’t remember a time where I wasn’t making things. I have always loved the creative process, and my parents always encouraged my siblings and I to use our imaginations and whatever supplies we had in the house. Craft kits were a common gift at Christmas time. Since then, I’ve always had numerous hobbies on the go at any one time, and still do for that matter. I love learning new things, so I’m always exploring new art forms and seeing how I can add it to my repertoire.
2. What draws you to eco-friendly materials?
There is so much waste in our society today, making recycling or repurposing and not buying factory made brand new the best way to slow down this trend. I also love the idea of transforming something unwanted into something different and functional. I enjoy the hunt for discarded books, atlases and other materials at thrift shops, garage sales, etc. When friends find out what I make, boxes of old paper have mysteriously shown up on my doorstep.
3. What inspires you?
I am inspired by the materials I find to use in my work, such as old books, maps, old clothes, pieces of hardware. When I find a great item, the ideas start flowing for how I can repurpose it in my work. I am also endlessly inspired by the amazing artisans out there in blogland, who share their stories of process and inspiration, including failures and successes.
4. Who are your crafty heroes?
My crafty heroes are all the artists on Etsy who are striving to use ecofriendly materials in such amazing and creative ways. They continuously motivate me to keep focused on my goals, and I thank each and every one of them!