I love My Paper Crane and that’s why I am so ecstatic that Heidi Kennedy, the mastermind behind My Paper Crane, agreed to be interviewed for this week’s Indie Artist Fixx. If you aren’t familar with My Paper Crane, Heidi creates works of art out of plush. I think Heidi sees the world as made out of fleece and polyfil and I don’t think there is anything she can’t make out of those materials.
Read more about Heidi and My Paper Crane in my interview with her below. Make sure to visit My Paper Crane to see what’s for sale and visit Heidi’s flickr site to see am overview of all the goodies she has created.
1. What’s the name of your business and what do create and sell?
My Paper Crane and I make and sell mostly plush but sometimes painting, embroidery and other random things.
2. When did you get started with your business and why did you decide to open your own indie biz?
I started my website about 5 years ago mostly just for fun. I wanted to be able to put the things I was making all in one place, it was a very rough website! I started blogging from it, and the business just sort of took off from there.
3. What’s the creative process like for you?
When I get a new idea in my head it is hard for me to sometimes concentrate on the stuff I should be doing (paperwork, orders, etc.) I will usually do a few little sketches to get the ideas down in some way. This sometimes will help me focus on “work” and then sometimes I will stay up late working on new ideas.
4. What’s been your biggest accomplishment so far?
It is hard to pick one thing..having my own solo show last year at Art Star was amazing, but I also feel very fortunate to have been contacted by Kidrobot. I have been working with them to make toys and clothing based on my designs and it has been amazing!
5. Tell us one funny/goofy/silly thing about yourself.
I have a funny thing for lotion and reapply it ALL the time, I dont like it when people put fabric in their mouths (its like nails on a chalk board) and I love to use Claussen pickles to scoop and eat fresh salsa…the round pickle chips.
6. What’s the best thing about what you do? And the worst?
Being my own boss and making my own hours….It could be said that this is also the worst. You have to always make sure to keep yourself on track. The other worst thing is doing taxes + paperwork…so boring!
7. What blogs and mags do you read and what shops do you shop at? List as many as you want.
Blogs (straight from my blogroll): Angry Chicken, Allsorts, Fine Little Day, Frecklewonder, Inside A Black Apple, Sugar Skull, Jamfancy, Kitty Genius, Krisatomic, Lisa Congdon, One Good Bumblebee, Pixiegenne, Plushyou, Pomly, Posie Gets Cozy, Sew Darn Cute, The Small Object steno pad, Soulemama, Shop 66, Flymaskin blog, Cozy Little Whimsy Nook, Small Stump, Yvestown, Wee Wonderfuls, Soto Softies, Green Kitchen, Cake Maker To The Stars, Vegan Yum Yum, Orangette, Wool & Water, Seamripper, and I am sure there are more I check in on…so many good blogs now a days!
Goodwill, Thrift shops, Target, Flea Markets—that is mostly it. I dread going to the mall.
ReadyMade, Bust, Venus, Martha Stewart’s (like Living, Kids back issues, Blueprint), CROQ zine, Craft magazine
8. Were you an artsy craftsy kid? If so, what kinds of things did you do?
Both of my parents dabbled in many forms of art + craft and so yes we always made things. I used to be obsessed with craft shows when I was younger, and tried making anything I could. Once I wanted to make handmade paper so much that I took the screen off my window and didn’t tell my parents. I figured I could use it and put it back without them knowing. Of course the paper left a residue that I couldn’t hide, and I couldn’t get the screen back in so I was caught. I also sewed (lots of hair scrunchies), made paper dolls a lot, and liked the paint + draw.
9. If a genie came along and granted you one wish, what would it be?
To always feel happy + satisfied with my life.
10. What does indie mean to you? You can give a literal definition, choose to be a little esoteric or a combination of both. 😉
Doing things on your own.
11. What are you reading, watching and listening to?
currently reading: The Buffalo Soldier + Leaping Beauty, I am also in the middle of reading Pinocchio to my youngest son at night.
currently watching: Once, 100% Wool, and re-watching The Office
currently listening to: Once soundtrack, Antony And The Johnsons, The Avett Brothers, I Hate Myself
12. What are your inspirations?
Flickr, my family, blogs, old toys, thrifting, the grocery store, books, paint chips, baking.
13. What’s new for 2008? Any new plans or products that you want to share?
I have two solo shows coming up this year (both on the west coast) One in Orange County CA the other at Schmancy in Seattle WA. I am also helping curate a group show in Gettysburg Pa with Jenny Harada + Spooky Daddy that is coming up Feb. 9th at Emmaus.
I have some more plans for new toys + clothing with Kidrobot coming up this spring. I have been also expanding the plush I make a bit from inanimate objects to characters + dolls from fairy tales.